Skip to comments.Kerry explains 911: US has "been alienating people", must be "sensitive to the rest of the planet"
Posted on 10/29/2004 7:46:30 AM PDT by tallhappyEdited on 10/29/2004 8:57:16 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Excerpt from Tony Snow's 9-16-01 interview with John Kerry where Kerry essentially said the US brought the attacks on ourselves with our policies and attitudes. This was the first sunday after 911 and Kerry was blaming US attitudes and polcies for provoking, essentially, the attack.
SNOW: Senator Kerry, earlier on the broadcast -- I want to go back to something you mentioned earlier. Earlier on the broadcast, Attorney General Ashcroft was talking about a series of changes he thinks we need to do to improve our domestic vigilance.
You referred to a bit of that when you were discussing money laundering. We have a series of laws to deal with drug dealers in terms of seizing their property, seizing their assets, the kinds of intelligence we can do on them, what we can do with their money and so on.
Do we need to apply that immediately to terrorists? And furthermore, do we need to be able to expand the FBI's ability to do domestic counter- intelligence?
KERRY: There is no question that we will have to change some of the laws in order to deal with terrorism. A lot of us have been trying to do that for some period of time in various sectors, and we've met with resistance because it was deemed to interfere with the normal course of business or, in some people's mind, to weigh too heavily on one side of the balance of how we view our freedoms of the country. But this, I think, has changed that. I'm confident Congress will respond.
But let me say one other thing we need to do, and some people will not probably appreciate this, but I think it's an honest statement of what the United States needs to do.
Globalization and technology have changed the perception of the United States in the world. And there are many of us who feel that we have not been doing enough or sensitive enough to the way in which we are perceived by many countries. We need to not only be tough here, we need to not only respond and ferret out Osama bin Laden, but we need to also listen. We need to also be thoughtful in some of the policies so that we can build friendships and build relationships around the globe and not be alienating quite as many people as we have, I think.
And also, we have to be be particularly sensitive to the rest of Islam and the Islamic world. This cannot be done in a way that lumps everybody into the same pool. There are distinctions here. Osama bin Laden is a perversion of Islam. In fact, the Taliban, many of the leaders of the Taliban are not even trained deeply in religiously. They don't have a deep background in religious training. They have taken Islam and they are changing Islam.
And what Islam itself needs is almost a reaffirmation, if you will. It needs to stand up and speak to the world about its peacefulness and its ability to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
And we need to be certain that we don't make matters worse in the ways in which we choose to do this. I think that is absolutely essential. And there's much we can do in our foreign policy, in my judgment, to be much more proactive, much more thoughtful and much more sensitive to the needs of the rest of this planet.
This has to be remembered.
THE FINGER POINTERS: Not all are terrorist and enemies of America. Some are innocently the "blame America first" crowd, who merely validate and sometimes script the sanctimonious rhetoric of America's enemies.
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Yes we must be "sensitive".... Sensitivity will stop those who butcher school children, rape women, behead innocent people, threaten to behead 7 year old... Sensitivity is what we need... forget leadership..lest just all sit around singing Cumbya.. that'll keep those that wish to do us harm at bay....
Damn Panty Waist Cuckold! You just know this was the kid that ate worms to be popular in grade school.
We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.
The rest of the World is just gonna have to adjust to that reality or die.
Check it out....Kerry wants to be Bin Laden's friend....
Why doesn't that fool wanker move to Europe and take his ridiculous wife with him....
Clearly he has never liked being American, going to school in Europe, hating VietNam (for his four months) and returning to slag every other long termer and POW serving his or her country.
He is a traitor and the guy lives off our tax money?
Now he thinks he can be King of the U.S.??????
Get him out of here.... and the U.N. right behind his sorry self.
He is no more American than Chirac
That is great!!!!
"But let me say one other thing we need to do..."
Buttman strikes again.
Good one! Thanks.
Good find...but you might want to change the date you put in BOLD to 9/16/01...not 04 (wink)
Always nice to review the History of our illustrious Leftists leaders!!!!
I'll take Bush's middle finger over that obnoxious Kerry index finger any time!
If this is the date of the interview, Chris Wallace had already replaced Tony Snow.
Muslims have been killing, beheading, raping and threatening people for centuries in order to get converts to Islam. This is not a new phenomenon. Kerry is stupid for saying such an ignorant thing.
this Goldberg article "What's So Funny about Peace, Love & Understanding?" sums up Kerry and his ilk.
Assume that you mean September of 2001?
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