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Ted Turner Says September 11 Terrorists Were Brave Men

Wednesday, 13 February 2002 12:00 AM

During a speech at Brown University in Providence, R.I., Turner, founder of CNN, said the hijackers were motivated by world poverty and "were brave at the very least.

"The reason that the World Trade Center got hit is because there are a lot of people living in abject poverty out there who don't have any hope for a better life," he said.

Turner added that he thinks the terrorists "also might have been a little nuts."

But the media mogul didn't stop there. He compared President Bush to Roman emperor Julius Caesar, and said America missed out by not electing Democrat Al Gore.

"A few more votes in Florida, and we could have had the best environmental president (Al Gore) we ever had. Now, we've got an oil man. He (President Bush) is another Julius Caesar. Just what we need," said Turner.

Leading media critic L. Brent Bozell III, president of the Media Research Center, parent organization of CNSNews.com, responded by saying, "I don't think Al Gore would agree with Ted Turner that Al Gore would make the best president.

"Clearly, America believes Bush as having done a magnificent job. It's in keeping with the craziness of Ted Turner, that he is still campaigning for Al Gore," said Bozell.

The student newspaper, the Brown University Herald, also reported Turner as saying, "Since 1980, the three biggest problems facing the world have been the possibility of nuclear annihilation, the population explosion and the degradation of the environment. Nuclear war is the greatest threat to the world because of its possibility for instantaneous destruction."

He accused the United States of not following through on the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which binds it to "cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament."

"We lied," Turner said, declaring that the current administration does not have "any intention whatsoever" of doing away with the nuclear arsenal.

During the Cold War, he chose to make friends with Soviet leaders, and asserted in his speech that international cooperation is the only way to avoid mutual annihilation.

"We're either going to live together or we're going to die together," Turner said.

He said he focused on what he had in common with international leaders and on inventive solutions like the Goodwill Games, and criticized former President Ronald Reagan for calling the USSR the "evil empire."

Calling other countries "dirty names" is "a great plan if you want to start a war with somebody," Turner said. He emphasized the similarity of Reagan's remarks to President Bush's recent identification of North Korea, Iran and Iraq as "the axis of evil."

"Ted Turner is an expert in dirty name calling," Bozell said, because that's what he's done "all his adult life against people he didn't like."

In recent years, Turner has become famous for frequently belitting Christians, and once said that America has "some of the dumbest people in the world."

In a statement, the Turner Broadcasting System reacted by saying, "Mr. Turner's remarks at Brown University on February 11, 2002, represent his personal opinions and in no way reflect the beliefs of Turner Broadcasting System."

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