For Release: April 27, 2004
Contact: David Almasi at (202) 507-6398 x106
Project 21 to Discuss Jesse Jackson's Inflammatory Comments on Iraq on Fox's "Hannity and Colmes" Jackson Claimed U.S. Military Action in Iraq Constitutes Murder and Claimed U.S. Troops There Are Committing a "Crime Against Humanity"
Project 21 National Advisory Council member Michael King is scheduled to appear on the Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes" program on Tuesday, April 27 at 9:00 pm eastern to discuss Jesse Jackson's recent criticism of the liberation of Iraq.
In comments made before and during a speech at the 21st Century Black Massachusetts Conference in Boston on April 3, the Boston Herald reports, Jackson condemned U.S. efforts to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from power. He called the U.S. liberation of Iraq "a crime against humanity" and said Iraqi deaths resulting from the actions of U.S. forces are "murder." He encouraged the United Nations to sanction the U.S. and consider the use of military force: "I'm not sure the U.N. has the power to act against us in a military way, but they have the right to make a moral judgment." Jackson also called on Congress to determine if President Bush's war policies are impeachable offenses, but said Congress itself bears no responsibility for the war, despite having voted to authorize it.
Jackson's statements were first brought to national attention by the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group that is urging Coca-Cola to stop making six-figure contributions to Jackson's organizations.
King said: "Jesse Jackson's motives have never been as transparent as they were with these statements. If anyone needs to apologize, it's him. He indulges his fantasies and delusions of grandeur by calling for Bush's impeachment and calling for United Nations action against us. But blacks are beginning to see the truth - that Jackson's bluster is exactly that: all smoke and no substance."
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