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Netanyahu's Address to the U.S. Senate (victim of media blackout)
netanyahu.org ^ | 4/10/02 | Benjamin Netanyahu

Posted on 04/11/2002 9:03:57 AM PDT by ppaul

Benjamin Netanyahu speech before the US SENATE

Distinguished Senators,

I have come here to voice what I believe is an urgently needed reminder: That the war on terror can be won with clarity and courage or lost with confusion and vacillation. Seven months ago, on a clear day in the capital of freedom, I was given the opportunity to address you, the guardians of liberty. I will never forget that day - a day when words that will echo for ages pierced the conscience of the free world:

Words that lifted the spirits of an American nation that had been savagely attacked by evil. Words that looked that evil straight in the eye and boldly declared that it would be utterly destroyed. Most important, words that charted a bold course for victory.

Those words were not mine. They were the words of the President of the United States.

In an historic speech to the world last September and with determined action in the crucial months that followed, President Bush and his administration outlined a vision that had the moral and strategic clarity necessary to win the war on terror.

The moral clarity emanated from an ironclad definition of terror and an impregnable moral truth. Terrorism was understood to be the deliberate targeting of civilians in order to achieve political ends. And it was always unjustifiable. With a few powerful words, President Bush said all that needed to be said: ‘Terrorism is never justified.’

The strategic clarity emanated from the recognition that international terrorism depends on the support of sovereign states, and that fighting it demands that these regimes be either deterred or dismantled.

In one clear sentence, President Bush expressed this principle: ‘No distinction will be made between the terrorists and the regimes that harbor them.’

This moral and strategic clarity was applied with devastating effect to the Taliban regime in Afghanistan that supported Al Qaeda terrorism.

No false moral equivalence was drawn between the thousands of Afghan civilians who were the unintentional casualties of America’s just war and the thousands of American civilians deliberately targeted on September 11.

No strategic confusion lead America to pursue Al Qaeda terrorists while leaving the Taliban regime in place.

Soon after the war began, the American victory over the forces of terror in Afghanistan brought to light the third principle in the war on terror - namely, that the best way to defeat terror is to defeat it.

At first, this seemingly trite observation was not fully understood. Contrary to popular belief, the motivating force behind terror is neither desperation nor destitution. It is hope - the hope of terrorists systematically brainwashed by the ideologues who manipulate them that their savagery will break the will of their enemies and help them achieve their objectives - political, religious, or otherwise.

Defeat this hope and you defeat terrorism. Convince terrorists, their sponsors, and potential new recruits that terrorism will be thoroughly uprooted and severely punished and you will stop it cold in its tracks.

By adhering to these three principles – moral clarity, strategic clarity and the imperative of victory - the forces of freedom, led by America, are well on their way to victory against terror from Afghanistan.

But that is only the first step in dismantling the global terrorist network. The other terrorist regimes must now be rapidly dealt with in similar fashion.

Yet today, just seven months into the war, it is far from certain that this will be done.

Faced with the quintessential terrorist regime of our time – a regime that both harbors and perpetrates terror on an unimaginable scale – the free world is muddling its principles, losing its nerve, and thereby endangering the successful prosecution of this war.

The question many in my country are now asking is this: Will America apply its principles consistently and win this war, or will it selectively abandon those principles and thereby ultimately lose the war?

My countrymen ask this question because they believe that terrorism is an indivisible evil and that the war against terror must be fought indivisibly. They believe that if moral clarity is obfuscated, or if you allow one part of the terror network to survive, much less be rewarded for its crimes, then the forces of terror will regroup and rise again.

Until last week, I was certain that the United States would adhere to its principles and lead the free world to a decisive victory. Today, I too have my concerns.

I am concerned that when it comes to terror directed against Israel, the moral and strategic clarity that is so crucial for victory is being twisted beyond recognition.

I am concerned that the imperative of defeating terror everywhere is being ignored when the main engine of Palestinian terror is allowed to remain intact.

I am concerned that the State of Israel, that has for decades bravely manned the front lines against terror, is being pressed to back down just when it is on the verge of uprooting Palestinian terror.

These concerns first surfaced with the appearance of a reprehensible moral symmetry that equates Israel, a democratic government that is defending itself against terror, with the Palestinian dictatorship that is perpetrating it.

The deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians is shamefully equated with the unintentional loss of Palestinian life that is the tragic but unavoidable consequence of legitimate warfare.

Worse, since Palestinian terrorists both deliberately target civilians and hide behind them, Israel is cast as the guilty party because more Palestinians have been killed in Arafat’s terrorist war than Israelis.

No one, of course, would dare suggest that the United States was the guilty party in World War II because German casualties, which included millions of civilians, were twenty times higher then American casualties.

So too, only a twisted and corrupt logic would paint America and Britain as the aggressors in the current war because Afghan casualties are reported to have well exceeded the death toll of September 11.

My concern deepened when, incredibly, Israel was asked to stop fighting terror and return to a negotiating table with a regime that is committed to the destruction of the Jewish State and openly embraces terror.

Yasser Arafat brazenly pursues an ideology of policide – the destruction of a state –and meticulously promotes a cult of suicide.

With total control of the media, the schools, and ghoulish kindergarten camps for children that glorifies suicide martyrdom, Arafat’s dictatorship has indoctrinated a generation of Palestinians in a culture of death, producing waves of human bombs that massacre Jews in buses, discos, supermarkets, pizza shops, cafés – everywhere and anywhere.

Israel has not experienced a terrorist attack like the one the world witnessed on that horrific day in September. That unprecedented act of barbarism will never be forgotten.

But in the last eighteen months, Israel’s six million citizens have buried over four hundred victims of terror – a per capita toll equivalent to half a dozen September 11ths. This daily, hourly carnage is also unprecedented in terrorism’s bloody history.

Yet at the very moment when support for Israel’s war against terror should be stronger than ever, my nation is being asked to stop fighting.

Though we are assured by friends that we have the right to defend ourselves, we are effectively asked not to exercise that right.

But our friends should have no illusions. With or without international support, the government of Israel must fight not only to defend its people, restore a dangerously eroded deterrence and secure the Jewish State, but also to ensure that the free world wins the war against terror in this pivotal arena in the heart of the Middle East.

Israel must now do three things. First, it must dismantle Arafat’s terrorist regime and expel Arafat from the region. As long as the engineer of Palestinian terror remains in the territories, terror will never stop and the promise of peace will never be realized.

Second, Israel must clean out terrorists, weapons, and explosives from all Palestinian controlled areas. No place, whether it is a refugee camp in Gaza or an office in Ramallah can be allowed to remain a haven for terror.

Third, Israel must establish physical barriers separating the main Palestinian population centers from Israeli towns and cities. This will prevent any residual terrorists from reaching Israel.

Done together, these three measures will dramatically reduce terrorism, bring security to the people of Israel and restore stability to the region.

Last week, the government of Israel began to take the second of these vital steps. Rather than bomb Palestinian populated cities and towns from the air – an operation that would have claimed thousands of civilian casualties – the Israeli army is taking on greater risk by using ground forces that painstakingly make their way through the hornet’s nests of Palestinian terror.

But instead of praising Israel for seeking to minimize civilian casualties through careful and deliberate action, most of the world’s governments shamelessly condemn it.

For seven months, many of these governments have rightly supported the war against Afghan terror. Yet after only seven days, their patience for the war against Palestinian terror ran out.

The explanations that are offered for this double standard are not convincing.

First it is said that war on Palestinian terror is different because a political process exists that can restore security and advance peace.

This is not so. There can never be a political solution for terror. The grievance of terrorists can never be redressed through diplomacy. That will only encourage more terror.

Yasser Arafat’s terrorist regime must be toppled, not courted. The Oslo agreements are dead. Yasser Arafat killed them.

He tore it to shreds and soaked it in Jewish blood by violating every one of its provisions, including the two core commitments he made at Oslo: to recognize the State of Israel and to permanently renounce terrorism.

With such a regime and such failure of leadership, no political process is possible. In fact, a political process can only begin when this terrorist regime is dismantled.

Second, it is said that waging war on Palestinian terror today will destabilize the region and cripple the imminent war against Sadaam Hussein.

This concern is also misplaced.

Clearly, the urgent need to topple Sadaam is paramount. The commitment of America and Britain to dismantle this terrorist dictatorship before it obtains nuclear weapons deserves the unconditional support of all sane governments.

But contrary to conventional wisdom, what has destabilized the region is not Israeli action against Palestinian terror, but rather, the constant pressure exerted on Israel to show restraint.

