Thursday, April 21, 2005

Newt Gingrich is a fool

US conservative Republicans have a grand old time with their prejudices, don't they? They never allow their ignorance to get in the way of an opinion on any given subject.

Former Republican Speaker in the US House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, is a prime example. Speaking Tuesday evening on the Fox News political show Hannity & Colmes, Gingrich said: "Far more of the 9/11 terrorists came across from Canada than from Mexico."

Mr. Gingrich apparently knows nothing about the subject. No fewer than two studies of the perpetrators involved in the 9/11 tragedies, by esteemed US researchers, concluded that not even one of the terrorists came from either Canada or Mexico.

Following a letter from the Canadian ambassador to the US, Frank McKenna, to Mr. Gingrich to clarify this point, Mr. Gingrich issued an apology. To Mr. McKenna, not to the television audience.

Gingrich perpetrated the very myth he apologised for in his letter to McKenna by stating the lie on the television program but making no allowances for reaching the same audience with his apology.

The letter read, in part, "Please accept my apology to the Canadian people for perpetuating the error; one I am sure that has been very painful to them. He told the ambassador he "deeply regrets" what has become a "widespread inaccuracy."

Yeah, right!

In Canada, we imprison people for telling lies of that magnitude and that insult people so strongly.

American citizens may wonder why the rest of the world hates them--they don't, just the bad ones. Newt Gingrich is one reason. If you want to know other reasons, watch FOX News Network for a while.

Bill Allin
'Turning it Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems'

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