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Carter continues to legitimize terrorists
BP ^ | Jun 26, 2007 | Gregory Tomlin

Posted on 06/27/2007 9:47:00 AM PDT by presidio9

The United States and European Union should recognize the terrorist organization Hamas as a legitimate component of the Palestinian government, former President Jimmy Carter said at a human rights conference in Dublin, Ireland, June 19.

Hamas, he said, had won free and fair elections in 2006, making the United States' refusal to aid the Palestinian faction and recognize its right to govern a "criminal" act.

Carter said he believes both Western governments and Israel are favoring the rival Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which now only governs the West Bank. Fatah also governed the Gaza Strip until Hamas fighters violently overthrew the party there earlier in June. Hamas, which executed members of the rival party in the street after its victory, had prevailed over the Fatah-controlled security forces in Gaza because of its fighters' "superior skill and discipline," Carter said.

The split in power in the Palestinian Authority prompted Abbas to dissolve the Palestinian government, an emergency power provided for in the government's constitution.

In remarks at Mansfield College in Oxford, England, Carter said Israel will never find peace with the Palestinians as long as the country is occupying its "neighbor's land," or the territories captured in successive wars with surrounding Arab countries. It was in those territories –- particularly in Gaza -– that Hamas organized in 1973. Since 1993 when the first Hamas suicide bombing took place in Israel, more than 350 Hamas attacks have claimed 500 lives, according to statistics from the Council on Foreign Relations.

Carter said the United States and Israel have decided "to punish all Palestinians for making this political choice, to cut off humanitarian assistance to the beleaguered and imprisoned people, and withhold about $60 million per month of revenues belonging to the Palestinians. Almost all the European nations acquiesced with this persecution and abuse."

Baptist Press made repeated attempts to contact Carter for this story. Deanna Congelio, spokeswoman for the former president, said Carter was unavailable for further comment.

Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said Carter's criticism of U.S. policy toward Hamas is illogical since the United States had taken steps in the war on terror to defund terrorist groups.

"If the United States has laws against aiding terrorists, then I think the 'criminal' act would be sending Hamas money and recognizing it as a legitimate political organization," Land said.

"This kind of nonsensical comment," Land added, "makes me grateful once again that Carter was only a one-term president. And he was the least effective president of the 20th century."

Hamas' charter dedicates the organization to the destruction of Israel; the organization has refused to renounce violence and recognize Israel as the Fatah party has. As a result, the Bush administration and the European Union imposed economic sanctions on Palestine after the elections which swept Hamas into power in 2006. The U.S. government also seized the assets of the Holy Land Foundation, the largest Muslim charity in America, which the government accused of funneling money to Hamas and other terrorist groups.

Virtually all of the Palestinian Authority's annual budget or $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion is supplied by the U.S. and the European Union, but the Palestinian Authority also receives as much as $20 million annually from Iran. The government is now bankrupt and deeply in debt, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jim Tonkowich, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, a conservative public policy advocacy group founded during the Reagan administration, said it is unfortunate that Carter "wants to say good things about Hamas at the same time journalists and other observers in the Middle East are increasingly frustrated with the group. Arab television channels showed Hamas killing Palestinians in the street. Patients were killed in their hospital beds and peace demonstrators were killed.

"So they won an election. I realize that the first person to mention Adolf Hitler in an argument usually loses the argument," Tonkowich continued, "but I'd remind the former president that Hitler came to power with popular support, just like Hamas. Knowing what we know, I don't think we would support him," Tonkowich said, adding that the Palestinians are dealing with the consequences of choosing a terrorist organization at the polls.

Both Land and Tonkowich said Carter had broken presidential etiquette by speaking out against the actions of the Bush administration, especially with his claim of criminality. Carter also claimed that the United States is attempting to divide the Palestinians into two people, with one faction controlled by Hamas in Gaza and the other controlled by Fatah in the West Bank.

"I question the wisdom of that," Tonkowich said. "He's speaking for one person, but he seems to be speaking for more. He's one of the few figures on the religious left that the media is paying attention to."

