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Raquel's Commentary ^ | 8/31/06 | Raquel Lacomba Walker

Posted on 08/31/2006 10:16:35 PM PDT by Raquel

Former U.S. President James Carter (1977-1981) is hosting a meeting with former Iranian President Mohammed Khatemi (1997-2005) during a planned visit to the U.S. in early September. Khatemi, invited by a number of private groups, is traveling with a group of twelve including family members and staff.

One of the groups inviting Khatemi is the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, to give a speech on “Ethics of Tolerance in the Age of Violence.” Khatemi will also be participating at a U.N. conference on the dialogue of civilizations, as well as other activities in the U.S.

Sounds normal enough if Khatemi was not part of a regime that wants to secure nuclear weapons in Iran. If you think that development of nuclear energy in Iran does not include weapons, you are an idiot. Nor is Khatemi any defender of diversity or tolerance, terms frequently used by American liberals while embracing true violators of the very terms they espouse.

Iran, as many will admit, is a huge threat to America’s national security. Nuclear arms in the hands of an oppressive government literally keeps me up at night. Why on earth would a man like Khatemi be coddled like some famed philosopher, is beyond me.

It would be naive to think that Khatemi is a friend to human rights, America, Israel, or Iran for that matter. As journalists accuse Mel Gibson of being an anti-Semite, real Israel haters are visiting a University near you.

Khatemi openly asserts that Washington is a puppet of Israel and has called Israel a “criminal” and "zionist" nation. But that's o.k. because as long as you're not a Christian American filmaker you will not be butchered in the press, but rather treated like a political hero.

And it's not just that Khatemi spews hatred against the Jewish commuity, but also actively supports terrorism against them. Under Khatemi's rule, thirteen Jews in Iran were convicted for supposed treason in a trial that resulted in jail terms for innocent Jews. Ethical? Tolerant? Violent? No, no and yes!

Khatemi was President of Iran in the early morning of July 9, 1999 when government militants stormed the student dormitory at Tehran University and accosted, beat, and jailed (one confirmed death) hundreds of students, because the previous day they held a peaceful protest against a popular newspaper being banned. Yet, somehow Harvard authorities want Khatemi to talk about “tolerance”.

The Washington Post opines “Talks between Carter and Khatami, if they materialize, would be politically poignant.” As if that would ever happen in a million years. It is unreal that some people actually think for one second that Khatemi wants to change the diabolical way he operates. This is no doubt a propaganda trip. Losers like Khatemi perpetuate pity, then advance a criminal objective.

I feel like I’m in bizarro land when a former U.S. President thinks Khatami gives two-shits about American ideals of freedom. But then again Carter’s ideology is not so different. Friend of the world’s despots, Carter is an embarrassment to our Nation and our troops fighting so proudly and fiercefully in Iraq.

I suppose Khatemi is free to travel where he wants, but I would pay close attention to what his group does, and in answer to my original question…I hope you got the point.

References: The Washington Post “Carter Agrees to Hold Talks With Khatami” August 30, 2006; The New York Sun “ Khatemi at Harvard” August 31, 2006; Human Rights Watch http://hrw.org/english/docs/1999/07/13/iran959.htm; John Spencer for U.S. Senate "Letter to Hillary Clinton" http://www.joinspencer.com 8/31/06.


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KEYWORDS: carter; harvard; iran; khatemi

1 posted on 08/31/2006 10:16:36 PM PDT by Raquel
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To: Raquel

I still can't believe this visit was approved.


2 posted on 08/31/2006 10:17:51 PM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: headstamp
The state department isn't on board with the war on Islamic terrorism. I totally believe this visit was approved.
3 posted on 08/31/2006 10:18:41 PM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: Raquel

Carter could best serve his country at this point(I regret to say) by simply dying.


4 posted on 08/31/2006 10:20:01 PM PDT by kinoxi
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To: Raquel


They're letting a terrorist fly in here?


5 posted on 08/31/2006 10:21:31 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Raquel

All that peanut oil has gone to his brain. But I encourage the looniness of Carter. It demonstrates what the left is all about..


6 posted on 08/31/2006 10:22:50 PM PDT by cardinal4 (America, despite the usual suspects, stands firmly with Israel..)
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To: kinoxi

Do not regret saying that.


7 posted on 08/31/2006 10:24:12 PM PDT by Westlander (Unleash the Neutron Bomb)
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To: headstamp
" “Talks between Carter and Khatami, if they materialize, would be politically poignant.”

Further proof That Carter is a traitor.

His only goal is to gain some sort of legacy ,that is unmerited, at the expense of the rest of us.

8 posted on 08/31/2006 10:25:29 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: kinoxi
"Carter could best serve his country at this point(I regret to say) by simply dying."

I don't agree. He serves a better purpose by shooting his mouth off and further discrediting the left.

9 posted on 08/31/2006 10:32:01 PM PDT by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: headstamp

A visa was issued by the Bush administration.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/29/AR2006082901412.html


10 posted on 08/31/2006 10:32:33 PM PDT by Raquel (John Spencer for U.S. Senator)
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To: Raquel
Same thing thats wrong with this picture
11 posted on 08/31/2006 10:33:14 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: Tzimisce

See post 10.


