SUBJECT: An Imperative In The War Against Terrorism
Our nation and much of the world is looking to the forthcoming
report of the Baker/Hamilton commission to recommend a way out
of the present morass in Iraq. Never before in their significant
careers has such responsibility been placed on any bipartisan
commission. The Civic Caucus in Minnesota is likewise looking to
their report for constructive proposed solutions.
However, we recognize that the scope of the commissionís
assignment involves Iraq only. But in reaching any longer term
solution to the Iraq issue we must recognize and deal with one
essential fact above all others. The Islamic distrust and hatred
for the United States has intensified to the point where it must
be dealt with if any successful long term solution is to be
In order to begin to reverse this degree of distrust and hatred,
we must solve the Palestine/Israel controversy in a way that
assures the Palestinians their own territory, protects their
borders, and rebuilds their economy. The Islamists see the U.S.
as in lockstep support of whatever Israel wants and does. This
is a fatal defect to any lasting peaceful solution in Iraq, or
for that matter, for any area of the middle east.
The Civic Caucus communicated a report with specific
recommendations that deal with this fundamental issue back in
2003. We made recommendations in that report that are equally
sound and urgently needed today. Nothing in this report is
We strongly urge you to reflect on the conclusions and
recommendations we made in that report and to seize the moment
by providing, controversial but essential leadership in
resolving the Palestine issue in ways proposed by our report.
The leading nation in the world must lead, and you can do it.
We wish you the very best. We are so dependent upon your next
stage decisions. Your legacy and the world depend on your
leadership and politics must be set aside.
If we can be of any additional assistance, please let us know.
Our 2003 report is printed below:
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having to attend meetings. The Civic Caucus believes
its approach might serve as a prototype for other organizations.
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the core group listed below,
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The Civic Caucus
is a non-partisan,
tax-exempt educational organization. The Core participants
who craftged this letter included persons of varying political
persuasions, reflecting years of leadership in politics and
business. Click here
to see a short personal background of each.
Verne C. Johnson, chair; Lee Canning, Charles Clay, Bill Frenzel,
Paul Gilje, Jim Hetland, John Mooty, Jim Olson,
Wayne Popham and John Rollwagen.