Land and Tonkowich also said that the problem of conflict in Israel and Palestine should be approached with an even hand, with neither side receiving a "blank check." But for Carter's part, Land said he doesn't feel the former president can be impartial in the peace process.

"Some have been given to wonder why the former president has such a tilt toward the Arabs in this discussion," Land said. At least one publication, Investors Business Daily, has suggested that Carter cannot be impartial because of the large financial contributions Arab leaders have made to the Carter Center.

Carter's most recent book, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," stirred controversy when he claimed that terrorist groups should cease their programs of violence only after Israel rejoins the peace process. On page 213 of the book, he wrote, "It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombing and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel."

Carter later said that some sections of the book were poorly worded, but that in principle his argument against Israel remained the same -– Israel is the oppressor nation and the Palestinians the oppressed people within their own land. Several members of the Carter Center's executive board, many of them Jewish, resigned soon after the book's publication, claiming that the former president had lost credibility as a private peace negotiator.

Carter said in Oxford June 21 that he had spent a great deal of his life "trying to bring peace to Israel and its neighbors, based on justice and righteousness for the Palestinians."


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: jimmuh; nut; peanut

1 posted on 06/27/2007 9:47:01 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Billy would have made a better Prez...


2 posted on 06/27/2007 9:50:20 AM PDT by xDGx
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To: presidio9

This is perfectly in character for Carter. He destroyed the Shah and brought in terrorists to run Iran himself.


3 posted on 06/27/2007 9:51:02 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: presidio9

Such a sick, twisted, SOB. A classic example of the depth of sickness in the perverted liberal, anti-American mind.


4 posted on 06/27/2007 9:51:35 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: presidio9

Isn’t this guy old enough to be dead yet?


5 posted on 06/27/2007 9:52:32 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: presidio9

Hamas Bestest Fwiend

6 posted on 06/27/2007 9:52:51 AM PDT by BigFinn (You donít have to be smarter than a fifth grader to oppose this bill.)
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To: presidio9
Carter, you jack ass.

Hitler was brought to power by a goivernment that was voted into power by the people as well...should we have continued to recognize him just because the German people were so deluded?

Same holds here. Those who elect the likes of Hamas to power are deluded and we need to continue the fight against their abject tyranny and terrorism.

7 posted on 06/27/2007 9:55:15 AM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: presidio9

“Hamas, he said, had won free and fair elections in 2006, making the United States’ refusal to aid the Palestinian faction and recognize its right to govern a “criminal” act.”
And I suppose we should have supported Hitler in all his glory too... I mean... he did win a “free and fair election”... Castro too!


8 posted on 06/27/2007 9:55:33 AM PDT by cjohnson1
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To: presidio9
This is a very telling quote from The Great One:

Carter said in Oxford June 21 that he had spent a great deal of his life "trying to bring peace to Israel and its neighbors, based on justice and righteousness for the Palestinians."

I didn't see anything in there about justice for Jews...or righteousness for Israel. Personally, I tend to get suspicious when I hear politicians toss words like "righteousness" around like manhole covers. Especially politicians with as feeble a grasp on current events as Carter.

9 posted on 06/27/2007 9:55:58 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Did Dennis Kucinich always look like that or did he have to submit to a series of shots? [firehat])
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To: presidio9

Evil, satanic, demon-possessed Mr Rogers.


10 posted on 06/27/2007 9:56:43 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: presidio9

Why do we even pay attention to this demented man’s ramblings? He was a lousy President and he continues to be an even worse ex-President.

At the very least, Nixon, toward the end of his life, somewhat redeemed himself by being available for consultation on foreign affairs. Carter on the other hand continues to be an embarrassment.


11 posted on 06/27/2007 9:58:40 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: presidio9

I wonder how Carter thinks the civil war in Gaza is caused by Israel.

That being said, it’s almost hard to disagree with Carter here, since Fatah is nearly as evil as Hamas. The US has made Fatah=good and Hamas = bad. When in reality both are bad. (though Carter sees both as good.)

