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Friday, February 09, 2007

Bedier Says President Bush "Caused" Terrorism in Iraq

WFLA, NBC-8 gathered a panel of locals to view and critique President Bush's January 23rd State of the Union address. Included in this panel was Ahmed Bedier, the Communications Director for CAIR Florida. Unfortunately, the local media doesn't mind that the group this individual represents, CAIR, refuses to condemn Hamas and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations. The reporter for the story was Peter Bernard.

Bernard: "... and well known activist, Ahmad Bedier, member of CAIR, the Council of American-Islamic Relations. He says the President used divisive language that will tend to alienate the very people the President needs to help solve the situation in Iraq. He advocates diplomacy and not bombs."

Bedier: "Terrorism is at an all-time high in Iraq, because the U.S. invaded Iraq. Before that, this type of destabilization was not present there. The havens for terrorists -- he's acknowledging it's becoming a haven for terrorists, but he's not taking responsibility for causing that to happen."

According to Bedier, on his blog, the "divisive" language he was referring to was President Bush's use of the terms "Sunni Extremists" and "Shia Extremists." The terms were heard many times during the speech. As well, he probably didn't like the use of the term "Islamist radical" either.

Maybe Mr. Bedier doesn't like the words, because he, himself, has been described in such terms, and rightfully so. Or maybe Bedier fancies these monsters as freedom fighters, not the extremists or terrorists that they are.

Bedier says that President Bush should take responsibility for "causing" the terrorism in Iraq. So, in Bedier's twisted logic, President Bush caused the terrorism -- not the Sunni Extremists or the Shia Extremists blowing up each other, women and children included -- but President Bush. Then again, to Bedier, the terrorists are not terrorists and the extremists are not extremists.

If you're confused, Ahmed Bedier did his job... and WFLA couldn't care less.

"The Shia and Sunni extremists are different faces of the same totalitarian threat. Whatever slogans they chant, when they slaughter the innocent they have the same wicked purposes. They want to kill Americans, kill democracy in the Middle East, and gain the weapons to kill on an even more horrific scale." - President George W. Bush, State of the Union, 1/23/07


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