by John Hawkins | March 18, 2004 11:59 pm
Although the Iranians, French, and North Koreans are reputed to be big fans of Kerry campaign, to the best of my knowledge, there have been two “foreign leaders” who have actually endorsed him at this point.
The first was of course Spain’s new prime minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero who only got into office after receiving a helping hand from Al-Qaeda.
But today, Kerry also got the nod from the most renowned Jewish conspiracy freak on the planet, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad…
“Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad endorsed Democratic contender John Kerry in the U.S. presidential race Thursday, saying he would keep the world safer than President Bush.
I think Kerry would be much more willing to listen to the voices of people and of the rest of the world,” Mahathir, who retired in October after 22 years in power, told The Associated Press in an interview.
“But in the U.S., the Jewish lobby is very strong, and any American who wants to become president cannot change the policy toward Palestine radically”
Wow! How exciting it must be for Kerry to have pulled an endorsement from “a widely respected statesman” like Mahathir Mohamad! Why his big speech at the Organization of the Islamic Conference in October of last year made headlines across the world! Here’s a little snippet from his Senator Kerry’s newest fan!
“”The Europeans killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million, but today the Jews rule the world by proxy,” Mahathir, a widely respected statesman in Asia and the developing world, said in a speech as he became chairman of the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference. ”They get others to fight and die for them,” he said.
…Mahathir said Muslims had achieved ”nothing” in more than 50 years of fighting Israel.
”They survived 2,000 years of pogroms not by hitting back but by thinking,” Mahathir said. ”They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal rights with others.”
Mahathir said the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims ”cannot be defeated by a few million Jews,” but suggested the use of political and economic tactics instead of violence to achieve a ”final victory.”
To his credit, Kerry had his foreign policy adviser Randy Beers aim a slap at Mahathir and did his best to nip the whole “foreign leaders” thing in the bud…
“Kerry “rejects any association” with Mahathir, “an avowed anti-Semite (search) whose views are totally deplorable,” said Kerry foreign policy adviser Rand Beers in a statement.
“This election will be decided by the American people, and the American people alone. It is simply not appropriate for any foreign leader to endorse a candidate in America’s presidential election. John Kerry does not seek, and will not accept, any such endorsements,” Beers said.”
Of course, knowing Kerry, if he does have a “foreign leader” endorse him who isn’t a dictator, terrorism beneficiary, or world class anti-Semite, he’ll probably flip-flop on what Beers said and start trumpeting the endorsement to the world.
If you ask me, the GOP should actually make use of some of these endorsements in a campaign commercial. Just check out this magnificent ad that was used against Jimmy Carter in 1980. It worked before and I think it would be effective again.
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