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|US paying for
its past, says introspective Clinton (english) |
by T.V. Parasuram/PTI 7:44am Sat Nov 10 '01
(Modified on 11:28am Sat Nov 10 '01)
Even the ex-president of the USA, Bill Clinton
is showing signs of disapproval of this war against
US paying for its past, says introspective Clinton
Washington, November 9: An
introspective Bill Clinton has said terror has existed in
America for hundreds of years and that the nation is "paying a
price today" for its past mistakes.
The former US
President, who received a warm welcome from a 1000-strong
audience at his alma mater Georgetown University on Thrusday,
said: "Here in the United States, we were founded as a nation
that practised slavery". "This country once looked the other
way when a significant number of native Americans were
dispossessed and killed to get their land or their mineral
rights or because they were thought of as less than fully
human. And we are still paying a price today," he said.
International terrorism, Clinton said, has only just
reached the United States but dates back thousands of years.
"In the first crusades, when the Christian soldiers took
Jerusalem, they first burned a synagogue with 300 jews in it
and proceeded to kill every woman and child who was a Muslim
on the temple mount. I can tell you that story is still being
told today in the Middle East and we are still paying for it",
Clinton said America needs to pay more
attention to its enemies and to the way the US is viewed by
the rest of the world in order to curb terrorism. "There are a
lot of people that see the world differently than we do. It is
quite important that we do more to build the pool of potential
partners in the world and to shrink the pool of potential
He said it had "nothing to do with fighting,
but that has to do with what else we do. This is partly a
Muslim issue, because there is a war raging within Islam. We
need to reach out and engage the Muslim world in a debate."
Stressing on the interdependence of nations, Clinton said
the solution lay in spreading freedom and democracy, reduce
global poverty, forgive billions of dollars in debt, improve
health care systems and encourge - even fund - education in
It is no accident, he pointed out,
that most of these terrorists come from non-democratic
countries. "We have got to defeat people who think they can
find their redemption in our destruction. And then we have to
be smart enough to get rid of our arrogant self-righteousness
so that we don't claim for ourselves things we deny for
others," he said.
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past? (english) |
by Stan 8:42am Sat
Nov 10 '01
Unless Clinton is speaking about karma, his statements make
little sense. The U.S. did not burn Jews in Jerusalem hundreds
of years ago and Native American groups are most certainly not
responsible for the WTC/Pentagon atrocities. Why did he not
mention the bombing of the pharmiceutical plant in Sudan or
the sanctions against Iraqi citizens? Why choose to speak
about events in the distant past? Are we paying for the
actions of Clinton? Bush?
blessings, Stan. (english) |
10:08am Sat Nov 10 '01
The fact that the President who proceeded Bush a short
time ago speaks like this - although his history is sloppy and
selective - is quite significant.
|Look up liar
in the dictionary (english) |
by proffr of
arabia 11:28am Sat Nov 10 '01
It says see clinton.
Has he apologised for releasing
marc rich over leo peltier?
Operation soft drill will
pay someone/anyone to icepick slick.