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Here we are at November 4th Election Day, no rx trazodone as I continue to procrastinate walking around the block to vote. Why? There are a number of reasons, no rx trazodone perhaps the main one being the fatigue from all the media pageantry and propaganda. I continue to wonder who exactly are these candidates I'm supposed to be voting for and do they represent the best interests of Americans and/or our country at large? Perhaps another reason stems from watching what I could of the debates.   I realized that 'Houston really had a problem' when I observed Joe Biden and Sarah Palin falling over each other, no rx trazodone competing for who was more pro- Israel. It seems to me our candidates used to compete for who was more pro-American than the other. I'm not necessarily saying that either was any more or less sincere, no rx trazodone other than at least they were focusing on the correct country where the election was being held. I have been involved in the world of politics for years now.   In these years I've learned a lot about our political system and how it works, no rx trazodone and/or how it doesn't. I have come to wonder that, no rx trazodone when and if I vote, no rx trazodone am I enabling a corrupt and broken system, no rx trazodone by placing my vote (on a ballot that may or may not be tabulated), no rx trazodone for a candidate I cannot place any adequate, no rx trazodone necessary trust? How do we remedy the lack of trust in our system that is so increasingly pervasive? I believe and know there are solutions. However, no rx trazodone those solutions will require that Americans wake up and take an even more direct participation and activist stance, no rx trazodone as with other citizens around the globe who are experiencing the same problems and issues with their elections as well. Of course my friends will be angry if I choose not to vote - as I have been in the past when I felt my friends who didn't vote, no rx trazodone were either being apathetic or 'bitter' by not placing a vote. How I understand such an alternative position today. I wanted to share an article by a woman whose work I came across a few years ago and who has been someone I've grown to admire for her courage and for her own journey and awakenings into the world of Israel and it's increasing power and dominance over our own country and political system. I like most Americans was virtually unaware of the power such a small area of land encompasses over our nation, no rx trazodone however the more I have learned, no rx trazodone the more I realize how important it is for all of us to become more aware of the issues and policies dictating so much of the direction our nation is headed. I ask that you don't take my word or even Kathleen Christison's word for it, no rx trazodone but begin searching and researching the issues surrounding Israel and Palestine, no rx trazodone along with the Israeli Lobby, no rx trazodone for yourself. I think this article is important because, no rx trazodone even in its rather blunt tone (one gets tired of beating around the bush after years of being diplomatic*) I believe it reveals how we as Americans are  offered by our media what are solely, no rx trazodone rather gross mischaracterizations and demonizations of individuals (primarily Muslim) and issues which call Israel and its policies into question. The level of accusatory, no rx trazodone vendictive and hostile actions targeted at those who question the role of Israel and its policies is unprecedented. No rx trazodone    In addition, no rx trazodone when any distortions of truth and fact are allowed to be promoted and perpetuated, no rx trazodone I believe it is a dangerous and destructive precedent that is at the very, no rx trazodone very least, no rx trazodone not serving Americans in any way, no rx trazodone shape or form. xoxo Connie McCain, no rx trazodone Obama and Khalidi By KATHLEEN CHRISTISON I know Rashid Khalidi.  You, no rx trazodone Senator McCain, no rx trazodone are no Rashid Khalidi. And you, no rx trazodone Senator Obama, no rx trazodone are most certainly no Rashid Khalidi either. I don’t know Khalidi very well, no rx trazodone but I interviewed him in 1989 for a book on Palestinian political views, no rx trazodone and I’ve talked to him on the phone a few times since. I know that he is a superb scholar, no rx trazodone as anyone else who has met him, no rx trazodone listened to him speak, no rx trazodone or read any of his many books knows. He is non-polemical, no rx trazodone his tone in both writing and speaking is measured, no rx trazodone he writes nothing except what can be backed up by solid evidence. He does not “bash” Israel, no rx trazodone and does not “bash” the United States for unquestioningly supporting Israel; he writes only about Israeli and U.S. No rx trazodone policy in terms of how these policies affect Palestinians living under Israeli domination and Middle East peoples living under U.S. No rx trazodone hegemony. His criticism of Israel is reasoned, no rx trazodone unemotional, no rx trazodone and balanced.  