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    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Ali, Tahir
    > Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2000 8:56 PM
    > To: Ali, Tahir
    > Subject: Muslim Analysis: Second Presidential Debate TEXT ----
    > Mark your calender for Oct. 23 --- "Day of Muslim Solidarity__
    >
    >
    > Assalaam-O-Alaikum, (THIS EMAIL IS GOING TO A LARGE NUMBER, including
    > Nationally: AMA, ISNA, AMC, SoundVision, +)
    >
    > This report includes a Muslim view of the second US Presidential debate
    > between Al Gore and George Bush. This is the actual text.
    > Based on Gore and Bush answers, it is clear both do not want to offend the
    > Jewish votes. Gore in particular is all for Israel, whereas Bush believes
    > that there is no peace unless both parties are happy, and he alos pointed
    > out that the Arab Muslims have been target of secret evidence.
    >
    > NOTE: Before you all move on to read the actual text(its not much). Thank
    > you all for your fine responses, but the time has come to roll up our
    > sleeves and instead ask "how can I help". Lot of you enquired about the
    > Muslim Walk to DC that we have been talking about, with Islamic leaders
    > in US. Well the wish has come true. As mentioned earlier the only issue
    > that we all Muslims agree is on the Jerusalem issue. Isa Mujahid, AMA
    > secretary in his interview to a newspaper on Oct. 7, said it clearly,
    > "There are 1.25 billion Muslims on this planet and Al-Aqsa is sacred to
    > all of us," he said. "I can't tell you how strong I feel about the
    > situation." Isa Mujahid, is an American Born Afro American brother.
    >
    > So HEAR this:
    >
    > THERE WILL BE A MARCH AND RALLY IN WASHINGTON DC PROTESTING ISRAEL'S
    > AGGRESSION AGAINST AL-AQSA MOSQUE AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.
    >
    > WHEN: OCT 23, 2000 AT 11:00AM
    > WHERE: BEGIN AT FREEDOM PLAZA TO LAFAYETTE PARK IN FRONT OFTHE WHITE
    > HOUSE
    >
    > THIS IS A COORDINATED NATIONAL EFFORT OF ALL MUSLIM ORGANIZATIONS:
    > (NATIONAL TASK FORCE)
    > THE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL TASK FORCE ARE: (OTHERS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO
    > JOIN)
    >
    > American Muslim Council (AMC)
    > American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
    > American Muslims for Jerusalem (AMJ)
    > Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
    > Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)
    > Islamic Institute Foundation (IIF)
    > Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
    > Muslim American Society (MAS)
    > Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
    > Muslim Student Association (MSA)
    >
    > Whomever, of the two US presidential candidates Al Gore and George Bush,
    > or both show up, that is yet to see.
    >
    > THIS IS THE FINAL TEST. WE NEED TO SHOW UP IN HUGE NUMBERS. WE HAVE TO PUT
    > OUR ACTIONS WHERE OUR MOUTH IS. PLEASE ANNOUNCE THIS IN THE FRIDAY
    > PRAYERS. THE IMAMS AND ALL THE ISLAMIC CENTERS NEED TO TAKE A LEADING ROLE
    > IN THIS EFFORT. SHOW SUPPORT AND SYMPATHY FOR THOSE SUFFERING MUSLIM
    > BROTHERS, SISTERS AND CHILDREN.
    >
    > FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY AS POSSIBLE.
    >
    > Thank You.
    > Tahir Ali.
    >
    > NOW THE ACTUAL EXCERPTS FROM THE DEBATE (GO TO CNN FOR THE FULL TEXT)
    > LEHRER: New question, Vice President Gore, the governor mentioned the
    > Middle East. Here we're talking at this stage of the game about diplomatic
    > power that we have. What do you think the United States should do right
    > now to resolve that conflict over there?
    > GORE: The first priority has to be on ending the violence, dampening down
    > the tensions that have risen there. We need to call upon Syria to release
    > the three Israeli soldiers who have been captured. We need to insist that
    > Arafat send out instructions to halt some of the provocative acts of
    > violence that have been going on.
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: Blames Palestines for the uprising.
    > I think that we also have to keep a weather eye toward Saddam Hussein,
    > because he's taking advantage of this situation to once again make
    > threats. And he needs to understand that he's not only dealing with
    > Israel, he's dealing with us if he is making the kind of threats that he's
    > talking about there.
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: Now shifting blame, and saying clearly "he's not
    > only dealing with Israel, he's dealing with us"
    > But one thing I would say where diplomacy is concerned, Israel should --
    > should feel absolutely secure about one thing: Our bonds with Israel are
    > larger than agreements or disagreements on some details of diplomatic
    > initiatives. They are historic, they are strong, and they are enduring.
    > And our ability to serve as an honest broker is something that we need to
    > shepherd.
