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Robertson cheide scusa, ma la Casa Bianca resta in silenzio
- Subject: Robertson cheide scusa, ma la Casa Bianca resta in silenzio
- From: "nello peacelink" <n.margiotta at peacelink.it>
- Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 11:16:24 +0200
From: Venezuela News & Action <newsandaction at veninfo.org> Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 11:50:50 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Pat Robertson Apologizes, Yet White House Remains Silent ROBERTSON APOLOGIZES, YET WHITE HOUSE REMAINS SILENT As many of you have heard by now, U.S. Televangelist Pat Robertson publicly apologized yesterday after calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. The apology came after a 48-hour public battering by friends and foes alike, and dozens of excoriating editorials from newspapers across the United States (not to mention just 3 hours after Robertson himself claimed to have been "misinterpreted," an argument that turned out to be false.) It has been heartening to see that most Americans, even very conservative ideologues, recognize such statements for what they are: arrogant, immoral, and dangerous. < Read Roberston's inflammatory statements, and the swift and furious reaction from the U.S. media, members of Congress, the faith community and more: http://www.rethinkvenezuela.com/news/robmain.html > Yet while all of America seems to be talking about Robertson and Venezuela, there has been conspicuous silence from the place that matters most: the United States White House. To date, President Bush has refused to condemn Robertson's remarks, which Venezuelan leaders argue are akin toterrorism.
The few Bush appointees who have weighed in on the matter have issued limp and insufficient statements. When questioned about Robertson's remarks, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack simply stated, "We do not share his views." Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was even more dismissive of the international outrage. "[Robertson] is a private citizen," Rumsfeld said. "Private citizens saythings all the time."
Hard hitting words from those on the front lines against international terrorism. WHAT YOU CAN DO: A huge array of organizations around the country is organizing campaigns around the Robertson debacle. There are many ways to get involved. The human rights group Global Exchange is encouraging citizens to call the White House to ask the Bush Administration to "condemn the call for terrorist homicide. [The administration] must investigate the legality of calling for the assassination of a democratically elected foreign head of state, and abide by international law in prosecuting terrorist activity." The public comment line at the White House is (202) 456-1111.
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