Friday, April 25, 2008

Our worst ex-President

Bernard-Henri Levy deconstructs the trip former President Jimmy Carter took to the Middle East last week to embrace terrorists and their sponsors. Levy says the problem is not the fact of the trip itself (I disagree -- the trip alone is wrong), but Carter's behavior during his tour.

The problem is the spectacular and useless embrace he exchanged with the senior Hamas dignitary, Nasser Shaer, in Ramallah.

The problem is the wreath he laid piously at the grave of Yasser Arafat, who, as Mr. Carter knows better than anyone else, was a real obstacle to peace.

It is that in Cairo, if we are to believe another Hamas leader, Mahmoud Zahar, whose statement has so far not been denied, Mr. Carter apparently described Hamas as a "national liberation movement" – this party which has made a cult of death, a mythology of blood and race, and an anti-Semitism along the lines of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion into the linchpin of its ideology.

The problem is also the formidable nose thumbing he got from Hamas's exiled leader, Khaled Mashaal, who, at the very moment he was receiving Mr. Carter, also triggered the first car bombing in several months in Keren Shalom on the Gaza strip – and that this event elicited from poor Mr. Carter, all tangled up in his small-time mediator calculations, not one disapproving or empathetic word.

All true.

It's disgraceful the degree to which Carter has devoted his life to undermining the policies and interests of the country that rightfully removed him from office after four years of a failed presidency.

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