- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 20, 2001

Noble: New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having the common sense courage to turn down $10 million worth of Palestinian propaganda from a Saudi prince.
Mr. Giuliani would be the first to acknowledge that the victims of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center need every dime of disaster relief that they can find. He would also be the first to thank any business for investing even a single additional dollar in the city. So, the mayor was delighted to accept an enormous $10 million donation from Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the world's sixth-richest man, who unsurprisingly, has many business interests in Gotham.
While cashing in on the mayor's uncommon media coverage, the peacock of a prince proudly proclaimed, "I came here to show my allegiance to New York." However, while he was presenting his check, the prince's press people were passing out a release proclaiming that Uncle Sam's policy towards the Palestinian people was to blame for the attacks. The release demanded that America "adopt a more balanced stance towards the Palestinian cause," because it had permitted Palestinians to be "slaughtered" by Israelis.
The mayor was enraged when he discovered the dastardly deception. Undeterred by diplomatic discriminations, he refused the riches, and angrily announced that there was "no justification" for the crime of slaughtering thousands of innocents.
Mr. Giuliani's words were loudly applauded, but his action spoke even louder. For, while many politicians proclaim their persuasions, few have the confidence to back up their convictions with a $10 million turn-down.

Knave: Rep. Cynthia McKinney, for having the uncommon chutzpah to request $10 million in Palestinian propaganda from a Saudi prince.
Give Mrs. McKinney credit for being consistent. When she sent an apology letter to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal regretting the fact that his "charity" check would not be cashed, she was simply re-signing the blank check she gave to the Palestinian movement long ago.
A decade ago, during the thunder of Operation Desert Storm, she caused a mass exodus of state representatives in the Georgia General Assembly when she excoriated President Bush for "The most insane use of the American will that I have seen in a long time." In 1998, she denounced Bill Clinton's decision to launch strikes at Iraq. Against the wishes of even the State Department, she sent a staffer to Iraq to survey damage caused by allied sanctions in 1999. Earlier this year, she declared that President George W. Bush's decision to withdraw from the Durban conference on racism was a "travesty."
That is exactly what Georgia's Sen. Zell Miller thought of Mrs. McKinney's communique to the Saudi prince. Mr. Miller called the letter "disgraceful," and "a slap in the face to Mayor Giuliani, to the victims of Sept. 11, and to all Americans."
It can only be hoped that the Americans within Mrs. McKinney's district have enough common sense and conviction to check the name of another candidate when she runs for an additional term.


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