Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Jimmy Carter - coddling terrorists

Ever ready to blame the United States and to coddle terrorists, Jimmy Carter now has figured out that it is our fault that Hamas and Fatah are killing each other in Gaza.
The refusal by the U.S., Israel and the EU to support Hamas, an armed terror group that just launched a coup d'etat and civil war in full view of the world, was nothing but a "criminal" act at the root of the trouble there, Carter asserted.

"The United States and Israel decided to punish all the people in Palestine and did everything they could to deter a compromise between Hamas and Fatah," he said.
As Investors Business Daily writes, this is a totally insane way to regard what has been happening.
When one party has started a civil war, democracy isn't exactly the issue anymore. Just being elected does not justify making warfare on your fellow citizens. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice repeatedly points out that those who are elected democratically have an obligation to govern democratically or they aren't democrats. Hamas has blown its right to democracy.

Carter also misstated and distorted technical aspects of democratic rule in the Palestinian Authority itself, further calling into question his intentions. Hamas' 42% plurality in the last parliamentary election gave the terror group a right to participate in government, but not absolute power.

Carter neglected to notice that President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestine's head of state, not only had a full democratic right to appoint Hamas members to his Cabinet, but he also had the right to dismiss them as he did Thursday. Carter's selective respect for the power-sharing aspect of Palestine's democracy stands out as significantly skewed toward Hamas.

Crazier still, Carter insisted Hamas was entitled to American aid because Fatah had been getting it. But he left out some details: Hamas is a terrorist organization that had broken six previous cease-fires, and its campaign platform vowed to destroy Israel. Hamas would gladly take Western cash to make good on that campaign promise to voters.
In Carter-world, the United States should be providing aid to Hamas despite their clear history of backing terrorist attacks on Israelis and now other Palestinians. And the violence that we have been seeing in Gaza is proof of how deserving they are of such aid rather than proof of their terrorist tendencies. As ever, he's ready to appease a group who threatens violence and to find them a worthy recipient of American taxpayer money.

On another note concerning Jimmy Carter's lack of class, I saw this anecdote in a review of the Reagan diaries. Apparently, during Jimmy Carter's unlamented presidency, Congress had voted posthumous Congressional Medals of Honor to Robert F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. But Carter, graceless as ever, had never invited either the Kennedy or the Humphrey families to the White House for a ceremony to award the honors. It was left to Reagan to make sure that the Medals of Honor were given to the families. I wonder what was the reason why Jimmy Carter was so graceless as to not deliver those awards and to deny the families that bit of ceremony.