Because the fighting between Israel and Hamas is getting worse, former President Barack Obama has just chosen to break his silence and say what he thinks about it. In a social media post, Obama said that he supported Israel, spoke out against targeting civilians, and called for lasting peace in the area.
Some people may agree with what Obama said, but it could be claimed that he is not the best person to send a message about how morally wrong it is to kill civilians, given his history with drone operations and his support for Iran’s nuclear program.
In a letter sent on Monday, the former president said:
“All Americans should be horrified and outraged by the brazen terrorist attacks on Israel and the slaughter of innocent civilians. We grieve for those who died, pray for the safe return of those who’ve been held hostage, and stand squarely alongside our ally, Israel, as it dismantles Hamas. As we support Israel’s right to defend itself against terror, we must keep striving for a just and lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”
All Americans should be horrified and outraged by the brazen terrorist attacks on Israel and the slaughter of innocent civilians. We grieve for those who died, pray for the safe return of those who’ve been held hostage, and stand squarely alongside our ally, Israel, as it…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 9, 2023
People might not remember everything that happened during Obama’s time as president, which is something that Obama may have recognized. As a result, he may have made the strategically smart choice to stay out of the present situation.
Let’s go back in time using the made-up idea of a time machine to go to a time when Barack Obama was President of the United States. Recall the time when he sent $1.7 billion in money to Iran through a financial deal. You do, in fact, have the knowledge or skill in question. A spokeswoman for the Treasury said that the act was important because U.S. and foreign penalties were working against the Iranian government, which has been named the main sponsor of terrorism around the world.
At this point, it’s clear that Iran played a big part in helping Hamas plan and carry out a very strong strike, which is the worst attack Israel has seen in fifty years. Could it be said that Obama’s gift of money and Biden’s administration’s gift of $6 billion to the Iranian regime made it easier for the government to help Hamas attack Israel?
However, that’s not the only thing that’s wrong.
Obama’s comments about civilian deaths might have been received better if he hadn’t been responsible for the many civilian deaths caused by the American drone program, which said it was meant to target terrorists.
Less than two weeks ago, the United States conducted a drone strike over central Yemen, killing one al-Qaeda operative. The strike was the last under Obama (that we know of). The 542 drone strikes that Obama authorized killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians. As he reportedly told senior aides in 2011: “Turns out I’m really good at killing people. Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.”
It’s important to remember that the numbers above are only official statistics. They don’t reveal the exact number of innocent men, women, and children who may have died because of President Obama’s drone strikes in the name of fighting terrorism.
Additionally, it is worth mentioning that the previous president didn’t seem to be impacted by how seriously the mass murder of many people was taken. People thought his explanation for what he did was weak when he was asked about it in 2016.
“The truth is that this technology really began to take off right at the beginning of my presidency,” Obama stated. “And it wasn’t until about a year, year and a half in where I began to realize that the Pentagon and our national-security apparatus and the CIA were all getting too comfortable with the technology as a tool to fight terrorism, and not being mindful enough about how that technology is being used and the dangers of a form of warfare that is so detached from what is actually happening on the ground. And so we initiated this big process to try to get it in a box, and checks and balances, and much higher standards about when they’re used.”
Barack Obama’s foreign strategy is less effective when you look at what he says. In the effort to bring peace to the Middle East, every move and decision has big effects on the people and groups it affects. One awful irony is that the former president now condemns killing innocent civilians in a different country, even though he was responsible for killing innocent civilians in his own country.