Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Carter and Hamas

There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Georgia these days over the latest actions of one of our native sons. President Jimmy Carter recently visited Hamas, the enigma which is the simultaneously a terrorist organization and the ruling party in the Palestinian Authority.

So why would Carter visit this group? To lavish them with hugs and kisses? To continue to prove to the world that he hates Israel?

Not really.

In his talks with Hamas leaders, Carter sought to persuade the group to declare a unilateral, 30-day cease fire in Gaza as a good-will gesture. But Hamas was having none of it. Early Monday, Carter said, he called Mashaal one last time to try and convince the Hamas leader to accept the idea. “I told them, ‘don’t wait for reciprocation,’” Carter later told reporters. “Just do it unilaterally. This will bring a lot of credit to you around the world, doing a humane thing.
Of course Hamas turned him down. So naturally Carter, named by Georgia blogger Erick Erickson as "history's greatest monster", flashed his famous grin and patted the misbehaving killers on the head.

Not really.
They turned me down. I think they’re wrong. I did the best I could on that. I don’t understand their rocket decision.
Another part of Carter's Hamas trip you may not hear from the Pharisees intent on dragging his heretical ass to the Sanhedrin was his attempt to attain the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

In this he was also unable to sway Hamas.

There will be those who dwell on these failures, but it is doubtful in their crowing on the lesser accomplished they will whisper their apparent wisdom on how to accomplish the greater good.


Jeb Koogler said...

Thanks for the link-up!

SavRed said...

I believe another point of view that seems to be prevalent is that Carter is a useful idiot for Hamas.

Yep. Yep.

Nikki said...

savred, what is that suppposed to mean? or do you just like repeating nonsense? Carter is at least doing something. I am pretty sure he did not win the Nobel Prize by taking his ball home and sulking, which seems to be the sum-total of the current administration's foreign policy.

SavRed said...


How is doing "something" better than not doing something--particularly in the case of a group who has vowed Israel's destruction?

Carter winning the Nobel Peace Prize was a startling example of anti-Bush and anti-US foolishness on the part of the Nobel committee making the prize about as prestigious as a getting a free DQ Blizzard with your chili dog.