Tidbit: Jimmy Carter on Hamas

Jimmy Carter:

"The problem is not that I met with Hamas in Syria," he said.

"The problem is that Israel and the United States refuse to meet with someone who must be involved."

That about says it all.

Read more here
Crossposted at Open Left for those interested in American politics.

Someday, we will talk similarly about Kashmir (he says, wistfully). Tell us more in the comments if you're interested.

Update: Israeli UN Ambassador provides some confirmation that Carter had a good idea by saying the following:

...Carter was a "bigot" for meeting with Hamas.
...that he "went to the region with soiled hands and came back with bloody hands after shaking the hand of Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas."
...that Carter meeting with Hamas was "a very sad episode in American history."
..."Syria and Iran, together with Hamas and Hezbollah, are the main axes of terror and evil in the world"

Central question of the day: how do people/politics like this accumulate any power? Read more about the entire episode of moronicism in this article!

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Comments

Doesn't quite say it all: But

Doesn't quite say it all:

But Hamas did not respond to Carter's requests that it halt rocket fire on Israeli border towns and agree to talk to Eli Yishak, the Israeli deputy prime minister, about a prisoner exchange.

Good effort by Carter. What strikes me as a little...cynical, to put it mildly about the Open Left posting, is the poll that is underneath asking readers to vote for who they think is "most to blame" for the continued failure of negotiations in Israel. Undermines the entire point and credibility of the post, of valuing a willingness to negotiate in the first place.

What strikes me as a

What strikes me as a little…cynical, to put it mildly about the Open Left posting, is the poll that is underneath asking readers to vote for who they think is “most to blame” for the continued failure of negotiations in Israel. Undermines the entire point and credibility of the post, of valuing a willingness to negotiate in the first place.

I don't believe in pretending that there aren't points of view. The whole point is that you have to believe that people can have vastly diverging points of view AND believe in negotiation (which Carter can grasp and these other buffoons can't). Otherwise, everyone would always find common ground easily.

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