U.S. Says Hamas Leader's Description of Bin Laden as "Martyr" Is "Outrageous"

(State Department) Acting Deputy State Department Spokesman Mark C. Toner said Tuesday: "If Hamas wants to play a political role, or a role in the political process, then it needs to abide by the Quartet principles, and those have been quite clear. It needs to accept those principles, which are renouncing violence and terrorism, recognizing Israel's right to exist, and abiding by previous diplomatic agreements." The remarks by the leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, about the raid that killed bin Laden, "are outrageous. And it goes without saying bin Laden was a murderer and a terrorist. He ordered the killings of thousands of innocent men, women, and children, and many of whom were Muslim. He did not die a martyr. He died hiding in a mansion or a compound far away from the violence that was carried out in his name. And his defeat is a victory for all human beings seeking to live in peace, security, and dignity."

2011-05-04 00:00:00

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