Bush Denounces Extremists in the Middle East

[AP/Washington Post] Jennifer Loven - President Bush on Thursday criticized the deadly tactics of extremist groups like al-Qaeda, Hizbullah and Hamas and said he looks toward the day when Muslims "recognize the emptiness of the terrorists' vision and the injustice of their cause." In a speech to Israel's Knesset, Bush said: "Some people suggest that if the United States would just break ties with Israel, all our problems in the Middle East would go away. This is a tired argument that buys into the propaganda of our enemies, and America rejects it utterly. Israel's population may be just over 7 million. But when you confront terror and evil, you are 307 million strong, because America stands with you." Bush took special aim at Iran and said the U.S. stands with Israel in opposing moves by Tehran to obtain nuclear weapons. "Permitting the world's leading sponsor of terror to possess the world's deadliest weapon would be an unforgivable betrayal of future generations....For the sake of peace, the world must not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon." "This struggle is waged with the technology of the 21st century, but at its core it is the ancient battle between good and evil....The killers claim the mantle of Islam, but they are not religious men. No one who prays to the God of Abraham could strap a suicide vest to an innocent child, or blow up guiltless guests at a Passover Seder, or fly planes into office buildings filled with unsuspecting workers."

2008-05-15 01:00:00

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