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House Majority Leader Armey advocates ethnic cleansing of Palestine
On the evening of Thursday, May 2, 2002, on MSNBC's "Hardball," host Chris Matthews had the following dialogue with Republican Unitied States Congress Representative Dick Armey, from the 26th district in Texas.
Mr. Armey is the Majority Leader of the U.S. Congress - the most powerful member. We post these comments here because, like so many embarrassing news items, this one will disappear from other web sites after a short while. It should be remembered. This is the thinking of our national leaders.
Now, you might learn that Mr. Armey has apologized. He has not. The statement on his web site does not apologize. Here is his statement.
"In my exchange with Chris Matthews tonight, I left the impression that I believe peaceful Palestinian civilians should be forcibly expelled from the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This does not reflect my views. I was merely trying to convey my strong belief that Israel should yield no further territory until its security is assured and that the individuals who support terrorist acts may properly be exiled from the area.
Judge for yourself.
ARMEY: I'm content to have Israel grab the entire West Bank.
Judge for yourself. We will leave this page posted here.
My opinion is that Armey was told by advisors to George Bush that he had to change his statement. He was told that he cannot publically say what he and other national leaders actually believe and are working towards. And, being a good team player, he proceeded to issue a weak denial. Now it will be swept under the rug and forgotten by a cooperative national news media.
But for a brief moment, the truth was out. We will keep the record here.