Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Another Tidbit From Someone Who Believes In Peace

Or at least says he does. I missed this one the other day, but came across it over at Airborne Combat Engineer. The New York Post quotes former president Carter as saying,

"It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel." (Emphasis added by New York Post.)

Let's think about this statement for a second. The Roadmap for Peace was premised on a few ideas. First, Israel was to accept the formation of a Palestinian state. As a condition for this, the Palestinian Authority was to end certain practices. Which ones? The acts of terrorism and violence.

In fact, it states in the Roadmap for Peace 's agreement, that
At the outset of Phase I:
  • Palestinian leadership issues unequivocal statement reiterating Israel’s right to exist in peace and security and calling for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire to end armed activity and all acts of violence against Israelis anywhere. All official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.
Since 2003, when the Roadmap for Peace was announced, the Palestinian Authority has yet to follow through on its commitment to end violence. In fact, the government of the Palestinian Authority, now made up primarily of officials of the terrorist group Hamas, have made it clear that they are fundamentally opposed to any peace negotiations with Israel. In fact, article thirteen of its charter states, "[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement." So the government elected by the arabs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip elect people who refuse to participate in peace negotiations. Instead, only wanting the elimination of Israel as its pre-condition to peace.

Its nice to know that Mr. Carter, who has made such helpful contributions of late to the situation in the Middle East, such as labelling the only functional democracy that allows all of its citizens the chance to vote as an Apartheid state, is willing to stand up for peace and call on Arabs and Muslims extremists to lay down their weapons of destruction after Israel has capitulated fully and totally to their demands.

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