Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Arafat chooses a Holocaust revisionist as a PM and there is no uproar. The US chooses Jay Garner to oversee reconstruction of Iraq and he is now under fire for saying that Palestinians fill their children with hatred.

"I honestly think when Iraqis find out (about the statement) they are going to be genuinely appalled," said Hussein Ibish, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

Ahhh yes the ever moderate Ibish.

Here is what the wailing is about.

Garner was one of more than 40 retired U.S. military leaders to sign his name to a letter 2 1/2 years ago amid renewed Mideast violence. The letter strongly supported Israel for exercising "remarkable restraint" and blamed the crisis on Palestinian leaders.

A Palestinian tactic to "use civilians as soldiers in a war is a perversion of military ethics," the statement said.

Palestinian leaders taught children the mechanics of war while "filling their heads with hate," and Palestinian police and military commanders were "betting their children's lives on the capabilities and restraint" of Israeli defense forces, the statement added.

The Palestinians are "callously using the inevitable casualties as grist for their propaganda mill," it said.

To prove how much he hates Muslims, Garner oversaw the US efforts to help the Kurds after the Gulf War.

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