Daily Wisdom

June 20, 2007

Carter's Logic Faulty

At a conference of Irish human rights officials, former US President Jimmy Carter said on Tuesday that the US, Israel and the European Union must end their policy of favoring the Palestinian Fatah movement over rival Hamas. He said that by doing so, their actions are "criminal". He further went on to say that the 2006 election in which Hamas won 42 percent of the popular vote and a majority of parliamentary seats was "orderly and fair". He also said that, "The United States and Israel decided to punish all the people in Palestine (emphasis added) and did everything they could to deter a compromise between Hamas and Fatah." According to Carter, "All efforts of the international community should be to reconcile the two".

First off, let me say that if there are any "criminals" among the above-mentioned groups, it would have to be Hamas. Hamas is on the US State Department's List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. You can learn more about their terrorist activities HERE. Hamas does not accept Israel's right to exist, and seeks instead its demise.

Secondly, let me say that Carter's assertion that the US, Israel and the European Union sought to "punish all the people in Palestine" is simply ludicrous. I need not elaborate.

Admittedly, Hamas won the elections (although it may be argued whether or not there was any vote tampering). But even assuming that the will of the Palestinian people was to put a bunch of terrorists in charge, this fact in no way requires the US, Israel or the European Union to recognize them. Doing so would be to confer legitimacy upon a terrorist organization. It would be no different than if Al-Qaeda had won the elections.

In response to the 2006 elections, the US and the European Union stopped all financial support of the Palestinians other than humanitarian aid through the auspices of the United Nations, and rightly so. Giving donations of cash to one's enemies seems hardly justifiable.

Instead, the way to deal with criminals is to put them in prison; to isolate them from society; to make them pay for their crimes. It is no different with terrorist organizations or rogue nations than it is with individual criminals who threaten, harrass and assault their neighbors. They must be isolated. Their finances must be cut off. They must be embargoed. They must be prevented from continuing their crime spree. And that is exactly what the US, Israel and the European Union has sought to do... to their credit.

For Carter to suggest that Hamas should be reconciled to Fatah is like suggesting that Al-Qaeda should be reconciled with "infidels". It will never happen, because Hamas is an Islamist religious organization with ties to Hizballah, Syria and Iran. Fatah on the other hand, is a secular organization that has shown its willingness to negotiate with Israel and establish a peaceful Palestinian state.

Hamas is not interested in a Palestinian state that enjoys peaceful coexistence with Israel. It wants Israel's destruction. When Israel pulled out of Gaza, Hamas was given an opportunity to govern in Gaza... and it failed miserably. Rather than show the world it could manage things in Gaza as a prelude to a Palestinian state, it chose instead to use Gaza as a platform to launch a new series of attacks against Israel. Rather than offer the world a reason to develop confidence in them, it chose instead to cement its terrorist reputation.

For Carter to suggest that we should negotiate with terrorists is naive at best. (Perhaps he would be willing to be US Ambassador to Al-Qaeda... or Iran?) His view of the US, Israel and Europe as "criminal" is like looking at the world through a mirror... where the image is completely reversed from the "real" world. His implication that we should recognize any elected government as legitimate, regardless of past crimes or historical context can only be described as a failure of logic.


At 6/20/2007 7:33 PM , Anonymous Barb said...

You have to wonder where Carter's head has been all these years?
Has there ever been peace in the Middle East?

At 6/20/2007 7:41 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Not as long as I can remember. In fact, I wrote a paper for one of my classes in high school (circa 1968-69) talking about how the problems in the Middle East had been ongoing for decades. Must see if I can dig that up... Hmmm, let me see now, where did that get off to?

(:D) Best regards...

At 6/20/2007 7:41 PM , Anonymous R.A.M. said...

I agree Hawkeye, ALTHOUGH we are NEVER going to get the libs to see how rediculous they look/are, so I* am going to stop trying.

A while back a comedian somewhere I was watching said, "If your wife walks in on you and catches you having sex with another woman, DENY IT!

People laughed, but in essence, this is what MOST liberals and some conservatives do ALL THE TIME!

On another subject, Hillary's spoof of the Soprano's final episode, where they want a campaign song wasn't realistic for me. They should have picked the song, "Liar"!

I forget the artists but a clip is at http://www.midicenter.com/midi/view.php?id=8056

At 6/20/2007 7:48 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

You got that right.

Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

(:D) Best regards...

At 6/21/2007 1:28 AM , Anonymous camojack said...

Jimmy Carter needs to disappear from the public eye.

At 6/21/2007 7:37 AM , Blogger The trotting Possum said...

If there was ever an application of "Kill 'em all and let God sort them out", it is in effect for Hamas and Hezbol'lah.

Jimmy C., my homeboy, is a scary dude. The words "Shut the f--k up!" come immediately to mind.

At 6/21/2007 11:17 AM , Anonymous Ms RightWing's Ink said...

Sometimes it is sad when an elderly person passes on to the place that is waiting for them--some times it is not.

'Nuff said.

At 6/21/2007 9:02 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Yeah, Mrs. Hawkeye says that too... but not only about Carter. Others that come to mind are Pat Robertson, Robert Byrd, Dan Rather... you know, the "over-the-hill" gang.

(:D) Best regards...

At 6/21/2007 9:20 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Regarding Hamas & Hezbollah... I'm with ya brother.

Regarding 'Jimmah'... my deepest sympathies.

BTW, today is my brother's birthday. He lives in Stockbridge, GA (southeast of Atlanta). He's lived in GA now (I don't know)... 25-26 years? Works for Delta Airlines in Engine Maintenance.

His only fault is that he's not a Southerner... (mine too, for that matter). But you will be happy to learn that my daughter is officially a "cracker". She was born in Polk County, Florida. We lived there for a few years before moving to "Downtown, NJ" (God help us).

(:D) Best regards...

At 6/21/2007 9:24 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Ms RW,
BWAHAHAHAHA!! Thank you for brightening up my otherwise dreary day...

(:D) Bestest Regards...


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