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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:25 PM
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Bush letter cites "crusade" against terrorism
Edited on Sun Apr-18-04 06:28 PM by JoFerret
Does he never learn. (But of course - it's deliberate)

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Years after President Bush (news - web sites) set off alarm bells in the Muslim world by referring to his war against terrorism as a "crusade," the word that Arabs equate with Christian brutality has resurfaced in a Bush campaign fund-raising letter, officials acknowledged on Sunday.



The March 3 letter, which Bush-Cheney Campaign Chairman Marc Racicot sent to new campaign charter members in Florida, lauded the Republican president for "leading a global crusade against terrorism" while citing evidence of Bush's "strong, steady leadership during difficult times."


However, the word "crusade" recalls a historical trauma for the Muslim world, which was besieged by Christian crusaders from Europe during the Middle Ages.


In the weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, Bush caused an uproar by telling reporters: "This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take awhile." Faced with worldwide consternation over the remark, the White House later said Bush regretted his use of the term.

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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:28 PM
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1. Well hell, everyone can see his horns now...

...so this really shouldn't be any shock. I'd rather he be open about it so that we can call him on it.
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JoFerret Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-04 06:49 AM
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11. I like that idea
- having him be upfront about the use of the word and splain it
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:36 PM
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2. Mm-hmm
I'm sure if a Democratic or liberal group sent out a fund-raising letter calling for a "jihad" against the Bush Administration and the Republican Party there would be endless yelping and squawking from them and their allies in the corporate media.
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JPace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:42 PM
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3. He seems incapable of learning from his mistakes....
but then he doesn't think he makes any either.
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NJmaverick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:45 PM
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4. Well the problem is
bush does think it is a crusade. He believes he is on a mission from God.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:50 PM
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7. well
his followers do, that's for sure.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:45 PM
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5. "He" didn't write it.
Hell, he probably didn't even bother to read it. It portrays the sycophantic reichbot zeal and corruption.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 06:48 PM
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6. Yep, Bush is doing anything and everything to spark another attack...
no apologies, just keep on keeping on, down the rabbit hole.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 07:53 PM
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8. Ya this is fresh
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boobooday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:11 PM
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9. Playing to his regulars
He knows his fanatical Christian supporters just lap that stuff up.



http://www.wgoeshome.com
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-18-04 08:29 PM
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10. global crusade....Racicot has no qualms pandering to the base, while
blithely ignoring the international trouble this could cause. He knows the connotations of the word "crusade".

So, they claim disagreeing with the Resident is equivalent to aiding and abetting terrorism, yet fanning the flames of religious extremism is, what?, patriotic? Politics as usual? Bringing 'em on?

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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-19-04 06:58 AM
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12. In another language- (Arabic)
"Racicot has no qualms pandering to the base-"

would read: "Racicot has no qualms pandering to Al Quaida."
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