Posted: 6/18/2002 6:45:04 AM EDT
[i]From Ha'aretz of today[/i]
[b]Media mogul Ted Turner: Israel also involved in 'terrorism'[/b]
LONDON - Outspoken U.S. media mogul Ted Turner was quoted Tuesday as saying Israel was engaged in "terrorism" against the Palestinians that could be compared to the suicide bomber attacks on Israelis.
"Right now, aren't the Israelis and the Palestinians both terrorizing each other?" the 63-year-old billionaire founder of 24-hour news network CNN said in an interview with the Guardian newspaper.
"The rich and the powerful, they don't need to resort to terrorism... The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers - that's all they have.
"The Israelis... they've got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make the case that both sides are involved in terrorism."
Israeli government spokesman Daniel Seaman lashed out at Turner's comments as "stupid."
"My only advice to Ted Turner is if people assume you are stupid, it is just best to keep your mouth shut rather than open your mouth and confirm everyone in that view," Seaman was quoted as saying by the Guardian.
Turner, now vice chairman of AOL Time Warner Inc, which owns CNN, also acknowledged in the Guardian interview he had used an "unfortunate choice of words" when he said in a speech earlier this year that the hijackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11 were "brave."
Turner said he tended to overuse the word as owner of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. "I chose accidentally to say that they [the hijackers] were brave... I use that word so often, it just pops out," he said.
[i]Only a moron can say such a thing and marry Jane "Ho Chi Mihn" Fonda... Next time that Usama will put hijackers on airplanes, let him put Ted the Red inside one of them... and then call USAF F15 to down the airplane![/i]