It is precisely the exceptional restraint shown by Israel for over a year and a half that has unwittingly emboldened its enemies and inadvertently increased the threat of a wider conflict.

If Israeli restraint were to continue, the thousands that are now clamoring for war in Arab capitals will turn into millions, and an avoidable war will become inevitable.

Half-measures against terrorists will leave their grievances intact, fueled by the hope of future victory. Full- measures will not redress those grievances, but it will convince them that pursuing terror is a prescription for certain defeat.

America must show that it will not heed the international call to stop Israel from exercising its right to defend itself. If America compromises its principles and joins in the chorus of those who demand that Israel disengage, the war on terror will be undermined.

For if the world begins to believe that America may deviate from its principles, then terrorist regimes that might have otherwise been deterred will not be deterred. Those that might have crumbled under the weight of American resolve will not crumble. As a result, winning the war will prove far more difficult, perhaps impossible.

But my friends, I must also tell you that the charge that Israel, of all countries, is hindering the war against Sadaam is woefully unjust.

For my country has done more than any other to make victory over Sadaam possible.

Twenty-one years ago, Prime Minister Menachem Begin sent the Israeli air force on a predawn raid hundreds of miles away on one of the most dangerous military missions in our nation’s history.

When our pilots returned, we had successfully destroyed Sadaam’s atomic bomb factory and crippled his capacity to build nuclear weapons.

Israel was safer - and so was the world.

But rather than thanking us for safeguarding freedom, the entire world condemned us.

Ten years later, when American troops expelled Iraqi forces in the Gulf War, then secretary of Defense Richard Cheney, expressed a debt of gratitude to Israel for the bold and determined action a decade earlier that had made victory possible.

Indeed, I am confident that in time those who would condemn Israel now will understand that rooting out Palestinian terror today will also make both Israel and the world safer tomorrow.

For if we do not immediately shut down the terror factories where Arafat is producing human bombs, it is only a matter of time before suicide bombers will terrorize your cities.

If not destroyed, this madness will strike in your buses, in your supermarkets, in your pizza parlors, in your cafes. Eventually, these human bombs will supplement their murderous force with suitcases equipped with devices of mass death that could make the horrors of September 11 pale by comparison.

That is why there is no alternative to winning this war without delay. No part of the terrorist network can be left intact. For if not fully eradicated, like the most malignant cancer, it will regroup and attack again with even greater ferocity. Only by dismantling the entire network will we be assured of victory.

But to assure that this evil does not reemerge a decade or two from now, we must not merely uproot terror, but also plant the seeds of freedom.

Because only under tyranny can a diseased totalitarian mindset be widely cultivated. This totalitarian mindset, which is essential for terrorists to suspend the normal rules that govern a man’s conscience and prevents him from committing these grisly acts, does not breed in a climate of democracy and freedom.

The open debate and plurality of ideas that buttress all genuine democracies and the respect for human rights and the sanctity of life that are the shared values of all free societies are a permanent antidote to the poison that the sponsors of terror seek to inject into the minds of their recruits.

That is why it is also imperative that once the terrorist regimes in the Middle East are swept away, the free world, led by America, must begin to build democracy in their place.

We simply can no longer afford to allow this region to remain cloistered by a fanatic militancy. We must let the winds of freedom and independence finally penetrate the one region in the world that clings to unreformed tyranny.

That in exercising our basic right to defend ourselves Israel is condemned by Arab dictatorships is predictable.

That today a Europe which sixty years ago refused to lift a finger to save millions of Jews has turned its collective back on the Jewish State is downright shameful.

But my friends, I must admit. I expected no better from them.

Yet the America I know has always been different.

History has entrusted this nation with carrying the torch of freedom. And time and time again, through both war and peace, America has carried that torch with courage and with honor, combining a might the world has never known with a sense of justice that no power in history has possessed.

I have come before you today to ask you to continue to courageously and honorably carry that torch by standing by an outpost of freedom that is resisting an unprecedented terrorist assault. I ask you to stand by Israel’s side in its fight against Arafat’s tyranny of terror, and thereby help defeat an evil that threatens all of mankind.

