MARCH 31, 2011
The only American president to publicly support Middle Eastern terrorism has completed a schmooze fest with a communist dictator in a country that appears on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist-sponsoring nations.It marks the latest “humanitarian” mission for Jimmy Carter, who just a few years ago became the only American commander-in-chief to participate in a hug fest with the head of the world’s leading Middle Eastern terrorist group. During that highly-publicized Syrian jaunt, Carter met with Hamas Leader Khaled Meshal who runs his violent operation from Damascus to avoid being arrested by the Israeli government.The sophisticated and well-funded Palestinian extremist group has for years appeared on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations and for a former president, or any western leader of Carter’s stature, to meet with its boss is inconceivable. Carter has long supported Palestinian extremism and justifies its violence as a reaction to Israeli apartheid. He even wrote a book (“Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”) about it in 2007.This week the one-time Georgia peanut farmer made the rounds in Cuba, where he hung out with communist Dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul. Carter is the only sitting or former American president to visit the Caribbean island, also deemed a sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. government, since Castro took power in 1959. Carter also visited Cuba in 2002.The plan behind this week’s little excursion was to discuss ways to “improve U.S.-Cuba relations,” according to a press release posted on the Carter Center’s website. The center made sure to clarify that the trip is a “private, nongovernmental mission” and not any sort of official effort on the part of the Obama Administration. It will be interesting to see if Carter meets with Obama to chat about the Cuban escapade since both men want to lift decades-old sanctions against the country and develop a tighter relationship with the Castro brothers.Not surprisingly, Carter took the opportunity to do some America-bashing during his stay on the island. He called on the U.S. government to take Cuba off the list of countries that sponsor terrorism, criticized America’s trade embargo against the oppressive communist dictatorship and insisted five convicted Cuban government spies be freed from federal prison. The men, known as the Cuban Five, were found guilty by a federal jury and have lost several appeals despite being represented by topnotch lawyers that most working Americans could never afford. Never the less, Carter called for the prompt return “to their homes in Cuba.”What can you expect from a guy who commends Middle Eastern terrorists and callsIsrael the “tiny vortex around which swirl the winds of hatred, intolerance and bloodshed?” Israeli subjugation and persecution has driven hopeless Palestinians to honor suicide bombers as martyrs and consider the killing of Israelis as victories, according to Carter.
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