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Posted by Lilly from ? (160.129.27.22) on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 2:58PM :

In Reply to: on Bush's idiocy posted by Lilly from ? (160.129.27.22) on Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at 2:23PM :

But Bush has NO vision. He's blind! It would take a miracle to get him to see -- say, where's Jesus??? Somebody fly Him immediately to the White House & have Him fix the President's vision!

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ADC Press Release:
ADC Urges President Bush to Embrace His Own Vision for Middle East Peace

Washington, DC, June 24 The American Arab Anti-Discrimination
Committee (ADC) today welcomed elements of President George W. Bush's
Middle East policy speech that called for an end to Israeli occupation
and settlement activity, and which reiterated earlier Administration
calls for the creation of an independent Palestinian state alongside
Israel. ADC urges President Bush to embrace his own vision of two
states and adopt a set of clear policies designed to bring the
Palestinian state into being in the near future.

ADC also expressed support for the President's call for Palestinian
democratic elections, but pointed out that the conditions currently
imposed by Israel make free and fair elections impossible. ADC notes
that elections cannot be conducted under the kind of occupation in which
there is no freedom of movement whatsoever, and in which Palestinians
live in a state of siege. ADC urges the Bush Administration to ensure
that Israel withdraw from areas re-invaded in recent days and weeks, and
allow Palestinians freedom of movement as a necessary precursor to
elections. ADC also expressed serious reservations about aspects of
today's address which put the onus for initial progress entirely on the
side of the Palestinians. The Administration has to recognize that
Israel must conform its behavior to UN Security Council resolutions and
the 4th Geneva Convention, withdraw from re-invaded areas and end its
attacks on Palestinian civilians.

ADC President Ziad Asali said, "there are important elements in Mr.
Bush's speech that all parties can work with to resume negotiations
designed to end the occupation and create peace in the region. We
welcome the President's call for the creation of a Palestinian state and
an end to occupation and settlements. We agree that Palestinian
elections would be helpful, and that all attacks on civilians should
cease at once." Asali added, "we feel that the President has yet to
fully embrace his own vision of two independent states, Israel and
Palestine, living side by side in peace, as the basis for actual US
policies. Policies designed to realize that vision in the near future
would, by definition, have to involve US pressure on Israel, not just
the Palestinians. That, we have yet to see."




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