Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Juxtaposition of the day

Juxtaposition of the day: Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri vs. Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

First, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri:

Pakistani Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri, said on Monday that Pakistan would send troops if it had a UN mandate, was part of a multilateral Muslim force, or received an Iraqi request that would ensure the troops were welcome.

He dismissed calls from some quarters, voiced over the weekend by the OIC's Moroccan Secretary-General Abd al-Wahid Belkeziz, that foreign forces should be evicted from Iraq.

Kasuri said it was unrealistic to demand that the United States should pull out, as it was unlikely other nations had the capacity to stabilise the country without US troops there too.

"Nobody's asked for that, neither France, nor Germany. People are not so unrealistic," Kasuri said.

"After all the US has 150,000 troops (in Iraq). Who's going to come up with that?"

And now, Dennis Kucinich:

I'm the only candidate who has a plan to get out of Iraq. We need to get the U.N. in and the U.S. out.

We have to bring our troops home. And I think that issue alone will cause many Americans to flock to my campaign when they see there's a real alternative to this endless spending of the resource of this country and waste of lives which the Iraq debacle has become.

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I'm not only in favor of ending the occupation, but stopping the waste of our tax dollars and bringing our troops home, the American people will be aware that they do have a choice.

Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri was wrong. People are that unrealistic, and one of them wants to be President!


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