JAFFA, Israel – Mideast terrorist leaders today thanked actress Sharon Stone for claiming to Arab media the U.S. used the Sept. 11 attacks as “pretext” for launching wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The terrorists stated Stone’s remarks, published this week in Arabic, reinforce their views that current U.S. foreign policy is leading America toward destruction.
“What Stone said strengthens what we have been saying all along – that the Bush administration and the American evangelical Christians who control U.S. policy are leading America to defeat,” said Muhammad Abel-Al, spokesman and senior leader of the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist organization.
Aside from her remarks about 9-11, Stone, in her interview with the pan-Arabic Al Hayat newspaper, also bemoaned what she called Americas’ decision to ignore the deaths of “600,000 Iraqis.”
She stated she was against war with Iran and criticized the international community’s failure to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Senior terrorists here urged Americans to take heed of the “Basic Instinct” star’s comments.
Speaking to WND from the Gaza Strip, the Committees’ Abdel-Al said Stone’s remarks “prove there is no option for us besides keeping up the resistance against the Americans, who are deep in bloodshed in Iraq and Afghanistan; and against [America’s] ally, the Israelis, who are deep in Lebanese and Palestinian bloodshed.”
“I say to Stone, if the American policy continues, it will be the beginning of the end of your empire of evil,” said Abdel-Al, whose Committees has taken credit for scores of suicide bombings, shooting attacks and rocket firings against Jewish population centers.
The Committees also is accused of a 2003 Gaza bombing in which three U.S. contractors were killed.
Abu Islam, leader of Gaza’s Jihadia Salafiya, an Islamic extremist movement that has been accused of committing anti-Christian terrorism, stated, “I think this lady (Stone) is smelling and seeing the dangers for the future of America.”
“I call on the Americans to see the truth of what is going on in Iraq, Afghanistan and Europe, not through the media but what is happening on the ground. Civilians are being killed. You are losing your sons. The mujahideen will keep killing your soldiers everywhere they are outside America,” stated Abu Islam.
“I say you will soon see what Allah said – that the hand of Allah and the Muslims will be raised and the hand of the nonbelievers will be down,” he said.
Abu Islam’s Jihadia Salafiya group last year announced the opening of a “military wing” to enforce Muslim law in Gaza. Jihadia Salafiya is accused of anti-Christian killings and is suspected of attacking a United Nations school in Gaza last May, after the school allowed boys and girls to participate in the same sporting event. One person was killed in that attack.
Jihad Jaara, the infamous director of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity who served as the Bethlehem-area chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist organization, also sounded off about Stone’s remarks:
“We feel satisfied with Stone’s quotes, which prove we were right and the policy of wars will not lead to anywhere. We see that she is a woman who understands well what are the risks of the American foreign policy,” Jaara told WND.
Jaara said he wasn’t particularly emboldened by Stone’s anti-war comments, because “what she said is very obvious and logical and goes with what we say all the time.”
Jaara, addressing the U.S., announced: “If you don’t follow Stone and if you renew the Republican regime, you cannot blame anyone besides yourselves for the dangers this new Republican regime will bring you unto you.”
During her interview with Al Hayat, Stone said she feels “great pain when the spotlight is on the death of 4,000 American soldiers, while 600,000 Iraqi deaths are ignored.”
“War is not a movie, it is a tragedy of dead bodies, victims, the disabled, orphans, widows and the displaced,” she said.
Stone spoke in English while her comments were translated and published in Arabic. An English transcript of the interview was not available to the media.
Al Hayat yesterday published excerpts of the interview, conducted in December, when Stone attended the fourth Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates. Al Hayat’s sister publication, Leha, is to publish the entire interview Wednesday.
According to reports, Stone visited the region on a fact-finding mission, accusing the U.S. media of failing to provide Americans with the truth.
“I feel sad when I realize how much truth is being changed or obscured in the American media,” she said.
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