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Carter: Hamas is willing to accept Israel as its neighbor

April 21, 2008

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writer

JERUSALEM – Former President Carter said Monday that Hamas — the Islamic militant group that has called for the destruction of Israel — is prepared to accept the right of the Jewish state to “live as a neighbor next door in peace.”

But Carter warned that there would not be peace if Israel and the U.S. continue to shut out Hamas and its main backer, Syria.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a speech during ... 
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a speech during a meeting held by the Israeli Council of Foreign Relations in Jerusalem, Monday, April 21, 2008. Carter said Monday that Hamas is prepared to accept the right of Israel to ‘live as a neighbor next door in peace.’(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

The Democratic former president relayed the message in a speech in Jerusalem after meeting last week with top Hamas leaders in Syria. It capped a nine-day visit to the Mideast aimed at breaking the deadlock between Israel and Hamas militants who rule the Gaza Strip.

“They (Hamas) said that they would accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, if approved by Palestinians and that they would accept the right of Israel to live as a neighbor next door in peace,” Carter said.

The borders he referred to were the frontiers that existed before Israel captured large swaths of Arab lands in the 1967 Mideast war — including the West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza.

In the past, Hamas officials have said they would establish a “peace in stages” if Israel were to withdraw to the borders it held before 1967. But it has been evasive about how it sees the final borders of a Palestinian state and has not abandoned its official call for Israel’s destruction.

Israel, which evacuated Gaza in 2005, has accepted the idea of a Palestinian state there and in much of the West Bank. But it has resisted Palestinian demands that it return to its 1967 frontiers.

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Citizen Carter’s ego trip

April 20, 2008

By Oliver North
The Washington Times
April 20, 2008

Your strength can compensate for my weakness, and your wisdom can help to minimize my mistakes.

Jimmy Carter, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1977

More than 31 years after he uttered those words, America is still trying to compensate for and minimize Mr. Carter’s mistakes and weaknesses — the greatest of which appears to be hubris. This week, our much-traveled 39th president ventured as a “private citizen” to the Middle East on a self-described mission “exploring possibilities for peace.”
Regrettably, what citizen Mr. Carter has succeeded in doing is to encourage our nation’s adversaries, lend credibility to terrorists who have killed our countrymen and disparaged a beleaguered ally.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, right, is greeted by Jordanian ... 
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, right, is greeted by Jordanian foreign Ministry secretary general Khaldoun Talhoni, left, at Queen Alia International airport in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, April 20, 2008. On his Middle East tour Carter has met exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in the Syrian capital despite strong opposition from Israel and the White House. (AP Photo/Jamal Nasrallah. Pool)

Mr. Carter’s current sojourn in personal diplomacy is just his most recent foreign foray in post-presidential folly since being voted out of office in Ronald Reagan’s 1980 landslide. During his global quest for relevance, he rarely missed an opportunity to denigrate our country’s interests, helping him to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002. But this week’s expedition to Jerusalem, the West Bank, Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia may prove to be the most damaging excursion yet.
Despite his claims, Mr. Carter is no “neutral observer.” In June 1994 the former president went to Pyongyang to broker a failed nuclear disarmament deal with North Korean despot Kim Il-jung. In 2002, he deigned to dignify the brutal, bearded butcher of Havana — Fidel Castro. While in the “island paradise” he disparaged America’s commitment to human rights and praised Cuba’s education and health-care systems.
In 2006, he and his self-appointed “impartial arbiters” declared “legitimate” the Palestinian elections that brought Hamas to power in Gaza. Later that same year in his book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” — he declared “Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land.”

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Democrats: Road Map to Defeat

April 19, 2008

By Bob Herbert
The New York Times
April 19, 2008

The Democrats are doing everything they can to blow this presidential election. This is a skill that comes naturally to the party. There is no such thing as a can’t-miss year for the Democrats. They are truly gifted at finding ways to lose.

