27/09/2011 11:20 BST | Updated 24/11/2011 05:12 GMT

UN Vote - American People, or American Elite?

The UN speeches from Palestine and Israel last Friday apparently meant little to Americans, where media coverage of any kind has been scanty. Nevertheless a recent opinion poll from the Pew Research Centre shows that 42% favour the US recognising Palestine as an independent nation, with 26% against. Nearly a third (32%) expressed no opinion. The US veto obviously does not represent he American people, only the American elite.

Had they been able to see the numbers in the table below, it would have been impossible for Americans to have no opinion.

Population 5.5 million Jewish 11 million Palestinian(7M refugees)

Overall Land Controlled 91.7%Israel 8.3%Palestinian

Military Personnel 175,000 0

Reserves 500,000 0

Irregulars 10-15,000 3-5,000

Tanks 3,800 0

Artillery 1,500 large 0

Warships 20-30 0

Submarines 6 0

Combat aeroplanes 2,000 0

Nuclear weapons 300 0

GDP $195 billion $4 billion

Military expenditure $10 billion Negligible

Killed (over 63 years) 6,000 75,000

Wounded 20,000 300,000

Abducted/jailed 30 400,000

Homes demolished 0 50,000

Refugees created 0 6,000,000

Obama has been vacillating between his own conscience, and the wishes of those pulling the strings. he, like so many others, has traded his own sense of justice for a seat at the top table - the outward show of power, the trappings, the posh dinner parties. It may be an uncomfortable presidency for him, but it is a good deal more uncomfortable for those who most needed the justice he promised.