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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 terrorism.

US paying for its past, says introspective Clinton

T.V. Parasuram/PTI

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", he recalled.
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 terrorists."
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 developing countries.
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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and Clinton's 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?

Count your blessings, Stan. (english)
by Notone 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.