Should former president Jimmy Carter meet with Hammas terrorist organization?

What message does it send when a former president of the United States goes to a foreign country to meet with an organization that is listed as terrorists by our State Department?

The following report is from the Jerusalem Post.

Apr 9, 2008 17:45 | Updated Apr 9, 2008 18:15

‘Jimmy Carter planning to meet Mashaal’

Former US president Jimmy Carter is planing to visit Syria in April and meet with exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, the London-based daily Al-Hayat reported Wednesday.

In the print copy former president Jimmy Carter holds a copy of his book ‘Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,’ prior to a book signing in Tempe, Arizona.

According to a report on, Carter’s press secretary Deanna Congileo would not deny that the former president was planning to go to Syria to meet Mashaal during his visit to the Middle East.

“President Carter is planning a trip to the Mideast next week; however, we are still confirming details of the trip and will issue a press release by the end of this week,” Congileo told “I cannot confirm any specific meetings at this point in time.”

According to the report in Al-Hayat, Carter will be representing the Carter Center during his visit to Syria, and will not be traveling in his capacity of former president of the United States.

The US State Department considers Hamas a terrorist organization.

Doesn’t he realize that both sides can exploit photo op’s?

At a time when president Bush and Condi Rice are working on a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians we do not need to have any third party diversions that could undermine that effort.

And back to my opening question. Juice readers. Do you agree or disagree with this pending meeting?

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