Rosie “Terrorists are mothers and fathers” O’Donnell railed against the United States on The View today, implying that our country sponsors terrorism. Rosie also said that she doesn’t believe in the “trick” that there are “terrorists” who are out there “to get us.” With the air quotes.

Conservative co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck stepped to challenge the Queen of Nice Conspiracies. Earlier this week, she laughed at Rosie’s crackpot 9/11 conspiracy theories and today Elisabeth cross-examined the rotund oracle with a simple question: Do you believe in terrorism? RO’s answer neither surprises nor disappoints. Whatever the question, the answer is always “America is the real villain.”

Transcript:

ROSIE: Because you think that they’re [terrorists] innately evil people? So they just grow up and decide for no reason to kill themselves?

ELISABETH: Islamic terrorists? Extremists? Who blow their own children up?

ROSIE: I don’t like to use the word “terrorists” —

ELISABETH: I will use it time and time again because those are the people that flew planes into our buildings and killed our people. Terrorists. Those are people who were in Fort Dix, New Jersey who were plotting to kill our soldiers in cold blood. Those are terrorists. What do you want to call them, Sweet peas? …. What’s a murderer? A nice guy is a murderer?

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ROSIE: 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?

ELISABETH: Who are the terrorists?

ROSIE: 655 Iraqis — I’m saying look — we invaded

ELISABETH: Who are you calling terrorists then?

ROSIE: I’m saying that if you were in Iraq and another country, the United States, the richest country in the world invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?

ELISABETH: Are we killing their citizens or are there people also killing their citizens?

ROSIE: We invaded a sovereign nation and occupying a country against the UN.

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ROSIE: The vast majority of Americans no longer are falling for the trick of the bad “terrorists” who are out there “to get us.”

ELISABETH: I’m not a fool and I’m not an American who is falling for a trick that people are terrorists. I don’t believe everyone in a foreign nation is a terrorist — there are people who believe if you use that word you’re a fool, you’re brainwashed (mainly Rosie), you’re not informed. I believe that there are certain people who are terrorists ….

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ROSIE: But then it gives the leaders the authority to do whatever they want whenever they want because this invisible, hard to find force field of terror.

ELISABETH: Do you not believe in terrorism?

ROSIE: I believe, Elisabeth, that 6,000 dead Americans from 9/11 and this war is a lot less than 655,000 dead Iraqis.

ELISABETH: But, do you believe in terrorism?

ROSIE: I believe that every human life is equal.

ELISABETH: DO YOU BELIEVE IN TERRORISM?

ROSIE: I believe in state sponsored terrorism. I believe there is government sponsored terrorism in every nation in the world, including ours.

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Update: Bertha’s named her champions for the faceoff with Elisabeth over 9/11. Next Thursday, high noon (well, 11 a.m.) Appearing for the Truthers: Dylan Avery and Korey Rowe … better known as the director and producer of “Loose Change.”