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Monday, March 20, 2006

The Blatherings Of Jimmy

Jimmy Carter almost wrote a column providing his solution to the Israel/Palestine situation without using the word "terrorism," but he let the word slip in:
It will be a tragedy if [Hamas] promotes or condones terrorism.
"If?" Hamas was elected for two reasons: It was perceived to be less corrupt than Fatah, and it was perceived to be more terroristic than Fatah. Does Carter think Hamas will give up terror now?

Writing in the Guardian (natch!) Carter lays out his blueprint for peace: Israel pulls back to its 1947 borders, tears down all barriers and barricades, removes all settlers and prepares to live in peace, not just with Palestine but with the entire Arab world:
There is little doubt that accommodation with Palestinians can bring full Arab recognition of Israel and its right to live in peace. Any rejectionist policies of Hamas or any terrorist group will be overcome by an Arab commitment to restrain further violence and to promote the wellbeing of the Palestinian people.
I've got just a little doubt, Jimmy. Since when has the Arab world been committed to less violence between Israel and Palestine? Since when has the Arab world been committed to the well-being of the Palestinian people? And since when has the Arab world been committed to anything other than the destruction of Israel?

America must remain strongly committed to Israel, as the only operational democracy in the Middle East -- but as long as Israel exists, Arab hatred of Israel will exist. And as long as Carter exists, there will be poorly thought-out, appeasement-ridden columns by an ex-president who has become a major embarrassment to America.

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