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Friday, September 12, 2003
Dean and the Middle East

By Steven Taylor @ 3:15 pm

This statement won’t come back to haunt him:

But he [Dean] also said that “there is a war going on in the Middle East, and members of Hamas are soldiers in that war, and, therefore, it seems to me that they are going to be casualties if they are going to make war.”

All kidding aside, that statement has some profound implications, especially if he were to become President.

Source: Dean defends Middle East remarks

Filed under: US Politics

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6 Comments»

  1. Well, it’s at least a good thing that he seems okay with terrorists being killed. And, in one sense, since there is a war on terror, there have to be combatants on the other end. But, in many legal and moral senses, terrorists ain’t soldiers.

    Comment by James Joyner — Friday, September 12, 2003 @ 3:26 pm

  2. True. But that legal/moral issue is rather significant.

    Comment by Steven — Friday, September 12, 2003 @ 3:34 pm

  3. The terms ’soldier’ and ‘terrorist’ are particularly subjective in the Middle East. And the differences between the two are solely based on perspective.

    Hey, at least Dean wasn’t calling the Taliban the ‘equivalent of our Founding Fathers’ like Ronald Reagan did.

    Comment by JadeGold — Friday, September 12, 2003 @ 4:13 pm

  4. Great spokesman of the Democratic Party:

    The biggest loss that weve had in the last 2 years is the loss of the sense of community… This president has given that away. - Howard Dean, 2 years after the 9/11 terror attacks.

    Comment by D-Rod — Friday, September 12, 2003 @ 5:17 pm

  5. As long as we’re talking ‘legal/moral’ issues here-it seems Donnie Rumsfeld has basically defined ‘legal/moral’ as ‘whatever I feel like.’

    http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Rumsfeld-Military-Trials.html?ex=1064237494&ei=1&en=a15387a048a794ae

    Comment by JadeGold — Saturday, September 13, 2003 @ 7:18 am


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