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Thursday, September 18, 2003

Hot Spit! Bush tells Palestinians they must have a leader who fights terror

President George W. Bush speaks to reporters after hosting a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II
at the presidential retreat, Camp David, Maryland, September 18, 2003. Bush acknowledged that his Middle
East peace plan had stalled, and blamed what he called the failed leadership of Palestinian President Yasser
Arafat. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters

From AP/White House:
CAMP DAVID, Md. - President Bush told Palestinians on Thursday that they must have a leader who fights terror if they want peace. He said Yasser Arafat "has failed as a leader" and blamed him for forcing the resignation of a prime minister committed to the peace process. . .

On Mideast peace efforts, Bush said he regretted that former Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas had been forced to resign. "At every turn he was undercut by the old order," Bush said. He specifically noted that he was referring to Arafat. "Hopefully, at some point in time, a leadership of the Palestinian Authority will emerge which will then commit itself 100 percent to fighting off terror," Bush said.

"I remain committed — solidly committed — to the vision of two states living side by side in peace and security. Yet that will only happen with new Palestinian leadership committed to fighting terror not compromised by terror," he added.

Speaking of the President, a recent James Carroll opinion piece in the Boston Globe reaches, and I do mean reaches, this conclusion:

"Bush himself has thus become the ultimate suicide bomber."

The Globe accepts Letters to the Editor ONLINE.

NB: Hyperbole is spelled h-y-p-e-r-b-o-l-e