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September 12, 2003

Dean Right on Israel

It's odd, despite my antiwar stance, Dean really didn't pull me in to support on that issue. But given his strength on labor issues, his strong stand on fair treatment of the Palestinians and for the US acting as a honest broker may have done the trick.

The irony is that Dean is being attacked for this statement:

"There is a war going on in the Middle East, and members of Hamas are soldiers in that war," Dean said Wednesday.
The problem? Hamas are terrorists and should not be dignified with the description "soldiers," supposedly.

But the weird thing is that the quote was made in the context of Dean saying Israel had the right to kill Hamas folks off. The second half of the sentence after the phrase above (deleted from the Fox quote) was:

and, therefore, it seems to me that they are going to be casualties if they are going to make war.
Talk about a ridiculous attack.

Here he was questioned about Israel's selectively killing the leaders of Hamas-- a dicy act under international law and UN resolutions -- and he SUPPORTS Israel, yet he gets attacked?

Why? Because he also is calling for Israel to give up large numbers of settlements in the name of peace and argue that the US has to act as a fair broker for peace negotiations.

Kerry has also attacked Dean for his comments supporting an honest broker role for the US in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I think this just about officially signs me up for the Dean camp.

Also this- which has meaning for my family. I think Dean's got me.

Posted by Nathan at September 12, 2003 04:42 PM