Brian Baird, the fearless and principled member of congress from Washington State has given a thoughtful and tragic interview to Al-Jazeera in which he describes his frustration– some eleven months after the fact-finding tour that he Rep. Keith Ellison made to Gaza– that so far almost nothing has been achieved in terms of lifting Israel’s continuing siege on the Strip.
In the YouTube clip there, Ellison also says that the lack of progress on lifting the siege has been a “weight” for him, too.
Baird said that if nothing happens soon, he’ll introduce legislation to start cutting some of the US aid to Israel. But neither he nor Al-Jaz correspondent Todd Baer express much optimism on the clip that that proposal will get much support, either.
Sadly, on Dec. 9, Baird announced that he won’t be seeking re-election at the next election. His voice of compassion and quiet reason will be sorely missed.