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Neil Cavuto Advances the Extreme Right's Assassination Talk

Reported by Melanie - October 12, 2005

Alexander "I'm in control here" Haig, one of the has-been, Reagan-era officials frequently seen on Fox News, was a guest on Your World today (October 12, 2005). Haig was on to discuss the death, officially being called a suicide, of Ghazi Kenaan, the Syrian Interior Minister.

At the end of the interview, Cavuto said: "You have the problem in Iran, you have the problem with Syria. Would we be better off with [Syria's president Bashar al-] Assad dead?"

Haig paused for two or three seconds then said, "Overthrown?"

Cavuto: "Over time, immediate, your pick."

Laughing, Haig said, "I don't hear you. Are you saying something?"

Cavuto: "I would be curious whether you think we'd be better off with this guy dead."

Haig: "Well, we'd be better off with a new government." His father was "a pretty cleaver, as well as a very tough guy," but "this fella's been a little inept."

Comment: This is the third time in less than two months that extremist US media figures have advocated for, or raised the specter of, assassinating a foreign leader. On August 22, 2005, the "Christian" broadcaster, Pat Robertson, called for the assassination of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. On October 3, 2005, Fox's Bill O'Reilly said this about Syria's President al-Assad: "[W]e could take his life, and we should take his life if he doesn't help us out." Fox News is broadcast internationally and from a check of the Christian Broadcast Network's website, it looks like it is too. America, how do you feel knowing that these guys are being heard around the world? Do these de facto ambassadors speak for you and for the ideals we believe in and want to present to the world? Write Fox. Write to the CBN

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