Edmonton Sun | 25Sep2010 | Orest Slepokura

Synchronicity is cute

Empty chairs stood where the Israeli delegation should have been during President Obama’s address to the 65th U.N. General Assembly. Its absence, which coincided with the second day of the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, was understandable if unfortunate, considering U.S. President Barack Obama’s address included an urgent appeal for his fellow world leaders to get behind Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations currently under way. A blunder by a protocol chief? A bad omen? Tell-tale symbolism? Or, to paraphrase Freud, is absence sometimes just absence?

Orest Slepokura

(Synchronicity is cute, but meaningless.)