Monday, April 21, 2008

Legitimizing Terror

That Jimmy Carter issue continues. Should we talk to our enemies? I think so. Christ thought so. Mohamed thought so. But not the US government, not the Government of the State of Israel, not the Governments of the Arab World. Farid Ghadry is of thier opinion. Perhaps they all know best.

Washington DC April 19, 2008//RPS Opinion - Farid Ghadry// -- The direct and indirect effect of president Jimmy Carter visit to Gaza, Egypt, and Damascus to meet with members of Hamas sends chills down the spine of every Arab and Muslim working for reforms in the Middle East because it legitimizes terror and violence and dilutes all the efforts that peaceful Arab reformers have committed themselves to. One such reformer told me: "Why are we working so hard for peace if the Americans prefer to deal with terror?." I could not utter but words of encouragement knowing deep inside that he is right.
It is simply fascinating to watch how the foreign policy of one like president Carter impacts negatively the in-roads of moderate Arabs. Under the auspices of "seeking peace", president Carter is reversing years of hard work by many Palestinians and Israelis who see the road to co-existence paved by true peaceful acts. For president Carter to meet with individuals with blood on their hands not only legitimizes terror but it also encourages it in two ways: It sends the signal to Hamas that its violence pays off but also inspires those who vacillate between violence and peace to surrender to violence.

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