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Carter Silent on Schalit Kidnapping

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:52 pm - June 25, 2007.
Filed under: Annoying Celebrities,Liberals,War On Terror

After reading the Jerusalem Post article on the recorded message from the kidnapped IDF (Israel Defense Forces) soldier Gilad Schalit, I wondered what former President Jimmy Carter had to say about this violation of international law. Given Mr. Carter’s professed interest in human rights and his book on the Middle East, he must have said something. Mr. Carter recently chastised the Bush Administration for failing to recognize the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas whose military wing al-Kassam crossed into sovereign Israeli territory to abduct the young man.

Not only did this terrorist group cross an internationally recognized boundary, but they have also held this man in an undisclosed location without allowing any international humanitarian groups (i.e., the Red Cross) to visit him as mandated by international law. And there’s more:

International humanitarian law absolutely prohibits taking and holding a person by force in order to compel the enemy to meet certain demands, while threatening to harm or kill the person if the demands are not met. . . . Furthermore, hostage-taking is considered a war crime.

Just look at the stink raised about Guantanamo where the Red Cross has “unfettered access to any detainee they want to see, whenever they want to see them.” Despite this access, Mr. Carter recently “told reporters that U.S-run detention camps, such as Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and U.S. anti-terrorism laws, were unacceptable even in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.” Emphasis added.

Surely a man who criticized the way his own government ran a camp for terrorists captured on the field of battle, a man who has written a book on the Mideast conflict, would take an interest in this prisoner, held incommunicaco and in violation of international law.

So, I did a google news search, several actually with alternative spellings of Schalit’s name, each came up with the same response: “Your search – Jimmy Carter Gilad Schalit – did not match any documents.” So, I decided to check the web-site of the Carter Center which, at least according to its web-page, “is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering.” The same result: “ Your search – Schalit – did not match any documents./No pages were found containing ‘Schalit” Nor did I find anything on the web-site of the Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, but there was a nice picture of Carter shaking hands with the late Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Israeli President Menachem Begin.

Perhaps I missed something.

But, given Mr. Carter’s zeal to speak out on human rights, his silence on this Schalit’s kidnapping is striking. This bitter old man is ever eager to criticize his own nation — and its allies — for their human rights’ record, remains silent when other nations or entities commit worse violations. Another sign that his comments on human rights have more to do with his political grudges than a real concern for human suffering.

UPDATE: Perhaps Jimmy Carter has been silent on the kidnapping of Schalit because he has become “the roving ambassador for the terrorist group Hamas.”

Will Richard Burr Go All “John Kerry” on Amnesty?

Looks like all eyes are on my Senator from North Carolina, Richard Burr.  I have always liked him from his days in the US House.  He is smart, informed and always seemed to do the right thing.

But he is teetering into John Kerry territory with his position on the Senate Amnesty legislation:  “Voting for it before voting against it.”

Interestingly, The Corner earlier reported that Burr seemed to be committed to a “YES” vote on cloture tomorrow (which would keep the demon alive).

A North Carolina NRO reader reports:

WBT-AM in Charlotte (our eeeeevil talk radio station) is reporting that Burr will vote YES on cloture tomorrow.   I just called his Winston-Salem office and expressed my outrage in the strongest (non-foul languaged) terms.  The staff person at the W-S office claims he hasn’t decided.

I called up WBT and they confirmed that host Jeff Katz did report that at the top of the hour.

Hmmmm.   Now just who in Charlotte could have possibly emailed The Corner that piece of information? 

*thinking*  *thinking*

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Muchos Gracias, Senatress Graham!

(h/t – Michelle Malkin

Want to guess which state I’m two miles away from… that I’ll be spending a lot of time in… during the GOP Senate Primary next year?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

SCOTUS Gives A Victory To Free Speech!

Finally, some chipping away of the madness of McCain-Feingold.  Hooray to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court loosened restrictions Monday on corporate- and union-funded television ads that air close to elections, weakening a key provision of a landmark campaign finance law.  The court, split 5-4, upheld an appeals court ruling that an anti-abortion group should have been allowed to air ads during the final two months before the 2004 elections. 

While it is very discouraging that this was only a 5-4 decision…. I’ll take it!

But SCOTUS Chief John Roberts is THE MAN!

“Discussion of issues cannot be suppressed simply because the issues may also be pertinent in an election,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority. “Where the First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker, not the censor.”

Mitt Romney agrees:

Score one for free speech.  The law [McCain-Feingold] trampled the basic right of the American people to participate in their democracy. It also purported to reduce the influence of money in politics, but we now know that influence is greater than ever.   McCain-Feingold was a poorly-crafted bill. Today’s decision restores, in part, to the American people a right critical to their freedom of political participation and expression.

Now, is it any wonder why Senator McCain’s 2008 Presidential Election prospects are looking increasingly dim?  He wants to restrict political free speech (incumbent protection!) and degrade our national security at the borders (amnesty!).  What on earth kind of conservative does he think he is?

[RELATED STORYA SCOTUS “mixed message” on Free Speech?]

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

CALL YOUR SENATOR NOW!STOP AMNESTY TODAY!

The more we learn about the Kennedy-McCain-Bush Amnesty legislation, the less we like about it.  Support for the legislation has hit an all-time low.

Among the public, there is a bi-partisan lack of enthusiasm for the Senate bill. It is supported by 22% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats, and 22% of those not affiliated with either major party. It is opposed by 52% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 48% of unaffiliateds.

Call your United States Senator NOW.  

The “swing Senators” appear to be Burr (R-NC), Bond (R-MO), Ensign (R-NV), Cochran (R-MS), Hatch (R-UT) and Coleman (R-MN).  If you live in any of those states, you have a duty as an American citizen to stop this sell-out of legal Americans in favor of amnesty for law-breakers.  I can personally vouch that the phone line is continuously busy this morning in the office of US Senator Richard Burr of NC!

Call your Senator NOW.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)