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: Guess who is getting the Jewish votes.
    >
    > LEHRER: Governor?
    > BUSH: Well, I think during the campaign, particularly now during this
    > difficult period, we ought to be speaking with one voice. And I appreciate
    > the way the administration has worked hard to calm the tensions. Like the
    > vice president, I call on Chairman Arafat to have his people pull back to
    > make the peace.
    > I think credibility is going to be very important in the future in the
    > Middle East. I want everybody to know, should I be the president, Israel's
    > going to be our friend. I'm going to stand by Israel.
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: He is a bit careful not to offend the Jewish
    > community.
    > Secondly, that I think it's important to reach out to moderate Arab
    > nations like Jordan and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
    >
    > LEHRER: So you don't believe, Vice President Gore, that we should take
    > sides and resolve this right now? There a lot of people pushing, "Hey, the
    > United States should declare itself and not be so neutral in this
    > particular situation."
    > GORE: Well, we stand with Israel, but we have maintained the ability to
    > serve as an honest broker. ...
    > GORE: And if we throw away that ability to serve as an honest broker, then
    > we have thrown -- we will have thrown away a strategic asset that's
    > important not only to us but also to Israel.
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: Shows strong support of Israel
    > LEHRER: Do you agree with that, Governor?
    > BUSH: I do. I do think this, though. I think that when it comes to
    > timetables, it can't be the United States timetable as to how discussions
    > take place. It's got to be a timetable that all parties can agree to,
    > other than -- like the Palestinians and the Israelis.
    > Secondly, any lasting peace is going to have to be a peace that's good for
    > both sides, and, therefore, the term honest broker makes sense.
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: Bush is trying to make sense now "any lasting
    > peace is going to have to be a peace that's good for both sides"
    > LEHRER: People watching here tonight very interested in Middle East
    > policy. And they're so interested that they want to make a -- they want to
    > base their vote on differences between the two of you as president, how
    > you would handle Middle East policy. Is there any difference?
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: Both managed to dodge the question bringing Sadam
    > back into the picture.
    >
    > ON SECRET EVIDENCE:
    >
    > LEHRER: First, a couple of follow-ups from the vice presidential debate
    > last week.
    > Vice President Gore, would you support or sign as president a federal law
    > banning racial profiling by police and other authorities at all levels of
    > government?
    > GORE: Yes, I would. The only thing an executive order can accomplish is to
    > ban it in federal law enforcement agencies. etc etc
    > BUSH: Yes. I can't imagine what it would be like to be singled out because
    > of race and stopped and harassed. That's just flat wrong, and that's not
    > what America's all about. And so we ought to do everything we can to end
    > racial profiling.
    > And secondly, there is other forms of racial profiling that goes on in
    > America. Arab-Americans are racially profiled in what's called secret
    > evidence. People are stopped, and we got to do something about that. My
    > friend, Senator Spencer Abraham of Michigan, is pushing a law to make sure
    > that, you know, Arab-Americans are treated with respect.
    > [Ali, Tahir] Analysis: BUSH points out the American Arab profiling:
    > based on secret evidence.
    >
    > ON GAY RIGHTS
    > BUSH: I'm not for gay marriage. I think marriage is a sacred institution
    > between a man and a woman. And I appreciate the way the administration
    > signed the Defense of Marriage Act. I presume the vice president supported
    > it when the president signed that bill and supports it now. But I think --
    > I think marriage is a sacred institution.
    > LEHRER: Vice President Gore?
    > GORE: I agree with that. And I did support that law. But I think that we
    > should find a way to allow some kind of civic unions. And I basically
    > agree with Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman. And I think the three of us have
    > one view and the governor has another one.
    > [Ali, Tahir] But, not forceful enough as BUSH
    >
    >

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    Thanks for the important info Antidote!

    I missed the presidential debate so I'm a little behind on what happened and the positions that both Gore and Bush took on the issue of the unrest in the Middle East.

    I can't really say that I'm surprised at the American stance on it but I am disappointed.

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