Jimmy Carter Does It Again

You have to give Jimmy Carter credit; no matter what outlandish thing he says at any given time, he's never been unable to top it later on with something even more outlandish. Today we see the former President on Irish Television telling us that it is "criminal" for President Bush, the U.S., Israel and Europe to back Fatah over Hamas. From the Jerusalem Post:

Far from encouraging Hamas's move into parliamentary politics, Carter said the US and Israel, with European Union acquiescence, has sought to subvert the outcome by shunning Hamas and helping Abbas to keep the reins of political and military power.

"That action was criminal," he said in a news conference after his speech.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but even the most hardened Lefties in Congress agree that Hamas is nothing but a group of terrorists thugs. Carter's said some crazy sh*t over the years, but this has to be in the top three.

Captain Ed makes this salient point concerning the fact that Hamas is on the State Department list of outlawed terrorist organizations:

Wouldn't it literally have been a criminal act to engage with Hamas? Federal law prohibits such direct contacts and the transmission of aid to terrorist groups such as Hamas.
It reminds me too that one of the bigger foreign policy mistakes made by the U.S. and the Europeans is our encouragement of murderous groups like Hamas and al-Sadr's Shiite gang to "join the political process." They're not fools. They readily take up this challenge which gives their useful idiot comrades in the West (i.e. Carter) more semantic wiggle-room in their defense of these savages.

Elections are a part of a democratic society, but elections alone don't in and of themselves make a democratic society. People like Jimmy Carter and Joe Conason love to play up the fact that Hamas or Hugo Chavez were elected democratically, as though that gives them carte-blanche to act like thugs and expect American support. What. A. Joke.