Mokhiber: Ari, this week marks the 20th
anniversary of the massacre at Sabra and Shatilla where 1,700 Palestinians were
killed. Ariel Sharon was found by an Israeli Commission of Inquiry to be personally
responsible for that event. Also, this year marks the slaughter in Hama, Syria
of 20,000 Syrians by the Assad regime. My question is, why aren't we seeking regime
changes in those two countries given the nature of those two leaders?
Ari Fleischer: As I said yesterday, no
nation on earth is like Iraq. That is why the United Nations has spoken out as
often as it has and as repeatedly as it has for over a decade asking Iraq to comply
with UN resolutions in the past, and it has failed to do so. No nation represents
the threat to peace on earth that Iraq does because of its attempt to get weapons
of mass destruction, because of its militaristic recent history, where it has
shown an willingness and ability to invade its neighbors and attack its neighbors.
No other nation is like that, and that's why I reject any comparisons to those
Mokhiber: If I could follow up. Israel itself
reportedly has 20 to 40 nuclear weapons. So, it has [nuclear] weapons, and its
current leader has been found personally responsible for a slaughter in Lebanon.
Ari Fleischer: Again, I don't think you
can compare any other nation on earth to Iraq. The comparison is faulty.