He has frequently criticized the policies of the Palestinian leadership -- that PLO that McCain personally equated to neo-Nazis, no rx trazodone that Sarah Palin mocked, no rx trazodone and to which the McCain campaign has linked Khalidi -- in similar terms. It would dignify the charges against Khalidi too much to deny specifically that he is a terrorist or an anti-Semite or an Israel hater. Khalidi himself is wise to have ignored the charges, no rx trazodone referring to the political atmosphere today, no rx trazodone in his only statement on this imbroglio, no rx trazodone as “this idiot wind.” The irony in this entire mess is that Khalidi has never been a PLO spokesman -- in fact, no rx trazodone was chosen to advise the Palestinian delegation to the 1991 Madrid peace conference specifically because he was not linked to the PLO.  Israel’s condition for attending the conference – which the United States, no rx trazodone as always, no rx trazodone bowed to – was that no member of the Palestinian delegation be associated with the PLO.  It is a further irony that it would matter little even if Khalidi had been and were still a PLO spokesman. Do these idiot politicians not know that Israel recognized the PLO 15 years ago, no rx trazodone that the U.S. No rx trazodone has been talking to the PLO ever since, no rx trazodone that the PLO heads the recognized leadership of the Palestinians, no rx trazodone the semi-governmental Palestinian Authority, no rx trazodone that Bill Clinton hosted PLO leader Yasir Arafat and many of his PLO lieutenants in the White House 13 times during his tenure, no rx trazodone that George Bush has hosted Mahmoud Abbas, no rx trazodone current PA president and PLO leader, no rx trazodone several times at the White House, no rx trazodone that Israel is negotiating (after a fashion) with Abbas? It is perhaps easy to dismiss the McCain-Palin rantings as the desperate hate speech of rightwing nuts who have no other means of attacking Barack Obama.  The charges against Khalidi are obviously in the same vein as the “Obama is a Muslim/Obama associates with terrorists” charges. But what is totally unconscionable and unacceptable is Obama’s own reaction to the anti-Khalidi ravings. Although it is not surprising from a man who repudiated Jeremiah Wright, no rx trazodone his pastor and friend for 20 years, no rx trazodone Obama’s betrayal of Khalidi is outrageous and, no rx trazodone frankly, no rx trazodone quite slimy. After the McCain charges, no rx trazodone Obama’s campaign hurried to issue a statement affirming, no rx trazodone as its first order of business, no rx trazodone Obama’s fealty to Israel and following this up with an assurance that Obama does not agree with Khalidi’s views. No denunciation of the anti-Semitic or the neo-Nazi charges against Khalidi; no recognition of Khalidi’s very reasoned, no rx trazodone moderate scholarship; no indication of any loyalty to a friend.  Just a frightened, no rx trazodone expedient, no rx trazodone Obama-must-never-be-associated-with-criticism-of-Israel reaction. Thus have U.S. No rx trazodone politics fallen utterly and completely into the hands of Israel and its vociferous and moneyed supporters in the United States. This sorry episode is clear testimony to how abjectly U.S. No rx trazodone political discourse and virtually all U.S. No rx trazodone politicians have been absorbed into the Israel lobby’s pro-Israeli and specifically anti-Palestinian agenda.  It is also testimony to Barack Obama’s cold, no rx trazodone calculating, no rx trazodone and highly dishonorable political expediency. However much his political supporters might contend that he will change once elected, no rx trazodone he continues to give the lie to that hope. The original article can be found at www.counterpunch.org Kathleen Christison is the author of two books on Palestinians and U.S. No rx trazodone policy on Palestine-Israel, no rx trazodone and has a book forthcoming next year from Pluto Press, no rx trazodone co-authored with Bill Christison, no rx trazodone on the Israeli occupation and its impact on Palestinians.