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Thursday, July 13, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Democracies Do Not War

"I believe liberty is universal. I believe people want to be free. And I know that democracies do not war with each other."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, April 24, 2006

“A year ago, Bush made expanding peace and democracy in the Middle East a priority, as a way to counter Islamic terrorism and improve economic prospects for Arabs.”
-Bloomberg News Service, July 13, 2006

“All the world is witnessing your great movement of conscience. The American people are on your side. The momentum of freedom is on your side, and freedom will prevail in Lebanon."
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, March 8, 2005


“And so the elections happened, and a new leadership was found in free, democratic, Lebanon. Yeah, democracy works. Fearless Leader was right again.”
-Skippy

“President George W. Bush and U.S. diplomats, distracted by threats from North Korea to Iraq, are playing a minor role as an escalating confrontation between Israelis and Arabs risks wider Middle East violence.
David Welch, U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and Elliott Abrams, deputy assistant to the president, only arrived in the region yesterday, 17 days after the abduction of an Israeli soldier in the Gaza Strip set off the crisis. Bush hasn't spoken to any Middle Eastern leaders in the past couple of weeks, according to National Security Council spokesman Frederick Jones.
‘Up until now the administration's been on the sidelines,’ said Dennis Ross, the senior U.S. Middle East broker for President Bill Clinton. ‘They've made a conscious decision to let this play out and let others take the lead. The administration is preoccupied.'”
-Bloomberg News Service, July 13, 2006

“Hey, what’s a little rising pressure in the Middle East? I mean, if Iraq isn’t enough to bring things to a boiling point, what makes you think that a little tension from Lebanon and Israel will make a difference.”
-Skippy


“Israel struck Beirut's airport and Hezbollah’s television station on Thursday and killed 22 civilians in raids on south Lebanon, intensifying its reprisals after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers and killed eight.
The Israeli military later said it had imposed a sea and air blockade on Lebanon to cut off supply routes to Hezbollah via Syria. Israel maintains Hezbollah is financed and equipped by Iran, with backing by Syria.
Hezbollah retaliated for Israeli “massacres” by firing 60 rockets at Nahariya in northern Israel. The Israeli army said Katyusha rockets had hit the city, killing one civilian and injuring five.
The violence was the worst between Israel and Lebanon since 1996 when Israeli troops still occupied part of the south. It coincided with an major Israeli offensive into the Gaza Strip to retrieve a captured soldier and halt Palestinian rocket fire.
An Israeli helicopter fired a missile at the headquarters of Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV in the Beirut suburb of Haret Hreik, wounding six people, witnesses and a security source said.
One of the wounded was an al-Manar employee, the station’s director said. The building, in a Shiite neighborhood where Hezbollah leaders also have offices, was slightly damaged.
After the morning strikes, the Israeli army has warned Lebanon to evacuate all residents from a southern Beirut neighborhood where it believes Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah lives, Israeli media reported.”
-MSNBC, July 13, 2006

“But I made the right decision and we will succeed in Iraq, unless we decide to quit. And success in Iraq will be really important for the world. It's important for there to be a democracy in the heart of the Middle East.”
-George ‘Dubya’ Bush, interview with Larry King, July 6, 2006

“There are actually already two democracies in the Middle East sir. One is currently at war with the other one.”
-Skippy

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