Monday, April 14, 2008

"Carter Defends Plan To Meet Hamas Despite Israel Criticism"

Another example of how the U.S. likes democracy except in cases where people it doesn't like get elected.

"Media reports that Carter plans to hold talks with Meshaal in Damascus sparked furore in the United States. Carter’s office would neither confirm nor deny the reports, and the former president has remained vague about the details.

“I’ve not confirmed our itinerary yet for the Syrian visit, but it’s likely that I will be meeting with the Hamas leaders,” Carter said in the interview.

Israel on Sunday urged Carter not to meet Meshaal.

“Such a meeting would be all the more shameful as Jimmy Carter symbolises peace,” senior Israeli defence ministry official Amos Gilad told military radio.

He was referring to Carter’s role as the architect of the 1979 Egypt-Israeli peace treaty and the fact that he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002."

The fact is that Hamas was elected as the government of Palestine, pure and simple, and suggesting that because of the character of Hamas no talks are possible means that the Palestinian government is essentially rendered null and void in the opinion of Israel and the U.S. A person from Fatah may formally be at the head of the government, because of the actions of the U.S. and Israel, but Hamas is where the popular support lies.

The recent incursion in Gaza as well as the general cutting off of food, water, electricity to it are examples of the extreme nature of Israeli hypocrisy, at least in justifications. When Israel intervenes with extreme force in Palestine they claim it's not because of geopolitical concerns but because a single soldier or military vehicle was injured by Palestinian rocket fire. Think of the children, or of the puppies. It's sad that people die in the conflict, but it's being used as a lame excuse with the syrupy content of a Hallmark card. The real motivations can't be stated because they'd call into question the basis, the founding myth, of the Israeli state.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Here is a thought. Instead of all this speculation over Carter's motives...let's meet him with a delegation of US Marshals as he returns to Georgia and throw his ass in federal prison. Remember, this is the proven coward of the Iran hostage affair who is now undermining US foreign policy. Respect is earned, not titled.