12 posted on 08/31/2006 10:34:10 PM PDT by Raquel (John Spencer for U.S. Senator)
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To: cardinal4

"All that peanut oil has gone to his brain."

It's been a long time coming.


13 posted on 08/31/2006 10:35:31 PM PDT by Raquel (John Spencer for U.S. Senator)
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To: diverteach

Great pics! Can I copy them to my website?


14 posted on 08/31/2006 10:37:19 PM PDT by Raquel (John Spencer for U.S. Senator)
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To: Raquel

Go for it.


15 posted on 08/31/2006 10:38:41 PM PDT by diverteach
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To: Raquel
"Former U.S. President James Carter (1977-1981) is hosting a meeting with former Iranian President Mohammed Khatemi (1997-2005) during a planned visit to the U.S. in early September."

Carter probably plans on telling the Iranians what he knows about the upcoming U.S. invasion.

16 posted on 08/31/2006 10:38:51 PM PDT by TheCrusader
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To: TheCrusader

"Carter probably plans on telling the Iranians what he knows about the upcoming U.S. invasion."

Sad but true, or atleast lie about it.


17 posted on 08/31/2006 10:44:09 PM PDT by Raquel (John Spencer for U.S. Senator)
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To: Raquel
Khatemi was President of Iran in the early morning of July 9, 1999 when government militants stormed the student dormitory at Tehran University and accosted, beat, and jailed (one confirmed death) hundreds of students, because the previous day they held a peaceful protest against a popular newspaper being banned. Yet, somehow Harvard authorities want Khatemi to talk about “tolerance”.

Iranian Student Dissident Dies in Prison Following Hunger Strike - Monday, July 31, 2006

Germans Protest Iranian Leader Ahead of World Cup Debut TEHRAN, Iran — A student leader arrested in 1999 for his role in anti-government protests has died in prison, a human rights activist said Monday. Akbar Mohammadi died late Sunday "after a nine-day hunger strike," said Kohyar Goodarzi, a member of the Student Committee of Human Rights Reporters of Iran. Mohammadi took part in anti-government protests at Tehran University in July 1999 — the country's biggest domestic crisis since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

He went on a hunger strike to protest lack of proper medical care for his spinal cord injury, Goodarzi said. "His spinal cord was damaged in prison after he was arrested in 1999 and doctors suggested that he should seek treatment abroad," he said. "Last year he received a one-year medical leave but two months ago, during his leave, he was arrested without any explanation," said Goodarzi. "He suffered a heart attack as a result of his [hunger] strike."

Mohammadi was sentenced to death after his arrest in 1999 but later this sentence was reduced to 15 years in prison. Senior prison official Sohrab Soleimani said Mohammadi was receiving appropriate medical care in Tehran's notorious Evin prison. "He was drinking water and tea and was under doctors' supervision," the semiofficial Islamic Students News Agency quoted Soleimani as saying. Some 25 Iranian political activists and prisoners issued a statement blaming the government for Mohammadi's most recent arrest. "Those who returned him to the prison should be held responsible," read the statement, a copy of which was made available to The Associated Press.

18 posted on 08/31/2006 10:44:54 PM PDT by humint (...err the least and endure! --- VDH)
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To: humint
Thanks humint,

I didn't know that. I also read that at least 3 more were killed in 1999.
19 posted on 08/31/2006 10:53:58 PM PDT by Raquel (John Spencer for U.S. Senator)
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To: TheCrusader
Carter probably can't find his own way to the bathroom much less have any knowledge of an invasion. Of course the demos do have their spies in State and other agencies.

Just when you think you couldn't despise this pond scum any more......

20 posted on 08/31/2006 10:59:41 PM PDT by daybreakcoming
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To: kinoxi

I can only imagine the sendoff the media is going to give Carter. It will be disgusting. They will be calling him one of the Greatest US President at the very least. I imagine Castro and Chavez and all the rest will attend his funeral. It will probably end up like the Wellstone funeral with Cindy Sheehan bum rushing the stage to say Bush lied and Carter died.


21 posted on 08/31/2006 11:01:47 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins

A patriot stands looking over Carter's grave, drinking a beer, minding his Q's, and pee's.


22 posted on 08/31/2006 11:13:56 PM PDT by rock58seg (A minority of Republican RINO's are making a lot of Republicans look like fools.)
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To: Raquel

Ah, yes, we need Khatemi to explain tolerance to us!


23 posted on 08/31/2006 11:24:27 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (LET ME DIE ON MY FEET, IN MY SWAMP, BUAIDH NO BAS)
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To: headstamp

Maybe Khatami will take him hostage.

For 444 days.


24 posted on 09/01/2006 5:57:34 AM PDT by norge
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To: norge

We can only hope.


25 posted on 09/01/2006 11:03:17 AM PDT by Raquel (John Spencer for U.S. Senator)
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