9/21/2004 Deal with the
‘The US does not make deals with terrorists.’
This statement is a fallacy.
Take the simplest example from this week's news.
The US has now lifted some economic sanctions from Libya.
Libya is currently paying reparations for a couple of terrorist
acts that they sponsored. (1) By Bush's own definition, Libya as a
terrorist supporting state is no different than a terrorist:
government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit
in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist
The leader that was in power in Libya at the time
of the attacks is still in power now. We are negotiating with him.
Therefore we negotiate with terrorists.
The 3rd paragraph from the AP story
shows the negotiations in action:
“Libya had threatened to
cancel the compensation payment if the sanctions had not been lifted by
Does the terrorist dictator now get a pass because
he has “renounced” WMD’s? I
think the further negotiations give the lie to that idea:
The US is now in negotiations over oil contracts in
Negotiations with Terrorists are ongoing, as long
as they have oil.
SF Examiner (AP)
Voice of America http://quickstart.clari.net/voa/art/cg/BB7ACE4C-1EE3-42C9-ABFEBCEDC0AB6460.html