Jimmy Carter managed to win the White House in 1976 by looking pious and riding a wave of anti-Watergate revulsion. After four hapless years, he dutifully handed the keys back to the G.O.P.
Bill Clinton tried hard to lose, with sex scandals and whatnot, during the 1992 campaign. But Ross Perot wouldn’t let him. Mr. Clinton won with a piddling 43 percent of the vote. For eight years, Mr. Clinton tried to throw the presidency away (with sex scandals and whatnot), but he was never able to succeed.

That’s been it for the party for the past 40 years. The Democrats have become so psychologically battered by these many decades in the leadership wilderness that they consider the Clinton years, during which the president was impeached and they lost control of both houses of Congress, to have been a period of triumph.

Now comes 2008, a can’t-lose year if there ever was one…

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Carter meets Hamas chief over Israeli, US objections

April 18, 2008

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press Writer

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.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, meets with Syrian ...
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, left, meets with Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, at the Presidential palace in Damascus, Syria, on Friday, April 18, 2008. Carter met Friday with Syrian President Bashar Assad and later with the exiled leader of Hamas, a day after he had asked senior officials from the militant Palestinian group he met in Egypt to stop rocket attacks into Israel. No media was allowed at the Hamas meeting. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

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.

Mashaal’s deputy Moussa Abu Marzouk attended the meeting with Carter at Mashaal’s Damascus office, a Hamas official at the site told The Associated Press. Abu Marzouk was designated a terrorist by the U.S. Treasury Department in 1995, allowing the government to seize his assets. He was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York that same year and spent two years in a New York jail before he was deported in 1997.

Carter’s convoy arrived at Mashaal’s office for the meeting under tight security and reporters were prevented from getting near the site. The meeting was closed to all media.

The U.S. State Department twice advised Carter against meeting Hamas….

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Obama Camp ‘Flattered’ by Hamas Compliment as Jimmy Carter Visits

April 18, 2008

By Aaron Klein

Barack Obama’s campaign said yesterday it is “flattered” that Hamas’ endorsement of the Illinois senator compared him to John F. Kennedy, though it objects to any diplomatic contact with the terrorist group.“I like John Kennedy too,” said chief Obama strategist David Axelrod.

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Jimmy Carter Calls on Hamas

(CBS/AP) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter met a Hamas delegation from Gaza Thursday, part of a series of talks with the Islamic militant group that has drawn sharp criticism from U.S. and Israeli officials.

Carter spoke with Hamas officials in the West Bank Wednesday and angered Israelis when he embraced one of them. He plans to meet the group’s exiled political chief, Khaled Mashaal, in Damascus, Syria on Friday.

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China: Countdown To Space Ambitions, Moon Landing

October 24, 2007

By Hu Yinan
China Daily
October 24, 2007

China’s space ambitions are at least six centuries old.

It all began when Wan Hu, an official of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), became the earliest documented pioneer of rocket flight in both China and the world.

One day in the early 16th century, in an ambitious attempt to fly to outer space, he bundled himself into a chair attached to 47 rockets while holding a large kite in each hand.

The final result was fatal. Wan died in an explosion of rockets.

It would take another 600 years until manned spaceflight became a reality for China.

A crater on the moon has been named after Wan, and today’s expected launch of China’s first lunar probe will herald in a new era for the country’s space ambitions to achieve a successful moon landing by 2012.

The initiative was announced in 2004, after China’s moon quest had been marred by decades of setbacks in its research and development (R&D).

China’s modern space ambitions originated from a report proposed by world-recognized scientist Qian Xuesen, or Tsien Hsue-Shen, eight months after his 1955 return to the mainland after spending two decades in the US.

A young visitor walks past a part of the Chinese space rocket displayed at Science and Technology Exhibition Center in Shanghai, China, on Wednesday October 24, 2007.

His report led to the establishment of a national research institute on rockets and missiles in 1956. Two years later, the State leadership under Chairman Mao allocated a then-massive 200 million yuan to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for the R&D of a homegrown satellite.

