For the sake of our national interest I am willing to talk to countries and leaders whom we find detestable. But when you kill our people...to me that is when the conversation should end. Yet we continued to treat Arafat as a legitimate statesman for the next thirty years! And what has it bought us in Palestine? Absolutely nothing! They hate us and hate Israel more than ever, and the situation is just as unstable. The State Department spokesman's rather snooty response to the author's inquiry was just inexcusable in my view.
I would urge you to visit the link, which is extensively hotlinked.
Well, I'm afraid the short version is that the State Department is despicable, and has always been despicable.
Back some 400 years ago an Englishman wrote that "an ambassador is someone who lies abroad for his country."
The State Department can't even manage to do that. They don't lie for our country, they lie for some involuted bureaucratic goal that only they could possibly understand.
Black September ping
Thanks for bringing this back. We had a post here when Larry Elder was discussing this on his show -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/647406/posts
I beg to differ with the "a blogger uncovers" line. This has been known for decades!! I knew it myself many years ago.
Blood, Deceit, and hatred- Yasser Arafat's Dark Legacy
various FR links | 11-12-04 | The Heavy Equipment Guy
Ping for later read.
I really don't have the time to do the research for you, but I do find myself compelled ...What an arrogant jerk!
This, and all similar questions, have a simple answer.
There is a power rising in the East. This power seeks our destruction.
Removal of this power from the earth requires military and civilian effort on a larger scale that WW II.
No American elected official could survive advocating such an effort.
Therefore, there are three choices to make.
Our policy towards Islam has been a combination of all 3 since 1968.
To these three, George W. Bush has added a fourth - make a military demonstration and hope that It's A Small World After All.
Why was the FOIA request not filed before publication? Seems cart-before-horse to me.