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Published on Monday April 1, 2002
 
Ari the Evader by Russell Mokhiber...
 
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White House Press Briefing with Ari Fleischer
 
 
Monday, April 1, 2002 12:00 PM
 
 
by Russell Mokhiber
 
     
  Mokhiber: On this question of "terrorism is terrorism is terrorism." Lev Grinberg is a Professor at Ben Gurion University in Israel. He has written an article in Tikkun Magazine called "Israel's State Terrorism."

He asks the following question: "What is the difference between state terrorism and individual terrorists acts?" You argue that when a Palestinian straps a bomb around his waist and blows it up in a cafeteria, killing innocents -- that's terrorism. He wants to know -- what about the Israeli targeted killing of 100 Palestinians, or the 120 Palestinian paramedics who have been killed, or the 1,200 Palestinians who have been killed in the last couple of years?

Why doesn't the administration call that terrorism? And why do they insist that is self-defense?

Ari Fleischer: The administration is always concerned with and committed to finding ways to create a peaceful environment in the Middle East for the difficult issues there to be resolved. What threatens that is acts of terrorism that target innocent civilians where the whole purpose of the campaign is to find and kill innocents. And that makes it different in application. There are times when, in military operations, innocent lives are lost, and the President decries that. The President will always look for ways, continuing throughout the violence, to find ways to bring the parties together. And I'll leave it at that.

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White House reporter Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter - www.corporatecrimereporter.com. He co-authors the weekly Focus on the Corporation column with Robert Weissman which Common Dreams publishes. He can be reached at: russell@nationalpress.com

 

 
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