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Tuesday, July 25, 2006
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Terror war and selfishness
"The terrorists are not selfish, we are. That's a huge factor in the terror war. Every free country knows that a democratic Iraq would be a defeat for terrorism and a huge benefit for the world. But how many free countries are helping out in Iraq? Most people believe an international force in southern Lebanon could control the chaos there. But as of today, no country has offered any troops. Here in the USA, gas consumption is higher this year than last, despite the fact that sky-high oil prices help the terrorists. So tell me - how can the world defeat terrorists, some of whom are willing to blow themselves up, when the world will not make sacrifices? How many of us have made individual sacrifices in this time of terror? Think about your own life. Many Americans are so busy pursuing happiness and gratification we have no idea what's going on. Our leaders haven't asked us to sacrifice, so it's business as usual - hop in the gas-guzzling SUV, drive yourself crazy. The bad guys are willing to live in primitive conditions, kill themselves, and murder children, while we gas up, slap the iPods on, and hit the road. Not exactly a recipe for success in the terror war."

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Committee files suit against Bush admin
Guest: Mary Rose Oakar, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

The Factor was joined by Mary Rose Oakar, who was one of very few Arab-Americans to serve in Congress. Asked if she considers Hezbollah a terror organization, Oakar responded that "our government has it on the terrorist list" and stressed that she doesn't "personally believe in violence." Oakar now heads the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, which has filed a suit alleging that administration officials are not giving adequate protection to Americans who want to leave Lebanon. "We have heard from wounded Americans," she explained, "who can't get out of Lebanon because roads are blocked and bridges are down. The whole country is devastated. " Oakar provided the example of a 71-year-old American whose village was bombed. "His son is killed, he is wounded. We need the American government to go in to the villages and tell these people that they can get out." The Factor expressed sympathy for the elderly man, but pointed out that the overall evacuation effort has reportedly been smooth. "Not one American has been hurt, and everybody says this evacuation the United States has put together was a safe and well run evacuation."
Israel and conservative thought
Guests: Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) & Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman (D-FL)

Many Jewish Americans, who tend to be politically liberal, condemn the administration for treating terror suspects harshly. But they seem to look the other way when Israel uses even more ruthless tactics. The Factor raised the issue with House members Gary Ackerman and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both of whom are liberal and Jewish. The Factor's question: "Israel does things the United States would never do, and neither of you has condemned Israel. So is it okay for Israel to go much farther?" Schultz avoided giving a direct reply. "I'm an American, and I can only speak for what I think is appropriate in the United States of America. And torture is not appropriate." Ackerman denied that he holds Israel to different standards. "Israel has to obey international law, and America has to obey international law. Despite the fact that I might be liberal on some issues, and despite the fact that I'm Jewish, I am a patriot. I don't think you should torture anybody who doesn't need it."
Fox correspondents brave the Middle East
Guest: Fox News correspondent Amy Kellogg

Reporters from many media outlets are putting their lives on the line in Lebanon and Israel, and The Factor discussed that with FNC correspondent Amy Kellogg. Speaking from Haifa, Kellogg acknowledged that she and her colleagues have reason to be afraid. "When those air raid sirens go off, and they do many times a day here in Haifa, your heart jumps into your throat. The rockets hit so randomly, and you could be in the wrong place at the wrong time." Kellogg added that she has a comfortable hotel in which to stay, but pointed out one irony of war. "In good times people want to stay facing the sea, they want the room with the view. But in this case the people don't want a room facing the sea, which is facing Lebanon."
U of Wisc prof saga continues
Guest: Wisconsin State Representative Stephen Nass

Kevin Barrett, a teacher at the University of Wisconsin, claims the US government engineered 9/11 and other terror attacks. The university has refused to take any disciplinary action against Barrett, which state representative Stephen Nass called a travesty. "The school is in a tailspin, the Board of Regents is in a coma. 61 members of the legislature have signed a resolution asking for him to be dismissed. But only one Democrat has signed the resolution, and the governor has put his tail between his legs." The Factor wondered how Barrett remains in his job. "To be a teacher you're supposed to be a fact-based academic. This guy is delusional, it's like a math teacher saying 3 plus 3 is not 6, it's 10. This is just a collapse of all academic standards and an embarrassment for the state of Wisconsin."
Bush approval rating falls
Guest: Radio host Laura Ingraham

President Bush's job approval rating remains in the mid-30's, even though he is generally considered strong on national defense issues. Radio host Laura Ingraham analyzed the most recent numbers. "You turn on television, you open the newspapers, and the news is really depressing. There's an enormous sense of frustration out there." Ingraham advised the President to do more straight talking. "President Bush is not very good in bringing the nation along. If this is going to be the great generational struggle of our time, we better call the enemy by its name. We're fighting a war against Islamic fascists who are trying to spread their hateful ideology across the globe." The Factor offered additional reasons for the President's low ratings. "I really think he's misguided on the border, and it's gas prices as well, which are hurting people. And you're right that President Bush has not put things in focus."
San Diego monument under fire
Guest: Attorney James McElroy

Atheist Phillip Paulsen filed suit in 1989, demanding that San Diego remove a large cross that sits atop Mount Soledad, commemorating American soldiers who died in action. Paulsen's attorney James McElroy outlined his view of the case, which is still working its way through the courts. "This is really simple - the issue is one of the government not showing preference for one religion over another. The Latin cross is the preeminent symbol of Christianity in the world. 300,000 people who drive up and down the freeway every day see a Latin cross and associate it with Christianity."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Many of you sent emails about the Middle East turmoil. Some excerpts:

Anthony Eckford, New Milford, NJ: "Mr. O'Reilly, since most of the civilized world is against the actions of the Israeli army, did it ever occur to you that the USA might be on the wrong side of the fight?"

Hila Beckerman, Lebanon, NH: "It seems like Israel is battling alone. Why isn't the whole world working to eradicate the Islamic fascists?"

Christof Cook, Lake Placid, FL: "Hey, Bill, the pro-zionist attitude you profess is a deep part of the problem. It's okay to kill terrorists but don't justify killing innocents."

T.J. Versace, Madison, WI: "I don't hear China, Russia and other countries calling Hezbollah a terrorist group. President Bush should leave the Middle East alone."