But three years of natural disasters (1958-61) and the “cultural revolution” (1966-76) that followed delayed the program. China launched a Soviet R-2 missile in 1960 and began work on Shuguang-1, a human spaceflight program in 1966. However, it was not until April 24, 1970 that China successfully launched its first satellite, the Dongfanghong-1 (DFH-1).

In 1971, 19 astronauts were selected for Shuguang-1, a two-man capsule to be launched before the end of 1973. Yet the project was eventually discontinued due to budget constraints. Mao gave the final say: “Pause manned spaceflight for a while. Take care of terrestrial affairs first; let space come later.”

That “while” proved to be a long and troublesome one, recalled Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of the lunar probe project, whose research began with 0.5 grams of a lunar sample in 1978.

Until then, Ouyang said lunar research in China had concentrated on studies of publicly available material from foreign explorations. And during his China visit in 1978, Zbigniew Brzezinski, then US President Jimmy Carter’s national security assistant, presented then Chinese chairman Hua Guofeng with 1 gram of lunar samples. Hua immediately forwarded the sample to research departments, which in turn gave it to Ouyang in the remote southwestern province of Guizhou.

There, about 100 other scientists gathered to investigate the sample, half of which was used for research. Then in March 1986, a letter from four senior scientists to the central government helped initiate the 863 National High-Technology R&D Program, a countermeasure to the “Star Wars” initiative of the US and EUREKA of Europe, among others.

Under the project, China reconvened feasibility studies of its homebred manned spaceflight program in the same year. Experts, however, did not reach an agreement on whether the country should proceed with a manned space program. The debate was so intense that it lasted another five years.

According to Ouyang, the origins of the Chang’e project date back to around 1992, when some scholars proposed to shoot an iron-made symbol onto the moon as a permanent Chinese print on the planet and in celebration of Hong Kong’s handover in 1997.

Then Premier Li Peng vetoed it on the grounds that the project was entirely driven by political motives, costly, and had little scientific research value, Ouyang said.

The groundwork of a genuinely viable Chang’e program began in 1994. Between then and Premier Wen Jiabao’s approval of the plan in January 2004, an entire decade was spent researching and lobbying.

The science community contributed significantly to this process, including an 863 proposal on the development of lunar probe technologies in 1997, the evaluation of lunar rover R&D plans in 1998, and a well-received seminar on lunar probe technologies organized by Tsinghua University two years later.

Official endorsement of the lunar exploration project was first illustrated with the publication of a State Council White Paper on China’s space activities in November 2000.

In the next year, a report headed by Ouyang on the scientific objectives of unmanned lunar probe, the first phase of China’s moon exploration project, was approved by the CAS. A final feasibility study was then initiated between 2001 and 2002.

“China started from scratch, and after three years of efforts has developed Chang’e I lunar orbiter and all its attendant projects,” Luan Enjie, chief commander of the program, said in an earlier interview. “The speed at which it has caught up with the necessary technology is impressive by anyone’s standards.”

Asia’s space race heats up as China heads for moon

Torture? Well Intentioned Hearts Hurting the Nation?

October 11, 2007

Let me get this straight: the House Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday labeled Turkey a country that fosters “genocide” for acts of barbarism committed around 1915 by the failing Ottoman Empire which has nothing to do with Turkey today.  Isn’t this like convening a Nazi war crimes trial in Berlin today and putting the leadership of Germany on the stand?

Despite the fact that the President of the United States warned the House committee that their vote may harm relations with one of the key (and one of the ONLY predominately Islamic) U.S. allies in the war against terror, the committee voted to label Turkey a nation that supports genocide.

Now Ankara has withdrawn its ambassador from Washington.

Proud now, Mister Lantos?

Rep. Tom Lantos, the Chairman of the committee and several others are good and honorable men; and they have been under intense pressure from their Armenian-American constituents, most of whom reside in California, Nancy Pelosi’s home state.

Have we lost sight of the “big picture” to gain local state votes?

