Skip to comments.Former US President Jimmy Carter calls Arafat a "powerful human symbol"
Posted on 11/11/2004 8:56:09 AM PST by Saeder
Jimmy Strikes Again
MIAMI (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) "a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate" who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland.
"Yasser Arafat's death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," Carter said.
"He was the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland," he said in a statement distributed by his Atlanta, Georgia-based Carter Center.
He said that while Arafat provided "indispensable leadership to a revolutionary movement" and played a key role in forging a peace agreement with Israel in 1993, he was excluded from negotiations in recent years.
"My hope is that an emerging Palestinian leadership can benefit from Arafat's experiences, be welcomed to the peace process by (Israeli) Prime Minister (Ariel) Sharon and (US) President (George W.) Bush, and be successful in helping to forge a Palestinian state living in harmony with their Israeli neighbors," Carter said.
Both Carter and Arafat are Nobel peace prize laureates.
Arafat, who died at a Paris hospital early Thursday, was to be buried at his West Bank headquarters after a military funeral ceremony in Cairo Friday.
Carter "will not be attending the funeral," said Jon Moor, a Carter Center spokesman.
Where is the Barf alert?
The worst president in American history. Get out of our faces Jimmy.
I agree, Arafat was a powerful symbol of sloth, evil, corruption and unhygenic lifestyles...
Yasser Arafat is a terrorist.
Bin Laden is a piker compared to this POS.
Oh yeah. Arafat sent a powerfull messege when he spoke to the UN general assembly with a loaded pistol lying on the podium in front of him.
And the founder of the modern Islamic terrorist technique.
Jimmy Carter continues to be a national disgrace.
Could this guy just please GO AWAY.
What Jimmuh meant was that he wished Arafart used a more powerful human-smelling deodorant, rather than "Eau de Goat Butt".
Yea, and you're a TOOL.
"With all due respect Mr. Carter, just shut your yap."
Jimmuh is an "insignificant human waste".
eureka! calls Jimmah Carter a "weak, intellectually bankrupt, shameless, pandering, dishonest failure of a president"....
Jimmy Carter is the gift that keeps on giving to the Republicans. Thank you Jimmy. Keep up the good work!
A powerful symbol of what?
Anyway, the President has already issued a statement on behalf of the U.S. Why is Carter issuing one?
And certainly a johnny-come-lately.
My hope is that once and for all Jimmy Carter shuts his mouth, he is an embarassment.
This bastard Carter just grows worse with time!