Former American and one time President Jimmy Carter is now a spokesman for Hamas.
In Ireland this week he blasted the US, Israel and the European Union for, in his own words, splitting the Palestinian people by backing Fatah in the power struggle between the two groups.
It seems balmy that a man who once held the Presidential office could be so off tack as to seriously criticise a concerted effort by the West to support the lesser of two evils, i.e. the only one that supports the notion of a compromise between the principal local protagonists which could achieve a peaceful solution to ongoing bloodshed.
Instead, Carter chooses to place Hamas on a level of legitimacy that it truly does not deserve.
Not content with playing their part in a democratically elected coalition Palestinian Government, Iranian funded Hamas evidently prefer a different technique, in which opposition politicians are gunned down and thrown from tall buildings.
Best be careful Jimmy, in case LibDem leader Ming Campbell takes a leaf out of their book after the next UK election.
Hamas are the guys who shoot rockets from residential areas, hide in hospitals and spill blood as if human life was irrelevant.
Nice call Jimmy. What's in it for you?
It is difficult to understand the attraction that British MP George Galloway had for the late Saddam Hussein. Although, in hindsight, Hussein did a pretty good job of curtailing Iran's expansionism, why would anyone rational support a man known to be a beastly dictator who would think nothing more of killing a man than stepping on an insect?
Accusations that Galloway was in Hussein's pocket have never been proven, otherwise they would present a neat and rational motive.
It is my own reflection on politics that most participants are in it for themselves rather than the betterment of society. The vast costs of US elections depend on generous financial contributions and I think it would be naive to believe there is no quid pro quo.
Carter was close to Yasser Arafat for whom he was widely seen as an apologist and who has been accused of pilfering vast amounts of Palestinian aid.
The former President was in Ireland earning the "Order of the Brown Nose" for heaping praise on the Government, which had just handed $1.2 million to his "Carter Center".
I am not saying that Jimmy Carter is now in Iran's pocket beacause I have no idea. I can only say that in my opinion, in politics at least, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
21 June 2007