Jimmy Carter on Arafat

Back in October, Jimmy Carter accused Bush of a number of things including exploiting 9/11 for political purposes,

The basic reason is that our country suffered, in 9/11, a terrible and shocking attack … and George Bush has been adroit at exploiting that attack, and he has elevated himself, in the consciousness of many Americans, to a heroic commander in chief, fighting a global threat against America

For the terrorist Arafat, however, Carter has nothing but praise, calling Arafat “”a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate.”

Carter goes on to again criticize Bush for having isolated Arafat,

While he provided indispensable leadership to a revolutionary movement and was instrumental in forging a peace agreement with Israel in 1993, he was excluded from the negotiating role in more recent years.

Gag. Carter’s problem is that he was born on the wrong side of the Atlantic. He’d have made a great European statesman.

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