Link to full text HERE.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arabs; arafat; bush; gaza; hamas; hezbollah; holywar; intifada; islam; israel; jerusalem; jihad; muslim; netanyahu; palestine; palestinian; peace; plo; powell; terrorism; war; westbank
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The voice of reason, of decency, of moderation and sanity. No wonder this historic speech was not reported or commented on by any of the major media. I searched the web and couldn't find any reference to it. If I hadn't been listening to exerpts of it on Rush, I would have never heard about it. And yet, this could be one of the most historic speeches of our time. Yet, all but ignored by the world. Truly, Netanyahu is like a voice crying out in the wilderness. Meanwhile, our government has sent Colon Powell on the APPEASEMENT OF TERRORISTS WORLD TOUR and is spouting worn-out phrases about "peace in our time" and "land for peace."

Just thought y'all would like a copy of this speech for your archives.


1 posted on 04/11/2002 9:03:57 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
Bump
2 posted on 04/11/2002 9:12:17 AM PDT by Samwise
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To: ppaul
Thank you for posting this.
3 posted on 04/11/2002 9:13:18 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum
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To: ppaul
SUPRISE! already posted. However it deserves it, great stuff.
A question to you or anyone else, is their an audio link for this speech.
4 posted on 04/11/2002 9:15:37 AM PDT by Valin
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To: KanjiGator, LarryLied, GOP_Thug_Mom, denimjumpermom
ping
5 posted on 04/11/2002 9:16:20 AM PDT by pax_et_bonum
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To: pax_et_bonum
Netanyahu would make a great AMERICAN president.
6 posted on 04/11/2002 9:21:54 AM PDT by Weimdog
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To: Valin
Here are some audio clips from Netanyahu's speech
(with some commentary from Rush too):

Clip 1

Clip 2

Clip 3

Ari Fleischer's comments regarding Netanyahu's speech


7 posted on 04/11/2002 9:25:48 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
BUMP
8 posted on 04/11/2002 9:26:51 AM PDT by semaj
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To: Valin
Rush has some audio clips here---

Rush Limbaugh.com

I'm sure C-SPAN2 has the whole thing, but I don't know about rebroadcast or 'audio' access on the web.

9 posted on 04/11/2002 9:27:42 AM PDT by d14truth
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To: ppaul
I hereby award you the highly coveted attaboy.
ATTABOY!!
10 posted on 04/11/2002 9:29:17 AM PDT by Valin
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To: Samwise
Netanyahu's speech was brilliant but was not blacked-out on CNN. I unfortunately had to watch on the only cable news station I have.
11 posted on 04/11/2002 9:33:20 AM PDT by RamsNo1
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To: ppaul
I checked our local paper, the Asbury Park Press, and found it covered...barely. Page five, about a sixteenth of a page. The senatorial comment with it was from Joe LIEberman.
12 posted on 04/11/2002 9:36:15 AM PDT by JimRed
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To: ppaul
Question: Why is it suddenly politically correct to hate Jews? Huh?
13 posted on 04/11/2002 9:37:48 AM PDT by Saundra Duffy
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To: ppaul
Benjamin Netanyahu was deposed by the people of Israel for meeting with the same Arafat and promoting Oslo Lite. It appears he got their message. I am one who does believe in second chances and it is refreshing when someone sees the error of their ways. It is all the more important to remove Arafat from power and establish a security cordon to protect Israel from the threat of reactivated terrorism in the future. Netanyahu is absolutely correct about one issue: no political process and no peace will be possible in the Middle East as long as Arafat and the regime he heads remain around to wreak more havoc. To quote from President Bush himself, "enough is enough." We must deal with all terrorists everywhere according to the same basic principle: they must be consigned to absolute, total, and utter destruction. There must be no compromise with them and their ilk. They must not be accorded legitimacy or be rewarded for their violence. The time to stop them is now.
14 posted on 04/11/2002 9:38:33 AM PDT by goldstategop
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To: RamsNo1
Watched the network news broadcasts.
No mention of it on CBS, NBC, or ABC.
15 posted on 04/11/2002 9:38:37 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul; Veronica; dennisw; nachum; sabramerican; american in israel; oldeconomybuyer; thinkin' gal
Bump!
16 posted on 04/11/2002 9:39:38 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: goldstategop
They must not be accorded legitimacy.....

Agreed 100 percent.
Nevertheless, Colon Powell accords Arafat legitimacy by meeting with him.
We still haven't learned.

