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Carter and Robinson: The Hamas Jihad’s Useful Idiots

August 6th, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Jimmy Carter and Mary Robinson have jointly penned a characteristically appalling op-ed in Foreign Policy magazine assigning primary blame to Israel for the war in the Middle East. The key to ending the violence, they contend, is for the United States and the European Union to recognize the Hamas terrorist organization as a legitimate “political force.”

According to the authors, the latest outbreak of fighting was triggered neither by Hamas’s murder of three Israeli teenagers nor its firing of thousands of missiles into Israel. Rather, they proceed from the premise that Israel is the culprit, for what Carter and Robinson deceitfully describe as:

[Its] deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in April. This was a major concession by Hamas, in opening Gaza to joint control under a technocratic government that did not include any Hamas members. The new government also pledged to adopt the three basic principles demanded by the Middle East Quartet comprised of the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia: nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements. Tragically, Israel rejected this opportunity for peace and has succeeded in preventing the new government’s deployment in Gaza.

This surely reflects Obama administration thinking, as well. Obama’s presidency has aptly been called the second (and now third) Carter term — a downward spiral from the shambles made of American foreign policy in the late seventies. Mrs. Robinson is the former president of Ireland and UN high commissioner for human rights, whose pro-terrorist sympathies and anti-Israel animus were ably chronicled several years back by Michael Rubin. (See “Mary Robinson, War Criminal?”) In 2001, she led the notorious Durban conference (the “World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Zenophobia and Related Intolerance”) that was so rabidly anti-Semitic the American delegation stormed out. Yet, eight years later under a new, hard-Left administration, there stood Robinson in the White House being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Of course, anyone who grasps the details of the “unity government” and Hamas’s strategy in agreeing to it quickly realizes it is the antithesis of “a promising move toward peace.” In fact, Hamas is simply applying the Hezbollah model to the Palestinian territories. In Lebanon, the Hezbollah terrorist organization — Iran’s forward jihadist militia and oft-time Hamas mentor — agreed to participate in a unity government while maintaining the independence of its jihadist military and intelligence apparatus. That is exactly what Hamas has done.

As this excellent analysis by Ehud Yaari of the Washington Institute relates, Hamas’s agreement to join its rival Fatah in a unity government does not relinquish control of either its 20,000-strong jihadist force, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, or its internal intelligence and security apparatus. These forces are already far stronger than the Palestinian Authority’s security forces under the control of Fatah (which Hamas routed and ejected from Gaza in 2007).

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I think you are being too kind by describing Carter and Robinson as "useful idiots". This implies that they have been duped.
They have not. Rather, they are evil people who know exactly what black and evil master they are serving.
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Or, perhaps more fittingly, Dhimmi Carter.
12 weeks ago
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James Earl Carter: A failure as president. A bumbling embarassment as ex-president. The State of Georgia offers profound apologies.
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Jihad Jimmy!
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Any chance we can go back to the time when Jimmuh Carter was on "What's My Line" and nobody knew who he was?
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Carter and Robinson are not useful idiots. They are useful collaborators.
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I think you are being too kind by describing Carter and Robinson as "useful idiots". This implies that they have been duped.
They have not. Rather, they are evil people who know exactly what black and evil master they are serving.
11 weeks ago
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Andy, when there's not prima facie evidence I look to follow the $$.

Who is getting greased here? Does Carter have a foundation? Robinson head up an NGO? It simply can't all be ideological with this brace of tools.

They are too far up the food chain for this to just be anti-Semitism.
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Jimmy Carter needs to do us all a favor and go crawl under a porch to die like any other sick dog. Then obummer can make a big lionizing speech and we never have to hear the Jew hating imbecile open his mouth again.
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Outstanding article, thanks Andrew.

It comes down to anti-semitism, there is no reason for either Carter or Robinson to be so blindly biased otherwise.
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Time to trot out my Jimmy Carter joke.

Once, there were two brothers, a smart brother, and a dumb brother. One of the brothers was a good student, graduated from the Naval Academy, became a nuclear engineer, went into politics and was elected as Governor of Georgia, and then became the President of the United States. The smart brother had a beer named after him.
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So Israel declined a reconciliation agreement in April and therefore
the present chaos is all Israel's fault.

I wonder how far along the construction of the tunnels was in April.
I guess Hamas was just building a subway system, thinking ahead to
reconciliation with Israel.
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Carter should take Genesis 12:3 to heart:
"I will bless those who bless you ( Israel ) and
Curse those who curse you."
Hey Jimmy, say hello to Satan when you see him
Hopefully soon!
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