For the most part, Jimmy Carter is the first President I have a real memory of while I was growing up. I was in third grade during the 1976 Presidential Election and remember watching his January `77 Inauguration on television in my classroom, a fairly big deal for a third grader back then.
By the time he left office, though, I was in sixth grade, 52 Americans had been held hostage for 444 days, and it was fairly clear that the man was a failure.
Little did I know he would sink this low:
DAMASCUS, Syria — Former President Carter met Friday with the exiled leader of Hamas and the militant group’s deputy chief, men the U.S. government has labeled as global terrorists and Israel accuses of masterminding suicide bombings and kidnappings.
Carter’s meeting with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal followed two other meetings between the former American president and the Palestinian militant group in the Middle East this week. Hamas officials say the meetings have lent their group legitimacy.
Carter, who brokered the 1978 Israeli-Egyptian peace and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, has defended what he calls his personal peace mission, saying Hamas must be engaged in order to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Isn’t this the same guy who was telling us 15 years ago that the Palestine Liberation Organization must be “engaged” in order to achieve peace ?
Well, we, and Israel, tried that, and the Palestinian people responded by rallying around a political party made up of terrorists and murderers.
And people died because of it.
What makes the Plains Peanut Farmer think that appeasing terrorists once again is going to turn out any different ?