Rice calls Hamas ‘resistance movement’

…MSM covers up for her:

* Unscripted remarks about terror group not published by paper

Stuck on stupid with Condi:

The US State Department recognizes Hamas as a terrorist organization. However, to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice it is a “resistance movement.” What’s next, Condi? American aid for Hamas? Khaled Maashal in Washington?


Condoleezza Rice

By Aaron Klein
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com

JERUSALEM – U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice twice referred to Hamas as a “resistance movement” during a meeting with reporters from the New York Daily News earlier this month, but the newspaper did not report her remarks, WND has learned.

Rice’s interview is transcribed in full on the State Department website.

Rice’s statements mark the second documented time in recent months she called Hamas a “resistance movement” during unscripted chats with journalists.

Hamas is responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shooting attacks and rocket firings. It’s classified by the State Department as a terror organization. The group’s official charter calls for the murder of Jews and quotes widely from the anti-Semitic creed, the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

During the interview June 8 with the editorial board of the Daily News, Rice was asked about the recent history of democratic elections in the Middle East resulting in the rise to power of terror groups, such as Hamas.

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What Rice should be reading:

Fitzgerald: The Israeli “occupation” and Rashid Khalidi

Hugh Fitzgerald provides context:

The word “occupation” has been accepted, foolishly, by too many in the West. It does not adequately describe Israel’s taking possession, because of its victory in the Six-Day War thrust upon it by Nasser and a runaway Egyptian military, of Gaza and “the West Bank.” (An aside: curious, isn’t it, that the topoynms “Judea” and “Samaria,” though they have been in use all over the Western world since Roman times, and certainly were used by Jesus and the first Christians, suddenly dropped out of use, and the vague placename invented by the Jordanians in 1949, “the West Bank,” was accepted and “Judea” and “Samaria” mocked as “Biblical names used only by Israel’s right-wing” — yet at the same time “Gaza,” a Biblical term for which the Egyptians did not find a replacement, continues to be unembarrassedly used by those in the West who, having no sense of history or logic, who would not be caught dead referring to “Judea” and “Samaria”?)

Israel is not an “occupier” in the sense in which the Germans were occupiers of Occupied France, or of Occupied Paris, or after the war, the Four Powers were in control of Occupied Vienna or Occupied Berlin. Israel has a much deeper, longer claim to those areas — which in the case of Gaza it may not wish to exercise for practical reasons. It is a legal claim based on the intent and terms of the Mandate for Palestine, which in turn is based on a historic and moral claim that the intelligent men who created the League of Nations, and the other intelligent men who staffed the Mandates Commission of that body, found convincing.

Of course, that was in the days before there was oil money from the Arabs sloshing about. The rewriting of history, Middle Eastern history, had not yet given rise to that phrase “the Arab world” which Aramco invented, and which consigned to nothingness both the large indigenous populations of Jews and Christians (Maronites, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Orthodox, Copts, and others) who lived in the Middle East and North Africa (now called “the Arab world”). Their lands were conquered, and they themselves were subjugated. Slowly, over the pressure of the dhimmi system and outright intermittent massacre and forced conversion, the vast indigenous non-Muslim populations were reduced — even as the Christians of Iraq and Gaza and the “West Bank” are being squeezed, harassed, murdered today.

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Fitzgerald rips Rice again… 

Again, she gropes for analogies, finds the wrong ones, and yet never seems troubled by them, never seems to ponder what might be wrong with them…

It is not Bush alone who is paying for her errors of understanding, judgment, and failures of imagination — errors that reinforce those of her admiring boss. It is all the soldiers in Iraq. It is the citizens at home. All of us. 

Giuliani equally deluded: Let’s not be fooled again, let’s help Fatah


Rudy says we must not get fooled again, and fall for someone like Arafat. So, he says…let’s aid Fatah. Hard-nosed and unfoolable as ever, eh, Rudy?

“Giuliani Calls for Increasing American Support for Fatah,” by Marc Santora for the New York Times (thanks to JW)

VIRGINIA BEACH, June 26 — Rudolph W. Giuliani addressed Israeli-Palestinian discord on Tuesday, saying it was pointless for the United States to negotiate with Hamas, the Islamic group that has seized control of the Gaza Strip, and that Washington should work with Egypt and Jordan to bolster Fatah and its control over the West Bank.
As he advocated active American engagement, Mr. Giuliani urged caution and broadly criticized the Clinton administration’s approach in the 1990s, trying to broker peace with Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader.

“Let’s not become like starry romantics like we were with Arafat, where he was leading us down the primrose path and we were helping him get the Nobel Peace Prize,” Mr. Giuliani said in a speech here at Regent University, which Pat Robertson, the evangelist, founded.

Setting out a position that largely tracked Bush administration policy and the positions of Egypt, Israel and Jordan, Mr. Giuliani suggested that the best course was to bolster Fatah, which Mr. Arafat controlled until he died and is now run by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president.

“Let’s see if we can’t get Jordan and Egypt to help us try and create something with Abbas in the West Bank,” Mr. Giuliani said.

Hey, great idea, Rudy. You may recall that Jordan ruled the West Bank from 1948 to 1967, and there was no Palestinian nationalist movement then. Now, why was that?

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