17 posted on 04/11/2002 9:41:00 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: d14truth
I'd like to also give you an attaboy, but unfortunatly I'm only authorized by the American Society of Steves to hand out one a day.
I know how disappointed you must be but hang in there and who knows...maybe someday.
"I feel yor pain" Bubba
18 posted on 04/11/2002 9:41:04 AM PDT by Valin
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To: ppaul
No mention of it on CBS, NBC, or ABC.

It was carried by Fox, but he's always on Fox.

19 posted on 04/11/2002 9:44:03 AM PDT by Seti 1
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To: Valin
"I feel yor pain"

Just knowing that is praise enough. {;~)

20 posted on 04/11/2002 9:45:37 AM PDT by d14truth
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To: d14truth
I checked the C-span schedule this morning, both one and two, and could find no mention of his speech. That was at 5:30 am CST.

Carolyn

21 posted on 04/11/2002 9:46:37 AM PDT by CDHart
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To: goldstategop
Faced with the quintessential terrorist regime of our time – a regime that both harbors and perpetrates terror on an unimaginable scale – the free world is muddling its principles, losing its nerve, and thereby endangering the successful prosecution of this war. The question many in my country are now asking is this: Will America apply its principles consistently and win this war, or will it selectively abandon those principles and thereby ultimately lose the war?

That is the question of the century.


22 posted on 04/11/2002 9:47:15 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
Now there's shocking news! One might almost think that there's an agenda going on.
23 posted on 04/11/2002 9:49:04 AM PDT by Valin
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To: Libertina; boston_liberty; Chad Fairbanks; FreedomFriend; Fintan; Illbay; j_tull; Skywalk; lelio...
ping.
24 posted on 04/11/2002 9:53:07 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: ppaul
BUMP TO THE END OF ISLAM
25 posted on 04/11/2002 9:54:33 AM PDT by TLBSHOW
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To: ppaul
The moral clarity emanated from an ironclad definition of terror and an impregnable moral truth. Terrorism was understood to be the deliberate targeting of civilians in order to achieve political ends. And it was always unjustifiable. With a few powerful words, President Bush said all that needed to be said: ‘Terrorism is never justified.’ . . . With that simple premise and those stirring words your great President breathed new life into the 50 year quest for the realization of "Eretz Yisra’el". The struggle for that Godly goal can now be couched in new terminology - a great and good terminology handed us by your great President Bush.

Prior to the calamity of 9/11 we were stumbling along in our attempts to make the world see that our cause was just and moral. Large segments of the world did not understand that "God gave that land to ME". The rest of the world thought that there was room for debate over the provisions of that Divine Title to our Promised Land.

Now, thanks to the stirringly simple concept of "good VS evil" and "There is no such thing as a good terrorist", we may, with clear conscience and world acclaim, move on the "Eretz Yisra’el".

May God bless your great nation and your great President. (putz!)

26 posted on 04/11/2002 9:58:05 AM PDT by Phil V.
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To: ppaul
Thanks... I'm afraid that our president has become Powellized. Powell is the biggest threat to America this very moment. God bless BiBi... sure wish we had a president with such clarity and backbone.
27 posted on 04/11/2002 9:58:12 AM PDT by Godfollow
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To: Saundra Duffy
"Question: Why is it suddenly politically correct to hate Jews? Huh?"

Because the left wing has been mostly in control of the West for nearly 40 years, and virtually in total control of it for the past 8, with considerable help from the propaganda machine of Emporer Bill. Yes, there are meny Jews in the left wing. They helped bring about the holocaust.

28 posted on 04/11/2002 10:16:52 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Saundra Duffy
Probably because most Christians support Israel and the libs have become aware of that.
29 posted on 04/11/2002 10:19:59 AM PDT by 3catsanadog
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To: goldstategop
Netanyahu was sold out and trashed by Clinton. He recieved no support from him. And Clinton undercut him at every opportunity. I believe Natanyahu did support certain peace proposals in the interest of finding peace for his people and the Palestinians. I've heard him state very clearly that he wants peace for the innocent Palestinians too.

Whatever you think of him, he was not a part of the Barak agreements proposed 18 months ago. In my opinion Barak was ill-advised to offer what he did at that time. Clinton was licking his chops at the prospect of Israel's corpse in my opinion.

Netanyahu is a very capable good man. Perhaps this time he'll recieve some support from the US. After seeing Bush equivocate, I'm not betting on it.

