Seemingly Demented Carter Defends Hamas
The 83-year-old former American President–who effectively launched the worldwide Islamist revolution nearly three decades ago by undermining Iran’s modernizing, pro-Western Shah in a cynical, failed attempt to curry favor with the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini–shocked many observers by issuing a passionate defense of the Palestinian Islamist terrorist group Hamas.
Carter accused the United States, Israel and the European Union of seeking to divide the Palestinian people by reopening aid to President Mahmoud Abbas’ new government in the West Bank while denying the same to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Carter also said the Bush administration’s refusal to accept Hamas’ 2006 election victory was “criminal.” He said monitors from his Carter Center observed the 2006 election that Hamas won, adding that he vote was “orderly and fai.”
Hamas triumphed, in part, Carter said, because it was “shrewd in selecting candidates,” whereas a divided, corrupt Fatah ran multiple candidates for single seats.
“The United States and Israel decided to punish all the people in Palestine and did everything they could to deter a compromise between Hamas and Fatah,” Carter said.
Carter said the US and others supplied the Fatah-controlled security forces in Gaza with vastly superior weaponry in hopes they would “conquer Hamas in Gaza” — but Hamas routed Fatah in the fighting last week because of its “superior skills and discipline.”