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Monday, March 08, 2004

NY Post Orin Tries Kerry Take-Down


New York, MARCH 8 -- Deborah Orin, the Post’s Washington DC Bureau Chief, tried to make Democratic Nominee-in-waiting John Kerry seem as if he praised Yasser Arafat.
In the Post’s story, "Kerry's Yasser Woe"—which they label "exclusive"-- Ms. Orin uses words from Kerry’s 1997 book, "The New War", writing "Democratic presidential nominee-to-be John Kerry called Yasser Arafat a 'statesman' and a 'role model' in a 1997 book that Kerry cites as proof of his own foresight about foreign policy." Called for comment Ms. Orin said, "a statesman is a statesman."
Following is John Kerry’s full paragraph from his book:
"Only eleven years have passed since [Paul Johnson] appeared in print. If nothing else, this indicates the velocity of change in the late twentieth century. Terrorist organizations with specific political agendas may be encouraged and emboldened by Yasser Arafat's transformation from outlaw to statesman, while those whose only object is to disrupt society require no such 'role models.' In fact, what most encourages and emboldens terrorists now are the unprecedented opportunities inherent in the new world of porous borders, instant communications, and access to weapons of mass destruction. Like everything else, global terrorism is mutating at a very rapid rate. Failure to prepare for the new strains verges on the suicidal …"