Although Heinrich's stated reasons for boycotting the Netanyahu speech are carefully worded to minimize the danger of invoking the ire of Israel's powerful US lobby against him, the fact that he has announced he will boycott the speech demonstrates considerable courage, and its implications in terms of what it says about his degree of support for Israel's murderous Zionist colonization of Palestinian land can't be ignored.
As an article in today's Albuquerque Journal shows, the rest of New Mexico federal legislators, who will all be attending the speech -- Democrats Tom Udall, Michelle Grisham and Ben Lujan (Republican Steve Pearce will show up early and eagerly) -- are providing us with some very uncouragous justifications. They try to have it both ways. They express reservations about the speech but can't quite come up with the guts not to go.
Thanks, Senator Heinrich.