So what's his latest screw-up?
Against the State Department's recommendation , James Earle Carter, Jr. is apparently headed to Syria to meet with none other than Khaled Meshaal, the exiled leader of Hamas (Islamic Resistance Movement). What on earth he thinks he can accomplish chatting with the leader of a designated terrorist organization, is beyond me. Peace? You can't negotiate peace with a group whose charter contains the following statements:
"Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors."
Article Seven: ....Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).
Article Eleven: The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf . ... This is the status [of the land] in Islamic Shari’a, and it is similar to all lands conquered by Islam by force, and made thereby Waqf lands upon their conquest, for all generations of Muslims until the Day of Resurrection.
Article Twelve: Hamas regards Nationalism (Wataniyya) as part and parcel of the religious faith. Nothing is loftier or deeper in Nationalism than waging Jihad against the enemy and confronting him when he sets foot on the land of the Muslims. And this becomes an individual duty binding on every Muslim man and woman.
Article Thirteen: [Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad.
There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. The initiatives, proposals and international Conferences are but a waste of time, and exercise in futility.
What I find most objectionable is that, as a former president, Carter is entitled to Secret Service protection, which means he and his wife will be accompanied, on this upcoming trip, by at least 5 agents. And at whose expense? The U.S. taxpayer! If he chooses to ignore the administration's exhortation not to meet with Meshaal, then he should be liable for the cost. We should not have to suffer for his stupidity and lack of insight.
Stay home Mr. Carter, and save us (and yourself) more embarrassment!