Is Mr. Lantos just seeking Armenian-American votes or does he really care about our men and women fighting a war; and the support that sustains them via Turkey?

I have a few problems with the committee’s actions.

First, both sides engaged in horrendous acts of lawlessness as the Ottoman Empire dissolved and World War I transpired. The facts are that evil was rampant on both sides and it is difficult to tell which side was worse. Second, the label of “genocide” now, almost 100 years later, gains us what? A good feeling? And third, everyone knew this labeling would offend Turkey; an ally we can ill afford to lose.  Seventy percent of U.S. supplies going to the war zone go through Turkey. Finally, this act has the potential to harmfully impact U.S. troops engaged in the field.

Even though we usually stand with human rights advocates foursquare, we deplore this committee action.

Which brings us to former President Jimmy Carter.

Proclaiming to the world that the U.S. has committed torture gains what?

The former president has just supported a position fostered by Osama bin Laden and others among the people who want to destroy America. Even if Mister Carter’s well intentioned accusations are accurate; it would have been better to hold fire until after the smoke of war cleared. Mister Carter, instead, while hawking his book on radio and TV shows, has sided with the terrorists and the enemy.

Ann Coulter has been accused of making bombastic statements while selling her latest book.  Now, knowingly or unknowingly, it doesn’t matter, you can add Jimmy Carter to Ann’s club.  And didn’t President Carter draw a lot of heat when his last book laid out a very problematic account of the Middle East?

President Carter is an honorable man; but he himself admits he was broke when he left the White House so he wrote a book.

Sometimes good intentions and a big heart can stand in the way of the nation’s objectives.

If we cannot stand together a little better on the big issues, we cannot beat Al Qaeda. Or anyone else.

–Submitted to Peace and Freedom by a concerned citizen.

Jimmy Carter: Human Rights Godsend Will Criticize Even His Own USA

Torture Policy Undermines U.S. Interests

Jimmy Carter: Human Rights Godsend Will Criticize Even His Own USA

October 11, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
October 11, 2007

Yesterday, in interviews on CNN and the BBC, former President of the United States Jimmy Carter said the U.S. tortures prisoners. He said President Bush has made up his own definition for torture that include head slapping and water boarding. And he unleashed a broadside against Vice President Cheney.

It is hard to fault a former president, any former president, especially one with the sterling record of good works like Habitat for Humanity and the Carter Foundation.

Yet former President of the United States Jimmy Carter has made many controversial remarks and is clearly unafraid of attacking his own country’s policies on the world stage – acts considered taboo for almost two centuries. There once was an unwritten rule that American leaders should discuss their differences at home and then stand united when traveling overseas or facing world opinion.

No longer.

President Carter also said on National Public Radio that he had no problem dealing with the maker of genocide in Darfur, Sudan’s President Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir. When the NPR moderator asked President Carter if Bashir might be “using him,” Mr. Carter said he would be used if that helped alleviate the suffering of the people of Darfur.

Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir
Omar al-Bashir

We don’t always agree with the 83 year old former president, but no man stands taller in human rights than Jimmy Carter.

And don’t overlook the fact that President Carter is making many of these interviews happen because he is selling his book just now.

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Jimmy Carter says US Tortures; then rips Cheney

Peace and Freedom thought: For me, a big chunk of me agrees with Dennis Miller who says Gitmo is like Vegas.  What happens in Gitmo: stays in Gitmo.  We are in a war…..

Jimmy Carter says US Tortures; then rips Cheney

October 11, 2007

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. tortures prisoners in violation of international law, former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday, adding that President Bush makes up his own definition of torture.

“Our country for the first time in my life time has abandoned the basic principle of human rights,” Carter said on CNN. “We’ve said that the Geneva Conventions do not apply to those people in Abu Ghraib prison and Guantanamo, and we’ve said we can torture prisoners and deprive them of an accusation of a crime.”

Torture? Well Intentioned Hearts Hurting the Nation?

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