Former US president Jimmy Carter on Sunday described Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip as "one of the greatest human rights crimes now existing on Earth."Israel provides fuel to Gaza even as the Gazans mount attacks on the facilities and workers providing the fuel. It can't stomach taking rigorous enough action to stop Hamas from making good on its threat to make Sderot into a "ghost town," and it is tolerating an Iran-funded arms-buildup in Gaza while Iran announces almost daily that Israel is about to be destroyed. One has to wonder what other great "human rights crimes" "exist" on the Jimmy Carter Earth. Keeping Carlos the Jackal in prison?
In a speech at a literary festival in Hay-on-Wye, in Wales, the 83-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner said: "There is no reason to treat these people this way," referring to the blockade, in place since the Islamist Hamas movement seized Gaza in June 2007 . . .Despite Carter's Nobel prize--that must be constantly born in mind.
Earlier this month, Carter held two meetings in Damascus with exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal. Both the United States and the European Union regard Hamas as a terrorist group, despite its victory in the 2006 elections, and refuse to talk to the radical movement.
Since then, both Palestinian and Israeli officials have tried to downplay the importance of the meetings.
Carter also said the United States had to begin holding direct talks with Iran over the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear programme, which the West believes is aimed at developing a nuclear bomb, despite Tehran's denials.If only we could explain the benefits of their nuclear program to them.
"We need to talk to Iran now, and continue our discussions with Iran, to let Iran know the benefits, and the detrimental side, of continuing with their nuclear programme," he said.
Crossposted on Soccer Dad