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Bush Calls for Lasting Middle East Cease-Fire, End of Status Quo
American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith

Posted on 07/31/2006 6:00:09 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2006 – The current Middle East crisis between Israel and Hezbollah is part of a larger struggle between the forces of freedom and terror, President Bush said today in Miami.
 
“For decades, the status quo in the Middle East permitted tyranny and terror to thrive,” Bush said during a speech at the U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command. And as we saw on September the 11th, the status quo in the Middle East led to death and destruction in the United States, and it had to change.”
 
Bush said America must continue to oppose terrorism by promoting democracy across the broader Middle East. “This task is long, it is difficult work, but it is necessary work,” he said.
 
The advance of democracy will give the people of the region a brighter future, will help eliminate terrorist safe havens and make the U.S. more secure, he said.
 
The president said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s recent trip to the region has helped calm the situation. “She is working urgently to get a sustainable cease-fire--a cease-fire which will last,” he said.
 
The United States is working toward a U.N. resolution to end the violence and lay the groundwork for a lasting peace accord, Bush said. He highlighted the importance for the international community to remember that the current conflict began with the actions of Hezbollah.
 
“As we work with friends and allies, it is important to remember this crisis began with Hezbollah's unprovoked terrorist attacks against Israel,” he said. “Israel is exercising its right to defend itself.”
 
Hezbollah – Arabic for “Party of God” – is a Lebanese terror group inspired by the Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979. The group was founded in 1982 with the goal getting Israeli troops to withdraw from southern Lebanon, which they eventually did in 2000. Hezbollah consists of political and military wings, and its formidable influence in Lebanon is often likened to a “state within a state.” Hezbollah reportedly is backed financially by Iran and Syria.
 
The tensions between Israel and Hezbollah escalated when Hezbollah guerrillas kidnapped two Israeli soldiers July 12. The terror group then fired numerous rockets on northern Israeli cities and towns, causing Israeli troops to reenter southern Lebanon in an effort to stop the rocket attacks.
 
The president stressed that clear objectives must be achieved before a workable peace can take root. For instance, Lebanon’s democratically elected government must exercise sole authority over its territory, and Iran and Syria must end their support of terrorism and respect Lebanon’s national sovereignty, he said.
 
“This approach will make it possible what so many around the world want to see: the end of Hezbollah's attacks on Israel, the return of the Israeli soldiers taken hostage by the terrorists, the suspension of Israel's operations in Lebanon, and the eventual withdrawal of Israeli forces,” he said.
 
Later in the day, Bush spoke about today’s U.N. resolution that calls on Iran to quit its nuclear program by Aug. 31 or face sanctions. He said the resolution was proof that America and its allies can achieve diplomatic objectives.
 
“The Iranians must hear loud and clear with this resolution the world is intent upon working together to make sure that they do not end up with a nuclear weapon or the know-how to build a nuclear weapon,” Bush said.

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Transcript of President Bush's Remarks


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; ceasefire; east; end; geopolitics; lasting; middle; statusquo

1 posted on 07/31/2006 6:00:10 PM PDT by SandRat
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Statements from Washington


2 posted on 07/31/2006 6:00:43 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

When your foes are all vanquished, then you will have a cease-fire.


3 posted on 07/31/2006 6:01:12 PM PDT by MarcusAurelious (If you are lost in battle, we're splitting your gear.)
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To: SandRat

Ah, he's just kidding around as usual! That President!


4 posted on 07/31/2006 6:02:23 PM PDT by Quark606
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To: SandRat
The current Middle East crisis between Israel and Hezbollah is part of a larger struggle between the forces of freedom Good and terror Evil.
5 posted on 07/31/2006 6:05:27 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam........not fit for human consumption.)
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To: SandRat

I am sure the terrorists will honor a cease fire, just as they have done in the past.


6 posted on 07/31/2006 6:05:31 PM PDT by Finger Monkey (H.R. 25, Fair Tax Act - A consumption tax which replaces the income tax, SS tax, death tax, etc.)
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To: BerthaDee
I am sure the terrorists will honor a cease fire, just as they have done in the past.

GOOD ONE!!!!

7 posted on 07/31/2006 6:11:54 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
The United States is working toward a U.N. resolution to end the violence and lay the groundwork for a lasting peace accord, Bush said.

He's going to get a U.N. resolution to make a "lasting peace"...What a leader!

8 posted on 07/31/2006 6:26:07 PM PDT by meandog (While Clinton isn't worthy even to scrape Reagan's shoes' soles, Bush is worthy only to shine them!)
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To: meandog

although...... to GW's Texas mind this could be the perfect way to prove that the UN was deserving of going the way of the League of Nations no matter what it does. That sly Texas mind knows that the UN dog don't hunt despite what the Big City Fellers says that it does.

What a way to show up the Big City Feller for a Flim-Flam Man to the whole country.


9 posted on 07/31/2006 6:31:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

What ever happened to GW? He has gone as soft as a ripe grape. If he believes there will be a lasting ceasefire between the Israelies and the muslime animals he is in "Chamberlin" la la land.


10 posted on 07/31/2006 6:32:09 PM PDT by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you! (MaDuce = M2HB .50 BMG))
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To: MaDuce

see reply #9


11 posted on 07/31/2006 6:34:18 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: meandog

The UN IS the problem.Bush was great i dealing with the UN before the Iraq war. Now he seems too willing to allow them to "handle" Mid East problems.Bad move


12 posted on 07/31/2006 6:42:40 PM PDT by gettheUNout
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To: SandRat
Who cares about what President Bush says. Judging by the threads pounded out around the clock by some nutcases here, all anybody cares about these days is what Mel Gibson says.

Oh, wait, I care. I'm probably the only one left.

13 posted on 07/31/2006 7:04:10 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: SandRat

Gimme a break. George and Condi now live on some other planet. I'm really glad she's NOT running.


14 posted on 07/31/2006 7:07:19 PM PDT by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com† | Iran Azadi | Appeasement = Capitulation)
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To: KellyAdmirer

Who's Mel Gibson????


15 posted on 07/31/2006 7:13:59 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
Aren't cease fires the problem? Do we seek a cease fire with al Qaida?
16 posted on 07/31/2006 7:16:01 PM PDT by Invisible Gorilla
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To: SandRat

Well, the Presidents' own party is calling for an immediate cease fire.....perhaps this is why the tone has changed?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/07/31/hagel.mideast/index.html

Just a small quote from this story....."He called on Bush to name "a statesman of global stature" as his personal envoy to the region."

Ouch!


17 posted on 07/31/2006 7:22:22 PM PDT by Dazedcat (Dear God, please make it stop)
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To: SandRat
The advance of democracy will give the people of the region a brighter future, will help eliminate terrorist safe havens and make the U.S. more secure, he said.

Not if the people elect radical Islamists and pro-terrorists to power, as happened in Palestine. How about promoting liberty instead, Mr. President?

18 posted on 07/31/2006 7:23:53 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Going partly violently to the thing 24-7!)
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To: SandRat
Who's Mel Gibson????

Oh man, if you are being geniune, you are such a lucky person.

19 posted on 07/31/2006 7:25:10 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: KellyAdmirer

I don't like movies much since The Duke went to the last Round-Up


20 posted on 07/31/2006 7:30:09 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat
"I don't like movies much since The Duke went to the last Round-Up"

You said it brother.


21 posted on 08/01/2006 2:37:11 AM PDT by MaDeuce (Do it to them, before they do it to you! (MaDuce = M2HB .50 BMG))
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