Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Bush Calls Sky Blue
At least that is my take on this headline: Bush Blames Palestinians for Gaza Deaths.
Actually, the US rhetoric is fantastic. I just hope it presages some action.

Secretary of State Colin Powell pointedly told Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia when Qureia telephoned with condolences that the Bush administration could not move forward on establishing a Palestinian state unless violence and terrorism were eliminated.
"Palestinian authorities should have acted long ago to fight terror in all its forms," [Bush] said. "The failure to create effective Palestinian security forces dedicated to fighting terror continues to cost lives. There must be an empowered prime minister who controls all Palestinian forces — reforms that continue to be blocked by Yasser Arafat."

And from another version of that AP article:
The failure to undertake these reforms and dismantle the terrorist organizations constitutes the greatest obstacle to achieving the Palestinian people's dream of statehood," Bush said.

"The U.S. embassy officials traveling in Gaza were there to interview young Palestinian candidates seeking Fulbright scholarships to study in the United States," Bush said. "This is another example of how the terrorists are enemies of progress and opportunity for the Palestinian people."

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