“It is not very interesting to ask why bad people play good people for suckers. It’s more interesting to ask why good people so often allow themselves to be played.”
Ditto. Former US President Jimmy Carter happens to be one these well intended “goodists” that Stephens talks about in his article, that manage to create more problems than they hope to solve. These kind of useful stooges are eagerly played by the likes of Hamas and ilk, giving them the needed publicity they crave, while increasing the probability that their policy of intolerance and intransigence will be viewed as a major success.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Carter said he feels “quite at ease” about meeting Hamas militants over the objections of Washington because the Palestinian group is essential to a future peace with Israel.
Several State Department officials, including the secretary, Condoleezza Rice, criticized Carter’s plans to talk in Syria this week with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in the first public contact in two years between a prominent American figure and the group. Carter said he had not heard the objections directly, although a State Department spokesman said earlier that a senior official from the department had called the former president.
“President Carter is a private citizen. We respect his views,” Stephen Hadley, President Bush’s national security adviser, said Sunday on ABC.
“The position of the government is that Hamas is a terrorist organization and we don’t negotiate with terrorists. We think that’s a very important principle to maintain,” Hadley said. “The State Department made clear we think it’s not useful for people to be running to Hamas at this point and having meetings.”
“I feel quite at ease in doing this,” he said. “I think there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that, if Israel is ever going to find peace with justice concerning the relationship with their next-door neighbors, the Palestinians, that Hamas will have to be included in the process.”