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Saturday, August 27, 2005
Pres. Bush: Palestinians must show they will fight terror, US doesn't leave Iraq prematurely

[IMRA: While President Bush praises Mr. Sharon for his "courageous and
painful" retreat from the Gaza Strip carried out per the Prime Minister
promise to retreat come-what-may and in particular without regard for the
consequences of creating a power vacuum in Israel's backyard, he sets a far
different standard for America: "Our strategy is straightforward: As Iraqis
stand up, Americans will stand down. And when Iraqi forces can defend their
freedom by taking more and more of the fight to the enemy, our troops will
come home with the honor they have earned."

Mr. Bush's remark about Iraq is particularly poignant when one considers
that America chose to honor Sharon's retreat by inviting Min. Olmert for a
visit - the man who from the start of the retreat plan wore his clueless
about the morning after retreat as a badge of honor.]

For Immediate Release
August 27, 2005
President's Radio Address
www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050827.html

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. In recent days, we have witnessed remarkable
events in the broader Middle East. People are making the tough choices
necessary for a future of security and hope that will make the region and
the world more peaceful.

During the past two weeks, Prime Minister Sharon and the Israeli people took
a courageous and painful step by removing Israeli settlements in Gaza and
parts of the northern West Bank. I congratulate the Prime Minister for his
bold leadership.

Now that Israel has withdrawn, the way forward is clear. The Palestinians
must show the world that they will fight terrorism and govern in a peaceful
way. We will continue to help the Palestinians to prepare for self
government and to defeat the terrorists who attack Israel and oppose the
establishment of a peaceful Palestinian state.

We remain fully committed to defending the security and well-being of our
friend and ally Israel. We demand an end to terrorism and violence in every
form because we know that progress depends on ending terror. And we will
continue working for the day when the map of the Middle East shows two
democratic states -- Israel and Palestine -- living side by side in peace
and security.
...
Our strategy is straightforward: As Iraqis stand up, Americans will stand
down. And when Iraqi forces can defend their freedom by taking more and more
of the fight to the enemy, our troops will come home with the honor they
have earned.

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