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Happy Independence Day

July 4, 2010

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Greetings from Washington and welcome to America’s birthday party! Every year, Americans gather with friends and family on the Fourth of July to celebrate the values that inspired the founders of our nation more than two centuries ago, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now these freedoms are not unique to Americans. They are embodied in constitutions of many nations, and observed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that we all recognize. So today is a celebration of our common humanity. But it’s a special day for America and I’m delighted that we can mark it together, because Americans everywhere, especially our diplomatic corps, our foreign service and civil service officers, who many of you work with, are trying to help our nation to live up to our founding ideals and to make our country a force for peace and progress around the world. And under President Obama’s leadership, the United States is revitalizing old alliances and forming new partnerships based on mutual respect and mutual interest. We know no nation can meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 21st century alone — all of us have to take responsibility and work together.

So thank you for joining us on this Fourth of July celebration and let’s use this celebration as a chance to form new connections, exchange ideas, and find fresh solutions to our shared challenges. And reaffirm our commitment to advancing universal human rights. We’re very proud of our founders. Those brave patriots championed those rights 234 years ago, and they’ve been inspiring people not only in my country but around the world ever since. I know they inspire me. And I hope that together we can leave a legacy of freedom and opportunity to generations to come.

Thank you and please have a wonderful Fourth of July.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    July 4, 2010 10:55 am

    Happy 4th everyone. Stay safe.

    Thanks again Stacy for all you do on this site.

    I’m heading off to Israel for two weeks- Stacy, I’ll send my love to Bibi for you ;). I see that he’ll be in Washington Tuesday though to demonstrate that the dysfunctional relationship between the two love birds, the US and Israel, still is going strong.

    • July 4, 2010 12:33 pm

      Have fun and don’t get in trouble!

      And re: Bibi, I read a conference call readout from the White House and you’ve described the upcoming visit perfectly. Apparently certain Democratic members of Congress are worried that heading into the midterms, the fictional rift between the US and Israel will hurt them. I’m not even going to get into all that’s wrong with that assumption. I’m also avoiding coverage of Israel on this blog for a while because it’s too frustrating. It sickens me how the US is pandering right now and how the US media helps to spread their propaganda, even when it’s been shown to be demonstrably false- no matter how much the Obama admin. does for Israel, we getting nothing in return but constant demands to “prove” we are committed to Israel’s security. Never mind this administration never indicated otherwise. No justice for the Americans wounded and killed by the IDF because we are so busy cleaning up Israel’s messes.

      All I can say is thank God for people like Philip Weiss, MJ Rosenberg, Max Blumenthal (yes, son of Sydney), Richard Silverstein etc. who do everything they can to try to break through the nonsense and get the truth out there.

      • Tovah permalink
        July 4, 2010 12:35 pm

        Thanks to you I found Mondoweiss, Max and Tikun Olam in your blogroll and following your links.

        I find interesting as a Jew that so many of the pro-Palestinian activists are Jewish and often Israeli. I’m glad of that. We have a long history of civil rights advocacy and I’d hate to see that stop because of the Occupation.

  2. SpfcMarcus permalink
    July 4, 2010 12:23 pm

    I’m kind of getting addicted to this site.

  3. Steve permalink
    July 4, 2010 12:26 pm

    I enjoy reading your stuff marcus- you bring an interesting perspective.

    Hey Stacy- I forgot to ask- on your post about that dexamethasone research, you mentioned you were starting another blog? That’s in addition to this one, not instead of, right? Right? You’re not closing shop here are you?

  4. July 4, 2010 12:41 pm

    @Tovah- I don’t find it surprising at all, re: Jewish activists against the occupation. As you said there is a history there, and a very important one at that. If it weren’t for Jewish activists in the US and around the world, including Israel, the Palestinians would be in much worse shape and they know that. And it drives AIPAC absolutely insane.

    Without a doubt, the best information on what is really going on in Israel comes from international sources and in particular Israeli news sources and blogs like Tikun Olam, Mondoweiss and also South Jerusalem blog.

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