I am ashamed of the wishy washy tactics of our President. He is not a good spokesperson for the Conservative cause. It's almost impossible to believe that he actually supports Israel.

30 posted on 04/11/2002 10:23:10 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: ppaul
bttt
31 posted on 04/11/2002 10:26:56 AM PDT by Travis McGee
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To: ppaul
Colon Powell on the APPEASEMENT OF TERRORISTS WORLD TOUR

Colon Bowel is fitting for a scared sh!tless humanitarianist compassionate conservative "warrior", who abandons jurisdiction by throwing his arms up or streching them out, whining "peace" "peace", only to find those Marines arms targeted and cut off.

Humanitarian war is our failure. We should assert jurisdiction, instead we assert terrorist identities and recognioze them for humanitarian reasons.

32 posted on 04/11/2002 10:27:04 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: DoughtyOne
I am ashamed of the wishy washy tactics of our President. He is not a good spokesperson for the Conservative cause. It's almost impossible to believe that he actually supports Israel.

I fear compassionate conservatism, this entitlement for all mission, is a complete nonsense that is now being embraced for foreign policy. I don't know what these people are smoking. The only consolation is that they are doing the exact contrary of their intended goals. The whole region and our relations there are going ever more closer to the bankruptcy precipice every single day, a breaking of contracts with terrorists that should have been done long ago.

33 posted on 04/11/2002 10:30:51 AM PDT by lavaroise
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To: Godfollow;Phil V.;mv1;Calculus_of_Consent;ladyjane,Howlin;Amelia;InkStone,
Powell is the biggest threat to America this very moment.

Anyone have a link to Free Republic? I used to post there and now my bookmark for it pulls up this site. What did Jim and John do, change the URL?

34 posted on 04/11/2002 10:36:40 AM PDT by LarryLied
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To: Joe Montana
At your suggestion.
35 posted on 04/11/2002 10:55:18 AM PDT by ppaul
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To: LarryLied
LOL!
37 posted on 04/11/2002 11:12:40 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: ppaul; JohnHuang2; Valin; TLBSHOW; DoughtyOne; LarryLied;
I am concerned that the State of Israel, that has for decades bravely manned the front lines against terror, is being pressed to back down just when it is on the verge of uprooting Palestinian terror.

These concerns first surfaced with the appearance of a reprehensible moral symmetry that equates Israel, a democratic government that is defending itself against terror, with the Palestinian dictatorship that is perpetrating it.

The deliberate targeting of Israeli civilians is shamefully equated with the unintentional loss of Palestinian life that is the tragic but unavoidable consequence of legitimate warfare.

Worse, since Palestinian terrorists both deliberately target civilians and hide behind them, Israel is cast as the guilty party because more Palestinians have been killed in Arafat’s terrorist war than Israelis.

No one, of course, would dare suggest that the United States was the guilty party in World War II because German casualties, which included millions of civilians, were twenty times higher then American casualties.

So too, only a twisted and corrupt logic would paint America and Britain as the aggressors in the current war because Afghan casualties are reported to have well exceeded the death toll of September 11.

My concern deepened when, incredibly, Israel was asked to stop fighting terror and return to a negotiating table with a regime that is committed to the destruction of the Jewish State and openly embraces terror.

Yasser Arafat brazenly pursues an ideology of policide – the destruction of a state –and meticulously promotes a cult of suicide.

I happen to be of the humble opinion that Bush actually DOES support Israel more than his words
recently would indicate. Some have said he has betrayed Israel, but I will reserve judgment for
a later time, after the events going forward have revealed themselves.

IMHO, I think (and hope) that there are Middle Eastern politics at play by Bush regarding
the upcoming attack on SADdam Hussein in Iraq and his removal. This expresses it quite well........
(Thanks for the post and ping, ppaul!)
Oh! And I would welcome good, reasoned feedback on this, folks! Thanks.....



38 posted on 04/11/2002 11:14:11 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: LarryLied
Anyone have a link to Free Republic?

Try THIS instead.

39 posted on 04/11/2002 11:26:27 AM PDT by Phil V.
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To: ppaul
My concern deepened when, incredibly, Israel was asked to stop fighting terror and return to a negotiating table with a regime that is committed to the destruction of the Jewish State and openly embraces terror.

