Saturday, September 13, 2003
Dean's statement on I/P http://blog.deanforamerica.com/archives/001435.html
Governor Howard Dean expressed deep regret today at the ongoing efforts of some of the candidates for the Democratic nomination to continue to play 'gotcha' politics in so sensitive an area as the Middle East:
"Tomorrow is the tenth anniversary of the historic moment when President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Chairman Yassir Arafat stood together on the South Lawn of the White House and signed the Oslo Accords. It was a moment of hope and a moment of peace. It is a moment that I hope still brings to all of us a sense of regret for what might have been. Instead of peace, today we have war. Instead of economic growth, we have terror. Instead of a new generation of young people engaged as partners for peace, we have a new generation of terrorists and a new generation of victims.
"Particularly in these days of enormous tension and spiralling violence, I see no room in American politics for political gamesmanship when it comes to the Middle East.
"Of course, Hamas is a terrorist organization, and it must be defeated and its members defeated for seeking to thwart peace and to kill innocent men, women and children. To suggest that I might feel otherwise is shameful and should be beneath the dignity of any campaign.
"In the past few days, I have made clear that I intend to replant the seeds of peace that were sown on the White House lawn ten years ago tomorrow. I will dedicate myself from day one of my administration to the search for peace. I have made clear that it is the special relationship the United States enjoys with Israel that makes us the only party in the world with the potential to help end this centuries-old conflict. I view it as not only a duty but an honor to make sure that this time these seeds take hold.
"I call on Senators Lieberman and Kerry to lay out a constructive vision of how they would hope to carry on the legacy of Bill Clinton and Yitzhak Rabin as peacemakers and specifically how they would define the U.S. role under their leadership to recreate the hope and the promise of the peace process of ten years ago."
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