Despite the fact that PA leaders continue to back Israel's destruction, and that Hamas' political leader, Khaled Meshaal, said at Tehran University, after their election victory, "Resistance will continue as long as the occupation and aggression continues. There is no recognition of Israel, no matter what the cost is," Carter told CNN's Situation Room that Hamas is a 'disciplined' group, and that Israel and the United States 'should be positive about the changes that will come.' (Expose the Left has the video here).
Captain's Quarters points out that advocating the U.S. and Israel re-institute funding of the PA government, as Carter is doing, is the same as asking Israel to fund their enemy... that wants to kill them. And might I add, asking America to fund the enemy that wants to kill their long-time friend.
Besides, does anyone really think our funding them will keep Hamas from working with others such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who publicly called for Israel to be wiped off the map, and told Khaled Mashaal during his recent visit to the anti-Israel, anti-American country, not to worry about money, that "If you work for God, he will provide for you." In other words, stick with our plan against Israel and we'll fund you?
This isn't the first time that Carter has suggested such insanity in the name of diplomacy. Ankle Biting Pundits points out similar recommendations of his, such as:
- In 1991, he wrote a letter to the UN asking them to stop President Bush 41 from removing Saddam from Kuwait.He also warned Americans against an "irrational fear of communism."
- He stymied the attempt of President Clinton to stop North Korea from getting nuclear weapons, saying of Kim Jong Il: "I found him to be vigorous, intelligent, surprisingly well-informed about the technical issues and in charge of the decisions about this country."
- Vouched for Fidel Castro's statement that Cuba did not have the capability to produce biological weapons.
- Backed Hugo Chavez's claim that the Venezuelan elections were fair in the face of numerous reports to the contrary by respected election monitors and polling companies.
Though Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she will ask Arab allies in her upcoming trip to put pressure on the new Hamas-led government to 'abandon terrorism and accept Israel,' will they agree, and if they do, will they be successful?
Look, it's one thing to be willing to work with a repentant government, and an entirely different thing to treat one that is still bent on your destruction as if they were nice guys. Hamas has shown no such signs.
So, WHAT IS THE DEAL?! This blindness is the same kind that existed when Hitler was rising to power, and though he was defeated, Israel and the world has lived with the consequences of that blindness to this day. It's way past time for eyes to be opened.
Sharon Hughes - Sharon is the President of The Center for Changing Worldviews, and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is heard
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