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Thursday, July 5, 2007

"World Leaders"

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 at 12:21 PM

"World Leaders" is a photo exhibit by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. It opens this evening at 5 p.m. at The Big Picture Theater & Cafe in Waitsfield, and will stay up through July.

Leahy’s quite to ol' photographer and he does shoot some pretty interesting subject matter:

President George H.W. Bush wearing Mickey Mouse ears; the Dalai Lama, Leahy’s personal friend, caught informally;

the late Pope John Paul II’s installation and funeral; history-changing bill-signings taken from behind several presidents; and backstage moments with musical icons Bono and the Grateful Dead.


Leahy's photographs have been published in several newspapers and magazines, including U.S. News & World Report, TIME Magazine, and USA Today.

Free and open to the public.

ALso, St. Patrick was on the WDEV airwaves this morning with Eric Michaels and addressed head-on the current state of the wars of and on terrorism:

LEAHY:  I think British Prime Minister Brown handled it very, very well. These are criminals and we sometimes get a little too carried away, saying that some massive well-coordinated terrorist conspiracy. These are criminals. Timothy McVeigh, one of the greates mass murders in theUnited States, was a criminal. Those who did the mass murders at the Twin Towers, they’re crimnals. And we should look at it that way.

Q. You’re saying we should not be at war on terror?

LEAHY: No, I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying what you do is you go after crimnals whether crimnals are acting as terroriatsa or acting as murderers in the street.  You go after them

But you also try to find the root causes of it. For example, before we went into Iraq there was no al-Qaeda in Iraq.  Now it’s swarming with al-Qaeda. It’s proven to be a training ground for them.

Did the Iraq War make us safer or less safe?

More and more, generals and Republicans and everybody else is saying, the war has made us less safe.

What you should be doing is spending your time and money in knowing how to be pre-emptive.

For example, we know now that the Administraton could have stopped 9/11 before it happened if the dots had been connected. One of the things they said after that was hire more translators for Arabic languages.

They still haven’t hired them. They still haven’t done it.

We’ll make a big thing about telling you you can’t bring a half-bottle of water on the airplane, but they haven’t done any of the things, any of the major things, the 9/11 Commission said they should do to make flying safer.


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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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