OREGON SENATOR RON WYDEN HAD A TOWN MEETING SCHEDULED IN CLACKAMAS COUNTY YESTERDAY. AROUND FORTY PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO THE SCHEDULED LOCATION, ALL BUT ONE OF THEM THERE TO DEMAND THAT WYDEN MAKE A STATEMENT ON THE ISRAELI INVASION OF GAZA.
BUT THEY WERE DISAPPOINTED TO LEARN THAT RON WYDEN HAD CANCELLED THE MEETING AT THE LAST MINUTE IN ORDER TO HEAD BACK TO WASHINGTON.
Hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. The group is organizing with other secular and faith-based groups "Camp Hope: Countdown to Change" in Chicago, four blocks from Obama's residence there. The camp begins on New Year's Day and continues to Dr. Martin Luther King Day. Kelly says "Large lobbying groups, including some of the large corporations, are pushing Obama around the clock to preserve the status quo, wage war and provide for unbridled greed. What we're asking is that the money spent on the military be spent instead on soluble problems such as lack of healthcare."
"ISRAEL’s war in Gaza is an act of political insanity. It is the product of a deeply disturbed society, able neither to curb its military arrogance nor calm its profound paranoia. The consequences are likely to be painful for Israel’s long-term prospects." So argues a leading British writer on the middle east, Patrick Seale, in this essay read here by Tom Becker. You can find it in print at the Saudi Gazette.