This laying of the wreath seems to have particularly thrilled Abdel Rahim, a top aide to Palestinian Authority Holocaust denier -- I mean, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Arafat's longtime associate and successor). The Jerusalem Post reminded readers that this presidential salute was a first, given that "U.S. President George W. Bush and other top administration officials had refused to honor Arafat during their visits to Ramallah." Rahim was positively brimming with enthusiasm, burbling on to Carter about the day Arafat's tomb would be moved to Jerusalem, "the capital of the Palestinian state."
And these -- Abbas & Co. (Fatah) -- are the "moderates." More such moderation came out in recent news reports that Abbas had to be convinced by Israel not to carry out plans to bestow official honors next week on two female accessories to Israeli murder, including the driver of the bomber of the infamous 2001 Sbarro pizzeria massacre.
Maybe Carter can arrange recognition for these women. Having honored the PLO murderer Arafat, Carter would surely like to honor others from his terrorist camp. Oh, I forgot. The former president is already doing just that in meetings with Hamas murderers even as they continue to kill.
This would seem to register high on the outrage meter, but, for the most part, what is audible from the White House, the State Department and the Congress, is so much tepid background noise to the effect of, "We wouldn't do that if we were you, sir." Not much else. At least not until Rep. Sue Myrick, North Carolina Republican, got involved.
Because Carter's meetings with the Hamas leadership run counter to international agreements to isolate Hamas, and to U.S. policy and international policy regarding this terrorist group, Myrick has publicly called on Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to revoke Jimmy Carter's passport.
Hallelujah. With this request, an American leader has actually taken a stand for American security interests, for victims of terrorism, for the principle of not bargaining with terrorists, for an important ally, and, perhaps most important, for a grown-up, restorative moral order. Jimmy Carter should certainly lose his passport for his shameful and degrading and harmful Hamas overtures.
And preferably before he flies back home.