The Bush administration has sought instant democracies who lack any other foundations. He thinks that voting will turn people from being murderous thugs into entrepeneurs.


12 posted on 06/27/2007 9:58:59 AM PDT by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: xDGx

“Billy would have made a better Prez...”

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Sad, but true.


13 posted on 06/27/2007 9:59:15 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: presidio9

My mother would be ashamed of me if I said what I actually think about Jimmy. I will say that he is a terrific jacka$$.


14 posted on 06/27/2007 9:59:38 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: presidio9
Carter continues to legitimize terrorists

It's the Stockholme Syndrome. He was held hostage by Iranian nutjobs for so long he now thinks Islamists are great people. Someone should perform an intervention on Mr. Irrelevant.

15 posted on 06/27/2007 9:59:44 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus (Islam is the poisonous soil that bears evil fruit.)
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To: presidio9
Carter continues to legitimize terrorists

And Bush continues to leave the borders open for terrorists to sneak in.

16 posted on 06/27/2007 10:00:03 AM PDT by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: presidio9

Is he going to feel the same way when the La Raza voting block attempts to take over the American Southwest? Will he recognize their control as legitimate on the basis of elections? As old as Jimmy is, this could still happen within his lifetime.


17 posted on 06/27/2007 10:00:09 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: presidio9

Shut up, Jimmah! You’ve done enough damage to our country. You’re suffering from Alzheimer’s. Retire from the limelight.


18 posted on 06/27/2007 10:00:11 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Clara Lou

Alas!I’ve offended jackasses (our animal friends) everywhere.


19 posted on 06/27/2007 10:00:48 AM PDT by Clara Lou (Fred Thompson, '08-- imwithfred.com)
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To: rockinqsranch
Isn’t this guy old enough to be dead yet?

He's already dead but nobody has the heart to tell him.
20 posted on 06/27/2007 10:00:59 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's like people who hate corn bread and hate anchovies, but love cornchovie bread.)
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To: presidio9
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket So Jimmy Carter thinks folks who cut off heads are a legitimate gov't???
21 posted on 06/27/2007 10:05:44 AM PDT by rbosque ("To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." - Teddy Roosevelt)
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To: presidio9

Bought and paid for.

22 posted on 06/27/2007 10:09:28 AM PDT by COUNTrecount
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To: presidio9

Jimmy, seen here in this file photo attacking terroist of the 'Lepis' sect back home in Plains.....

23 posted on 06/27/2007 10:09:39 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: presidio9

Has he ever read a Bible?

How can he side with Israel’s enemies?

He rebuilt his reputation after leaving office and now he destroys it with his anti-Israel positions.


24 posted on 06/27/2007 11:01:19 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008; mark my words.)
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To: presidio9

It’s clear that “the worst president in American history” seeks policies that would result in the utter and total destruction of Israel, just as he sought and implemented policies that led to the destruction of our former ally, Iran.


25 posted on 06/27/2007 11:07:02 AM PDT by GodGunsGuts
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To: presidio9
Think about this: how many Presidents are commonly known by nickname-type first names?

Bill Clinton (William)
Jimmy Carter (James)

Now some other 20th century Presidents (as they are called)
Franklin D. Roosevelt (not Frank)
John F. Kennedy (not Jack)
Richard Nixon (not Dick)
Gerald Ford (not Gerry)
Ronald Reagan (not Ronnie)
George Bush and son (not Georgie)
Lyndon Johnson (not Lyndy)
Harry Truman (his real name was not Harold)
Dwight D. Eisenhower (his nickname was Ike, and it came from his childhood)

So there it is....the two worst Presidents since the Great Depression, Jimmy and Bill.

26 posted on 06/27/2007 11:14:45 AM PDT by fredhead (Teach a man to fish.......and he'll fish for a lifetime.)
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To: presidio9

You know, presidio, this really isn’t news unless you’ve been in a coma since the Seventies.


27 posted on 06/27/2007 11:15:35 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudi & McVain: tough on terror, scared of Iowa)
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