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Carter Visits Hamas

I am posting the article below at the request of MahmoudEl-youssephI although I disagree with it strongly, I hope the article will encourage a debate.My comments appear below the article.Carter is Right: US Must EngageHamasBy MahmoudEl-YoussephNewsflash: Carter denied permission intoGazabyIsrael! The former U.S. president is currently on a peace mission in theMiddle Eastas the head of CarterCenter for Peace and not as a U.S. official.His mission were to include various countries in the region to discuss: truce, prisoners exchange, the siege ofGaza, and reconciliation betweenFatahandHamas. Other high-profile international figures including the prime minister of New Zealand, former South African president NelsonMendela, and the former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Anan were to join Mr.

Obama: Hamas is a Terrorist Organization

From the April 16, 2008, Democratic presidential candidates debate Senator Barack Obama said:“That’s why I have a fundamental difference with President Carter and disagree with his decision to meet with Hamas,” Obama said. “We must not negotiate with a terrorist group intent on Israel’s destruction. We should only sit down with Hamas if they renounce terrorism, recognize Israel’s right to exist and abide by past agreements.”“Hamas is not a state. Hamas is a terrorist organization,” he said.I believe that makes all three major presidential candidates unanimous in describing Hamas aa a terrorist organization.  Of course, it is stating the obvious, but there remain some Americans (especially American muslims) who remain blind to the facts.
Of course, Hamas will never meet Sen. Obama's preconditions for talks.  Not unless they amend their charter.
Update:  This blog has not gotten many commenters, but be sure to read the comment of Mahmoud El-Yousseph who is a USAF veteran, a Muslim, an…

Global Warming Threat

From Chuck Muth's News and Views email newsletter:TIME TO TAKE GLOBAL WARMING SERIOUSLYI have to admit, I've been in the camp which hasn't taken the threat of global warming seriously, but this story from FoodWeek Online has forced me to change my position."Beer production in Australia and New Zealand could be cut by climate change within 25 years, a scientist has warned.  Climate expert Dr Jim Salinger, of the NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research says that climate change could cause a decline in malting barley production in both countries. 'It will mean either there will be pubs without beer or the cost of beer will go up,' Dr Salinger said."When the only effect of global warming was the melting of polar ice caps, thereby displacing a few bears, what's the big deal?  But if it could affect the beer supply, well, that IS a crisis.  Get Al Gore on the phoneI've gotta go with Chuck on this one.

Obama: No Guns for Self Defense

Obama approves of guns for hunters.  But not guns for the defenseless hunted according the the Investors Business Daily: Gun Control: Barack Obama says he won't take folks' guns away as long as they're hunters. But when the hunted are his constituents, well, that's different: He opposes concealed carry and the right to self-defense.There's something about an election that brings out the sportsman in a Democratic presidential candidate. Recall John Kerry's sudden fondness for hunting four years ago.And speaking in Idaho earlier this year, Barack Obama told the crowd, "We got a lot of hunters in the state of Illinois, and I have no intention of taking away folks' guns."Except he does.In a 1996 questionnaire, Obama wrote that he "supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." He says now that the survey was filled out by an aide who misrepresented his views. Yet his record since then is consistent with that view. Never …

Obama and the Incredible Expanding Ego

The Boston Globe reports:
According to an account posted online on The Huffington Post, Obama was answering a question about what he would look for in a running mate if he wins the nomination. "I would like somebody who knows about a bunch of stuff that I'm not as expert on," he replied. "I think a lot of people assume that might be some kind of military thing to make me look more commander-in-chief-like. Ironically, this is an area -- foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain."Words fail me.