Sunday, March 1, 2015

Heinrich To Boycott Israel PM Speech

New Mexico's Democratic senator Martin Heinrich will join the small list of senators and congress members who will boycott the upcoming speech before a joint session of congress by Benajmin Netanyahu, which some see as an attempt by supporters of Israel and Republicans to derail the Obama Administration's ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

Martin Heinrich
Both US and Israeli internal political realities require that politicians be able to conjure up in the public's imagination various bogeymen countries they can use to stoke fear among the public and periodically wage war against in order to deflect criticism of government policies and justify huge military expenditures that have everything to do with Imperial Capitalism and nothing to do with self defense. Think of the Soviet Union. Think of Gaza. Obama's attempts to negotiate a peaceful settlement with Iran threaten to damage Iran's bogeyman value.

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.

1 comment:

  1. I sent a message to our delegation, seems like the rest are going. I can see why Rep. Ben Ray Lujan feels he must attend, he has a new position which has to take into consideration the election and reelection of US House members. Not real sure why Senator Udall and Rep. Lujan Grisham feels the urge to attend. I am disappointed, but am sure I will get over it. Am glad Senator Heinrich, for whatever reason, decided to skip the speech. That gesture is a gesture of support for President Obama and I appreciate it.