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December 29, 2009

Kudos to Reps. Baird and Ellison!

Filed under: Gaza,U.S. Congress — Helena Cobban @ 10:25 pm

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.



  1. Surely Egypt is also responsible for the siege.

    Comment by Joe in Australia — December 30, 2009 @ 6:26 am | Reply

  2. Surely Egypt is also responsible for the siege.

    This is easy to say, the fact is with a new Steel wall insulation which purely funded by US tax payers for proxy regime in Egypt was supported by billions of US aids for building the steel wall while millions in Egypt in needs for very little to survive their daily life much important than building Steel wall.

    Most of you talking/ concerned US pay billions to Israeli for building new settlement or weaponry or to compensate the Israeli destruction in Plasticine.

    Now it turned around, the proxy regime in Egypt do the job so this just new phase of manipulation of public view/ mind with realty gone under the sand.

    Comment by Salah — December 30, 2009 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

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