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Wolfe: British Foiling of Plot Shows Terrorism Threat is Real; Islamic Fanatics the Problem, Not Israel, as Rahall Charges

Posted by kinchendavid on August 10, 2006

From U.S. Rep. Candidate Kim Wolfe Release

Huntington, WV  
West Virginia’s Third District Congressional Candidate Kim Wolfe is “not at all surprised” by this morning’s arrest by British authorities of 21 individuals who were involved in a “well-planned” plot  to use liquid explosives smuggled on flights in carry on bags to “blow U.S. bound airplanes out of the air”. 

Scotland Yard reported that ”we think we prevented mass murder on an unimaginable scale”, and U.S. Counterterrorism Officials called the plot “the real deal”, and referred to its scope as having “global dimension.”

While the planned attack was suggestive of an Al Qaeda plot, the investigation continues.  “We cannot assume that the threat has been completely thwarted”, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.  Sheriff Wolfe concurred, and stressed, “As I have said before, the fight against terrorism is an ongoing international fight.   Today’s major battle is staged in the Middle East, though skirmishes continue all over the world.  This morning’s attack could have been devastating.  Tomorrow’s battle could be in Europe, Asia or right here on American soil, if we don’t put a stop to it.  Hopefully, this morning’s thwarted attack will remind us that this is the single most important issue facing us.”

 A member of the U.S. Anti-Terrorist Advisory Council and the Advisory Committee to the National Task Force on Community Preparedness and Response, Wolfe, who is the Sheriff of Cabell County, WV and a lifetime law enforcement officer, feels strongly that incumbent representative Nick Rahall’s voting record is “soft on crime, border security and terrorism.”

 Wolfe said:  “My opponent, Mr. Rahall, has a dismal record of votes which are soft on crime, drugs and border security, and other matters which are critical to protecting our citizens from the threat of terrorism.  Just two weeks ago, he voted against the House resolution to denounce terrorism and support Israel’s right to defend itself, following his anti-Israel pattern.  He also voted against continuing valuable intelligence gathering and voted not to prevent the tipping off of Mexicans about the Minuteman Project to protect our borders.  Last year he voted ‘no’ on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists, ‘no’ on military recruitment on college campuses, and previously voted against reporting illegal aliens who received hospital treatment.  He received a 0% rating by The Federation for American Immigration Reform indicating ‘a voting record loosening immigration.’” 

 In February of 2003, Rahall was one of only two House members to vote against a resolution commending Israel for its recent election, and in June of 2003, he joined only four others in opposing another resolution supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist attacks.   Rahall traces his ancestry to Lebanon, and is the most active lawmaker of Arab descent in Middle Eastern affairs.  Rahall and another congressman of Arab descent have gone against State Department policy on travels to Syria, and Rahall met with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat whom “he knew for years” according to a USA Today Campaign 2004 candidate profile.

Wolfe concluded:  “I believe his voting record shows a lack of understanding or regard for our fundamental safety and security, and does not reflect the core beliefs of the vast majority of southern West Virginians.”   “The first role of government is to protect life, liberty and property.  The focus of our leadership in Washington should first be to fulfill those fundamental responsibilities.”   “We cannot let him sweep this under the rug, and we must not let him turn this into a partisan political issue.  The war against terror crosses all boundaries:  political, religious, cultural and geographical,” said Wolfe.    

Referring to Representative Rahall’s comments at a Democratic Rally in Raleigh County in which Rahall twice called Republicans “evil”, Wolfe remarked, “Terrorists are evil.  Hezbollah is evil.  To reduce any important issue to political pandering is unconscionable.  We’ve got to get past the ‘Democrats versus Republicans’ thing, and get back to a ‘Right versus Wrong’ perspective
.  There are members on both sides of the aisle who are willing to put partisan pettiness aside and do the right thing.  Obviously, Mr. Rahall is seriously out of touch with how real West Virginians feel.  The right to protect one’s family and home is fundamental.”  “I ask all West Virginians to join with me in praying for the defenders of liberty from many nations who are fighting a very real battle between good and evil.”                                                     




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