Carter Strikes Again
By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, April 09, 2008 4:20 PM PT
Leadership: Terrorism’s favorite and our worst ex-president plans on meeting with the terrorist group Hamas. This is like talking fire prevention with arsonists. But then, Jimmy Carter never met a terrorist he didn’t like.
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The Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that Carter, the man from Plains who gave the world the Ayatollah Khomeini, Hezbollah and a soon-to-be nuclear Iran, is planning a trip to Syria later this month. And his press secretary, Deanna Coniglio, did not deny Al-Hayat’s report that during the trip Carter would meet with Khalid Meshal, the exiled head of the Palestinian terror group Hamas.We would actually be surprised if Carter, acting like he’s lobbying for the secretary of state slot in an Obama administration, didn’t visit the head of the group that, having won an election in Gaza, turned the dream of a Palestinian state into just another opportunity to attack Israel.On taking power in Gaza, Hamas decided that rather than building a viable infrastructure with foreign assistance, feeding and educating its people, and picking up the trash, it would rather turn the territory into a launching pad for Kasam rockets targeted on Israeli civilians.The recent conflict between Israel and Hezbollah began when Meshal gave the order from Damascus, the Club Med for terrorist groups, to attack an Israeli patrol near Gaza, killing two Israeli soldiers and kidnapping another, Gilad Shalit. Hezbollah followed suit in the north with an apparently coordinated incursion into northern Israel.
The State Department has properly declared Hamas a “foreign terrorist organization,” and Syria was still a state sponsor of terror the last time we checked.
Hamas is under international sanctions because it will not give up its terrorist activities or accept the existence of Israel. Meshal, who lives in Syria to avoid arrest, or worse, at the hands of Israel, runs Hamas from Damascus as a guest of the brutal Assad regime.
Steve Emerson, director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism, says: “I’m not surprised Carter would do this, as he has been supporting Palestinian extremism for many years.”
Not just Palestinian extremism. Carter has made a career of supporting terrorists and creating or embracing the world’s habitats for inhumanity.
On taking office in 1977, he declared that advancing “human rights” was among his highest priorities. America’s ally, the Shah of Iran, was one of his first targets, with Carter chastising him for his human rights record and withdrawing America’s support. The mullahs soon took power.
In 1994, Carter jetted off to the last Stalinist regime on Earth to broker a deal whereby North Korea would promise to forego a nuclear weapons program in exchange for a basket of goodies that included oil, food and, amazingly, nuclear technology.
Along the way, Carter praised North Korea’s mass-murdering dictator as a “vigorous and intelligent man.” And of North Korea itself, Carter said: “I don’t see they are an outlaw nation.”
Just exactly where has the “peace process” and Yasser Arafat’s shaking of Jimmy Carter’s hand gotten us? The Nobel Peace Prize, with the possible exception of Al Gore’s, has never been given to a less deserving individual.
After the 2006 election returned them to congressional power, the Congressional Progressive Caucus invited 1972 cut-and-runner George McGovern to provide them advice and counsel. Now we see Jimmy Carter conducting the kind of “aggressive personal diplomacy” Barack Obama has promised.
If Obama wins the White House, will Khaled Meshal be invited to Camp David?