Skip to comments.Cronkite: Terrorism a "Revolution of the Poor Against the Rich"
Posted on 09/10/2002 12:21:51 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
Blame America First. The 9-11 attacks were our own fault, former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite contended on Monday's Larry King Live on CNN, because we hog so much of the world's wealth while many are destitute.
Cronkite said he believes "very definitely that foreign policy could have caused what has happened," before he asserted that anti-U.S. terrorism is caused by "this great division between the rich and the poor in the world." The people of the world "who don't have adequate housing, don't have adequate hospitalization, don't have adequate medical care, don't have adequate education," Cronkite warned, "are not going to live forever in the shadow of the riches that we display constantly." Walter Cronkite attributed terrorism to U.S. policy and world poverty: "We are suffering from a revolution of the...have-nots against the...haves and that's us."
Applying liberal logic which seeks to blame the U.S. for all the world's ills, Cronkite declared: "We are suffering from a revolution of the poor and have-nots against the rich and haves and that's us."
In fact, the al Qaeda terrorists were hardly poor and the vast majority of the world's poor do not support terrorism. The common elements amongst those targeting the U.S. is Islamic extremism and nation's without respect for individual liberty.
Cronkite's liberal ranting came about 45 minutes into the live September 9 interview tied to the 9-11 anniversary.
King prompted Cronkite by wondering about "foreign policy's affect on what might have caused 9-11?"
That set off Cronkite: "Yes, I think very definitely that foreign policy could have caused what has happened." King interjected: "Doesn't excuse it." But Cronkite plowed forward without acknowledging King's caveat, so he presumably did not agree with it: "We have been warned by other terrorist attacks elsewhere of the dislike for us and the intensity of organization to express that dislike in various terrorist acts around the country -- the two embassies that were blown up in Africa, the Destroyer Cole, for instance, episode, and that sort of thing. "It should be apparent to us, it should have been apparent to us a long time ago and it certainly should be apparent now -- it should be, for goodness sakes understood now, but it is not, that the problem is this great division between the rich and the poor in the world. We represent the rich. Each of our citizens is not rich, of course, but as a country we are exceedingly rich. As a country, all of these, most of these other nations of Africa, Asia and South America and Central America are very, very poor. The people in those countries who don't have adequate housing, don't have adequate hospitalization, don't have adequate medical care, don't have adequate education, they are not going to live forever in the shadow of the riches that we display constantly in our movies, in our travels around the world, in our airlines, in our shipping. "They're not going to put up with that forever. This is a revolution in effect around the world. A revolution is in place today. We are suffering from a revolution of the poor and have-nots against the rich and haves and that's us."
Yes, it's all our fault and Osama bin Laden is just trying to help the world's downtrodden improve themselves.
archie bunker was right!
Walter Kyptonite seems to have met his superman.
We created that wealth out of NOTHING but our own hard work. We didn't steal it. Senile old POS.
Wait a minute, I thought that was the communist revolution... hmmm....OK I get it, the have-not monies against the Have-monies was communism. So this must be the Have-not-a-souls Vs. the have-a-Souls. Who'd a thunk Walter was so religious?
And ditto, Pound sand!
Correction- we MAKE the world's wealth.
Instead they will work hard so that they and their children's children can join us in our success and enjoy the fruits of righteous hard work.
Wait a minute...
...He didnt say that, nevermind.
Cronkite belongs right up with Hanoi Jane - giving aid and comfort to Hanoi.
Cronkite has blood on his hands.
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