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Old 02-14-2008, 07:44 AM   #1
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Bono, Condoleezza Rice among those to honor Rep. Lantos

Bono, Condoleezza Rice among those to honor Rep. Lantos

Thursday, February 14, 2008

(02-14) 05:18 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) --

Tom Lantos of California, the only Holocaust survivor in Congress before his death from cancer this week, is being honored by a long list of luminaries at the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.

Tributes are to be delivered Thursday morning by Bono, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the secretary-general of the United Nations, the foreign minister of Israel and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel — among others.

Lantos, a San Francisco-area Democrat and native of Hungary who as a teenager twice escaped Nazi labor camps, was serving his 14th term. He died at age 80 Monday morning, little more than a month after disclosing he'd been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus.

Lantos chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee and advocated for human rights worldwide.

a little late for this but maybe they will show it again:
Lantos ceremony Thursday will be streamed on Web
From staff reports

A ceremony to commemorate the life of the late U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos will be streamed live at 7 a.m. local time Thursday at

The ceremony at Statuary Hall in Washington D.C. is scheduled to include speeches by Lantos' wife Annette as well as other family members, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the rock star Bono among others.

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I didn't know he died. He was behind the criticism for the Turkish genocide on Armenians, right?

I think it was a terrible tragedy, but it seemed hypocritical for Democrats to urge this moral condemnation while allowing Israel a free hand to continue a brutal occupation that has surely killed more Palestinians since 1948 than did Turks inexcusably in the '20s. Both were wrong and both should be condemned. The only politician to show real backbone on the Israeli 2006 massacre, while Dems were showing blind support for Israel, was GOP Senator and hero throughout this Iraq war, Chuck Hagel. He's left Congress.

Still, Lantos' background could excuse some of his bias. It's sad that the Dems have failed so badly on the more relevant issues of our time, though.

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He's sponsored/co-sponsored several debt relief and AIDS funding packages in the past I believe which would explain why Bono was in attendance.
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