So Jimmy Carter decided to meet with Khaled Meshaal, a leader of the terrorist group Hamas in Syria. So what's the big deal? Yes, Hamas hates the Jewish people, the Jewish state of Israel, and just about all things Jewish but so does Jimmy Carter. That's why it doesn't surprise me that Carter wants to make nice to the murders of innocent people. He just wants to hang with folks who share his point of view. It's not the first time with him, as you know.
When he was President he knowingly caused the downfall of the Shaw of Iran which gave birth to Radical Islam who, of course, hates America and all it stands for. Carter's abandonment of the shah in 1977-78 helped lead to the Islamic revolution (and the murder or imprisonment of many of the Iranian leftists who had supported overthrowing the shah) and the rise of radical Islam worldwide. It also gave the Soviet Union the confidence to invade Afghanistan.
His botched approach to the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979 inspired Islamic terrorists all over the world, culminating in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. And "Jimmy" is a known anti-Semite with close ties to the Palestinians. Time and time again he has sided with the terrorists against the Israelis, even likening Israel's policies to "a system of apartheid" as stated in his 2006 book.
And since he's left office, the guy has made a second career out of constantly going against official US foreign policy, usually siding with dictators and despots who are avowed enemies of America. Which gives Carter the double distinction of being not only the worst president of the United States, but the worst EX-president of the United States as well!
He defied US law by visiting Cuba, even addressing the Cuban public and handing Castro a huge propaganda victory. He oversaw the elections in Haiti, against the expressed wishes of the Clinton administration. A coup followed. Carter once described Yugoslav strongman Marshal Josef Tito as "a man who believes in human rights."
Regarding North Korea's dearly departed Kim Il-Sung, Carter found him "vigorous, intelligent, surprisingly well-informed about the technical issues, and in charge of the decisions about this country," adding "I don't see that [North Koreans] are an outlaw nation." He was similarly generous regarding Manuel Noriega, Romanian dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu and, of course, Yasser Arafat.
He said of Ceausescu and himself, "Our goals are the same: to have a just system of economics and politics . . . We believe in enhancing human rights." Virtually all of the humanitarian activities of the Carter Foundation abroad have been in direct opposition to US foreign policy.
When Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez was challenged in a recall election he was roundly defeated by the opposition with opinion polls showing that voters favored his recall by a margin of more than 2 to 1. When there were questions about possible vote tampering by the Chavez side, the opposition called for election monitors. Chavez agreed to let Jimmy Carter oversee the election, and the Carter Center headed for Caracas. Good ol' Jimmy went to Venezuela to 'monitor' that country's effort to recall President Hugo Chavez, and guess what?
Under Jimmy Carter's watchful eye, Hugo Chavez defeated the recall attempt by a wide margin reflecting almost a mirror-image of the opinion polls. Chavez had stolen the election and Jimmy Carter certified the results. Jimmy what a guy.
So now Jimmy travels to Syria to genuflect before Hamas. Sitting down and smoking the peace water pipe with people who kill Americans and have called for the complete destruction of the Jewish state of Israel. Our state department is not happy and has twice asked the Carter people not to do this. But Carter will do it anyway. Just another wonderful way to stick it to President Bush, eh Jimmy?
Hamas has launched 5,000 rockets from Gaza against southern Israel. Dozens of suicide bombers have been commissioned by Hamas and one of them in 2002 killed 30 people at a Passover dinner in March of 2002. There are 26 Americans who have been victims of Hamas. Hamas is a violent, dangerous, terrorist organization. And Meshaal himself in December of 2006 called on Muslims around the world to kill Americans. This is a man who, after 9/11, encouraged Hamas celebrations of the attack on our soil.
Was President Carter not aware of this? Of course he is. Carter knows this stuff. He just doesn't care. Like I said, Carter just enjoys hanging with guys who think exactly like he does. And that includes anti-Semites, terrorists, and America haters. And oh yes, I forgot to mention, while over there, he stopped and a laid a wreath at the grave of PLO leader, Yasser Arafat. Just paying his respects to a dead American-hating, Jew-hating bastard. The only difference between Carter and Arafat is that one is dead and the other isn't yet.
The late Democratic senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, summed it all up in a great quote when he said of Carter in 1980, "Unable to distinguish between our friends and our enemies, he has essentially adopted our enemies' view of the world." Man, Moynihan was right on the money! Jimmy Carter what a guy!