April 23, 2008 - "You don't make peace with your friends, but with your enemies." How often have we heard this slogan lately? If repeating a cliché often enough could make problems disappear, we would already have peace in the
Unfortunately, reality has an annoying way of spoiling the pristine simplicity of even the best-crafted aphorism.
This may seem an uncharitable way to describe a Nobel laureate's mission for peace, but let's examine its implications.
Impatient with the lack of progress in the peace process, Jimmy Carter decided to do something about it - in defiance of the stated policy of the United States Government, which classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization.
So Carter went to the
Meshaal is a clear thinker, and a shrewd one as well. Here is what Carter got from Meshaal: "Hamas accepts the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with
So Hamas can build its new state on the model of Hezbollah, fortifying batteries of rockets ready to use against
We have heard this kind of language before. In an interview on Egyptian TV in 1998, during the
In addition, Meshaal insists on an unrestricted right of return of Palestinian refugees into
So in essence, what Carter extracted from Meshaal was nothing more than a pack of deceptive, empty words.
To those who may still not believe that this is what Meshaal really meant, a Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said that even if
So don't believe me. Believe the leaders of Hamas, and take seriously what they say.
It is clear that Carter got no real concessions for peace from Hamas. What he did get was to make Hamas look legitimate.
Hamas is implacably opposed to
Carter is effectively undoing the efforts of the
By strengthening the most intransigent faction in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Carter is doing tremendous damage to the cause of peace. But Jimmy Carter, ex-President, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, feels he knows better than all the people here and in
But hey, we make peace with our enemies, don't we?
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