Because freedom can't protect itself
In 2008, Obama promised more government transparency. Like his promise to eliminate the lobbyist revolving door, he has failed to deliver on this.
I agree that the Patriot Act should be repealed (indeed – parts of it should be struck down as unconstitutional).
However, the Israeli government did not “decide” to be at war with terrorists.
Jews have been under savage attack in the area since at least the First World War (when whole Jewish communities were wiped out) long before there even was an Israeli government. The Grand Mufti’s alliance with the German National Socialists (including his approving visits to the extermination camps) also started long before the modern state of Israel came into existance.
And today Hamas (and so on) are committed to the extermination of Israel – as is the wider region (one only need look at, for example, Egyption television, including television for children, to know this is so).
Whether a correct interpretation of Islam or not, the education system and media of the region teach people that it is their relgious duty to wipe Israel off the map – to push the Jews into the sea.
Israel is faced with vast forces decicated to genocide – to the extermination of Israel.
That makes the position quite different from the present position of United States.
The whole security state issue has been one of my abiding gripes toward President Obama. His refusal to investigate, let alone prosecute, Bush era crime, torture, is appalling. His invoking “states secretes” to hinder trails of the accused is well beyond my ethical standard. Democratic Party support for renewing the Patriot Act is as unsurprising as it is appalling.
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