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- 05:52pm May 10, 2002 EST (#2151
CLINTON - Terrorism Prevention
Former President Clinton says an anti-terrorism military invasion
of Afghanistan during his administration might have been
logistically impossible and would have drawn international
In a National Public Radio interview aired Friday, Clinton said
his White House did much to fight terrorism. Accomplishments
included thwarting ``a lot more terrorist attacks than we had,''
Clinton said. Among them, he said, were convicting most of those
responsible for acts of terror against Americans while he was
president, getting al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden away from the
network he was building in Sudan in 1996 and conducting airstrikes
against bin Laden training camps in Afghanistan in 1998.
He acknowledged failures, such as being unable to persuade Saudi
Arabia to take bin Laden into custody from Sudan and scrapping an
operation to have CIA-trained Pakistanis hunt down the suspected
terror mastermind in Afghanistan in 1999.
``I think the only thing (more) we could have done is to try some
sort of invasion, which would have been widely condemned around the
world as a violation of international law,'' said Clinton, a guest
on NPR's ``The Tavis Smiley Show.''
Now, the outrage over the Sept. 11 terror attacks has led to
widespread support for President Bush's war in Afghanistan, at home
and abroad. For instance, Clinton noted the Bush administration has
been given ``basing rights in adjoining countries'' to Afghanistan
-- crucial to the military's successes.
In the Middle East, Clinton proposed Israel and the Palestinians
make an interim agreement if they cannot reach an overall
settlement. Clinton, who actively mediated between the two sides,
said Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made a mistake in not taking
the peace agreement in late 2000.
He also said that although the idea of a new career as a
television talk show host has some appeal, it is unlikely to be his
next career turn. That's in part because it would be difficult for
such a show to be economically viable, Clinton said.
``I don't think this is going to happen,'' he said of the
speculation after he met with NBC executives last week. ``I'd be
surprised if it did.''
On the Net: Clinton on National Public
- 06:00pm May 10, 2002 EST (#2152
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat made a mistake in not taking
the peace agreement in late 2000. Clinton
Folks outside the US don't think Arafat made this mistake
- so how come the USA can not think straight regarding MEast Peace
and that border .... are you guys really going to find 10+billion
dollars to build a wall - would need USA tax-payers to dig deep!
$10+bn would be a fine contribution to an economy ... put the money
in through the women - emancipate and give them business interests
... send the men to .. err .. ummm ... to ... 'Toastmasters' .. to
learn to articulate, communicate and think straight!
- 06:38pm May 10, 2002 EST (#2153
mAzza - true confession -
"I once ate a Baby" ..
my doing so it wrote the following self-epitaph ...
'First bite, First Strike!
Off with my toes
Next the fine torso
Lastly my Nose
Last bite, last
ti: Peace Babe!
- 08:05pm May 10, 2002 EST (#2154
I'll be tomorrow getting a detailed response to gisterme's
much appreciated MD2137-2138 gisterme
5/10/02 3:44am postings. I want to do justice to them.
Gisterme raises really good, challenging questions related to
infrastructure integration; transportation costs; location
choices and challenges; sizing and spacing; staging and pacing of
development; safety; environmental impact; and other things.
Gisterme mentions MD1959, and I suspect he read MD1958 rshow55
5/2/02 1:31pm which starts:
" Mazza, not everybody is as perfect, as graceful,
and as balanced as you are. Still, people make progress, and
sometimes there's hope. Even for folks who haven't joined
and includes a fine advertorial:
. Hydrogen: promise and challenge http://www2.exxonmobil.com/files/corporate/020502.pdf
"Hydrogen vehicles may become an important part of
our energy future if known problems can be overcome."
It also includes some postings which, after a day's work on the
questions of MD2137-2138 gisterme
5/10/02 3:44am , I still feel comfortable about.
There's a LOT of solar energy
"1,750 Gb, the estimate of all the conventional
oil that there ever was or ever will be, is less than the amount
of sunlight that hits the earth in one 24 hour day." http://www.oilcrisis.com/debate/oilcalcs.htm
Maybe we can exploit that energy, economically, and reasonably
soon. It wouldn't have to be "easy" to be worth doing. But it
would have to be not just possible, but economic.
- 09:30am May 11, 2002 EST (#2155
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