In addition to placing a wreath on Yasser Arafat's grave in Ramallah; in Palestine, yesterday, there were hugs and kisses for Hamas', ex-deputy prime minister Naser Shaer. What next? Is he planning on gathering all the extremists in the world to hold hands and sing Kumbaya?
I'm still trying to figure out what he expects to accomplish meeting with members of a terrorist organization that still has clerics-cum-members of parliament claiming that:
"Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our prophet Muhammad."
Yes, indeedy, a sermon by Yunis al-Astal (a Hamas politician and cleric) which aired on Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV this past Friday, shared the following predictions with the Palestinian people:
"today Rome is the capital of the Catholics, or the Crusader capital which has declared its hostility towards Islam and has planted the brothers of apes and pigs in Palestine in order to prevent the reawakening of Islam. This capital of theirs will be an advanced post for the Islamic conquests, which will spread though Europe in its entirety, and then will turn to the two Americas, even Eastern Europe.""Allah has chosen you for Himself and for His religion so that you will serve as the engine pulling this nation to the phase of succession, security and consolidation of power, and even to conquests through da'wa and military conquests of the capitals of the entire world."
" I believe that out children or our grandchildren will inherit our Jihad and our sacrifices and Allah willing, the commanders of the conquest will come from among them.
"Today we instill these good tidings in their souls and by means of the mosques and the Koran books, and the history of our Prophet and his companions, and the great leaders, we prepare them for the mission of saving humanity from the hellfire on the brink of which they stand."
Do these really sound like people willing to entertain the notion of peace? And is Jimmy Carter so clueless or deluded to think that he, alone, can change the mindset of a whole segment of the world population intent on restablishing the glory of their past?
Go home, Jimmy!