Yasser Arafat brazenly pursues an ideology of policide – the destruction of a state –and meticulously promotes a cult of suicide.

With total control of the media, the schools, and ghoulish kindergarten camps for children that glorifies suicide martyrdom, Arafat’s dictatorship has indoctrinated a generation of Palestinians in a culture of death, producing waves of human bombs that massacre Jews in buses, discos, supermarkets, pizza shops, cafés – everywhere and anywhere.

Bump.

40 posted on 04/11/2002 11:27:30 AM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: LarryLied
Anyone have a link to Free Republic? I used to post there and now my bookmark for it pulls up this site. What did Jim and John do, change the URL?

Right here

41 posted on 04/11/2002 11:41:20 AM PDT by veronica
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To: Weimdog
"Netanyahu would make a great AMERICAN president."

Yeah.. to bad it isn't allowed in our Constitution!!! :o)

42 posted on 04/11/2002 11:44:55 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: MeeknMing
I happen to be of the humble opinion that Bush actually DOES support Israel more than his words

Do you think his strategy is to make one final plea to Arafat by asking Israel to back off?

43 posted on 04/11/2002 11:45:24 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: toddhisattva
"When Fox cut away from Bibi, I could barely control my apoplexy enough to change the channel to CNN."

I know!!! I couldn't believe it either!! I absolutely abhor CNN,.. but they/Fox made me do it!!

44 posted on 04/11/2002 11:49:57 AM PDT by Vets_Husband_and_Wife
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To: Weimdog
Netanyahu would make a great AMERICAN president.

I couldn't agree with you more, Weimdog. I believe that Bibi Netanyahu is one of the most intelligent, common sense persons on the face of the earth. Every time he appears on t.v., I am captivated by him. At the very least, I believe Bush should create a special position for him on his cabinet.

45 posted on 04/11/2002 11:57:11 AM PDT by One4Indictment
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To: ppaul
I ask you to stand by Israel’s side in its fight against Arafat’s tyranny of terror, and thereby help defeat an evil that threatens all of mankind.

Netanyahu is right on the money. It is my firm belief that the Bush administration, including Powell, are in complete agreement. We will stand by Israel.

That our media completely ignored this speach is a story in itself, and goes a long ways towards explaining our current dilemma in the middle east. Somehow, President Bush must keep the country behind the war on terrorism while we get ready for round two. Our media have a known liberal bias, which makes this doubly difficult.

We are clearly not yet ready to take on Saddam, and so we must buy time even in the face of extreme provocation. We have succeeded so far, but the outcome is very much in doubt. If Arafat, Saddam, OBL's ghost, and their many insane friends can provoke a regional war before we are ready, they are much more likely to win.

They know this, and they are trying desperately to provoke a general war. The resulting outrages are almost beyond belief.

We have learned many things. One is that Europe (especially France) is much more cowardly and anti-semitic than many of us realized. Another is that most Muslims are unwilling to condemn their terrorist cousins. Those Muslim nations that are willing to stand on the side of civilization, such as Turkey, are few and far between.

46 posted on 04/11/2002 12:02:19 PM PDT by EternalHope
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To: ppaul
There can never be a political solution for terror. The grievance of terrorists can never be redressed through diplomacy. That will only encourage more terror.

Amen and amen.

This man is the bright shining light of truth in this dark and murky cesspool of death.

Here is a link to his speech on 9/25 (two eeks after 9-11) to the US COngress that he refers to early in this speech:

Netanyahu Speech to Congress - 9/25/01

Regards.

47 posted on 04/11/2002 12:18:27 PM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: ppaul
Big thanks Bump!
48 posted on 04/11/2002 2:37:14 PM PDT by Paul Ross
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To: ppaul
It truly was an historic speech. So much substance, not cliché like Bush unfortunately falls in to. I hate that "yin and yang" thing he gets going, "We will soar to the heights, not sink to the lows, we will have hope, not despair" on and on.

This speech was accurate, honest, powerful, moving, truthful. When I think of the caliber of speech we get from too many of our politicians this man makes them look like selfish, egotistic, ignorant two year olds who, unfortunately again, can talk.

49 posted on 04/11/2002 3:05:27 PM PDT by ethical
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To: One4Indictment
Immense BTTT
50 posted on 04/11/2002 3:09:25 PM PDT by truthkeeper
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