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To no one's great shock, Jimmy Carter decided to wax eloquent about the world's premier terrorist at his passing. Carter continues his unbroken streak of poor judgment in his remarks on Yasser Arafat, his fellow Nobel laureate who incidentally murdered a whole lot of people, Americans included:
Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat "a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate" who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland. "Yasser Arafat's death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," Carter said.
"He was the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland," he said in a statement distributed by his Atlanta, Georgia-based Carter Center.
To hold up Arafat as a "powerful human symbol" after all of the death and destruction he has wrought on innocents around the globe sickens me. By Carter's reckoning, Pol Pot should be recognized as an advocate for change and Stalin would be remembered as an ardent patriot and powerful beacon of hope for the Russian people. It demonstrates a breathtaking and willful ignorance of the evil that Arafat inflicted throughout his entire life, directing the murders of women and children while he fleeced the very people he claimed to lead by stealing their money.
Carter's spokesman informed the press that the former President would not be attending Arafat's funeral. One presumes he is too overwhelmed with grief to show his face. He should be ashamed to appear anywhere after that statement of support for the pioneer of modern terrorism.Sphere It View blog reactions
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