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.
I'm guessing that Arafat and Carter have the same level of admiration for the USA. Actually, I think I heard Arafat heap praise on the US once, so I guess I'm wrong about that.
Jimmeh Cahtah is rapidly becoming a worthless shred of human debris.
Thanks, Rush, for that apt description of soooo many people!
I have said on several occasions that Clinton was even worse than Carter. I think it is now a toss up.
Why any self-respecting person would ever accept this worthless gesture again is beyond me.
Carter is a JERK!
Well, he's sort of right. Just depends on what he means by the word "symbol". Like, for instance...
This is a the symbol I think of when I think of the terrorist Arafat.
Yes, Arafat is a powerful human symbol of evil.
Carter is a powerful human symbol of failure himself.
When finally Carter passes away and they bury him, the Earth will have diarrhea for a month.
I'm with you-----soon he'll be suggesting Michael Moore for the peace prize.
I think Carter has gone bonkers.
Former President Jimmy Carter is an idiot!
I know, all of you knew that. I just took a break from packaging up snacks to send to troops on the other side of the globe. Seeing Jimmy Carter's name in this context, wrapped up with that terrorist, on Veterans Day, while my heart is in all these packages I'm wrapping up warps my good feelin's. :-)
Here is the real story on the terrorist Arafat:
Kinda makes you wonder if they should change the name of this prize to something like Nobel worst prize.
Still a little jerk, after all these years!