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Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung

Die Jerusalem Post berichtet über die Pläne der Obama-Administration für eine neue Runde von Friedensgesprächen im Nahen Osten. Danach soll Israel

be left out of those discussions and simply presented with a fait accompli that it will be compelled to accept.

Aber nicht nur Israel wird endlich zu seinem Glück gezwungen, auch die Araber werden im Sinne einer volonté générale rigoros entmündigt:

On Wednesday, both Arab League General Secretary Amr Moussa and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas announced that they oppose the initiative. […] The administration couldn‘t care less. The Palestinians and Arabs are no more than bit players in its Middle East policy. As far as the Obama administration is concerned, Israel is the only obstacle to peace.

Das sind doch mal schöne Nachrichten aus der Levante!

Hat tip to: Verteidigt Israel, ein Blog, das sich anscheinend genauso über die Zwangsbefriedung der Irren freut wie ich. ;)

Slavoj Žižek: Use Your Illusions

Gegen linke Desillusionierer vom Schlage Judith Butlers, die anlässlich Obamas historischen Wahlsiegs vor falschen Hoffnungen und einem „kritiklosen Überschwang“ der Gefühle warnte, da diese vermutlich schon bald enttäuscht würden, erinnerte Slavoj Žižek in einem Online-Artikel vom 14. November in der London Review of Books an die geschichtliche Macht von Illusionen und die Naivität des politischen Realismus. Hier einige Auszüge:

Noam Chomsky called for people to vote for Obama ‘without illusions’. I fully share Chomsky’s doubts about the real consequences of Obama’s victory: from a pragmatic perspective, it is quite possible that Obama will make only some minor improvements, turning out to be ‘Bush with a human face’. He will pursue the same basic policies in a more attractive way and thus effectively strengthen the US hegemony, damaged by the catastrophe of the Bush years.

There is nonetheless something deeply wrong with this reaction – a key dimension is missing from it. Obama’s victory is not just another shift in the eternal parliamentary struggle for a majority, with all the pragmatic calculations and manipulations that involves. It is a sign of something more. This is why an American friend of mine, a hardened leftist with no illusions, cried when the news came of Obama’s victory. Whatever our doubts, for that moment each of us was free and participating in the universal freedom of humanity. […]

Obama’s victory is a sign of history in the triple Kantian sense of signum rememorativum, demonstrativum, prognosticum. A sign in which the memory of the long past of slavery and the struggle for its abolition reverberates; an event which now demonstrates a change; a hope for future achievements. The scepticism displayed behind closed doors even by many worried progressives – what if, in the privacy of the voting booth, the publicly disavowed racism will re-emerge? – was proved wrong. One of the interesting things about Henry Kissinger, the ultimate cynical Realpolitiker, is how utterly wrong most of his predictions were. When news reached the West of the 1991 anti-Gorbachev military coup, for example, Kissinger immediately accepted the new regime as a fact. It collapsed ignominiously three days later. The paradigmatic cynic tells you confidentially: ‘But don’t you see that it is all really about money/power/sex, that professions of principle or value are just empty phrases which count for nothing?’ What the cynics don’t see is their own naivety, the naivety of their cynical wisdom which ignores the power of illusions. (mehr…)

Rassisten beunruhigt

Deutsche Nazis kommentieren die US-Wahlen.

Exit Polls …

Key statistical voting groups for Obama (52.6%):

  • Black: 95%
  • Liberal: 88%
  • Jewish: 76%
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bi: 70%
  • Hispanic: 66%
  • Aged 18-29: 65%
  • Working-class: 59%
  • Female: 55%

Key statistical voting groups for McCain (46.1%):

  • Conservative: 78%
  • Mormon: 76%
  • Protestant: 59%
  • White: 55%
  • Rural: 52%
  • 60 and older: 51%
  • Male: 49%

Vgl. auch Türkische Wähler: Wo die CDU unter fünf Prozent liegt.

Böses Österreich

„… wie wenn der nächste Bundeskanzler ein Türke wäre.“ Warum der gemeine österreichische Rassist die Wahl Barack Obamas „äußerst beunruhigend“ findet. (via).

Fix und Foxi vs. Obama

Nicht nur Lizas Welt, auch die BILD-Zeitung mag Obama nicht: rechter Schmierenjournalismus auf Fox-Niveau.