The Left in America is screaming to high heaven that the mess we are in in Iraq and the war on terrorism has been caused by the right-wing and that George W. Bush, the so-called "dim-witted cowboy," has created the entire mess.
The truth is the entire nightmare can be traced back to the liberal democratic policies of the leftist Jimmy Carter, who created a firestorm that destabilized our greatest ally in the Muslim world, the shah of Iran, in favor of a religious fanatic, the ayatollah Khomeini.
Carter viewed Khomeini as more of a religious holy man in a grassroots revolution than a founding father of modern terrorism. Carter's ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, said "Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint." Carter's Iranian ambassador, William Sullivan, said, "Khomeini is a Gandhi-like figure." Carter adviser James Bill proclaimed in a Newsweek interview on February 12, 1979 that Khomeini was not a mad mujahid, but a man of "impeccable integrity and honesty."
Read it all and weep. That Jimmy Carter today enjoys a 'blessed icon' status within the ranks of the reality-challenged political left illustrates the degree of self-delusion and denial to which they have sunk. Not a single lefty blog commented on Carter's pimping for Hamas.
As Ed Morrissey asks:
What kind of world leader would instruct the international community to engage with Hamas, even though it just committed an armed insurrection against the Palestinian Authority? Who among the world's experts would argue that the coup d'etat legitimized their claim to speak for the Palestinian people? Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Bashar Assad?
We wish [....]
So let's get this straight. Bush's refusal to engage with a terrorist group -- one that has long been on the State Department list of outlawed terrorist organizations -- is "criminal". 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.
Even more ridiculous, Carter feels that we should applaud the organizational skills of a terrorist group that just murdered its way to the top of the Gaza power structure. He applauds their "superior skills and discipline," while turning a blind eye to the ways in which they apply them. Rather than scold them for using violence to achieve their political goals, Carter wants the global community to welcome and reward them for it.
But this is the modus operandi of the left: they distort history and aggressively appease and/or reward evil wherever they find it. Additionally, as Siggy notes, What else do defenders of dysfunctional, racist and bigoted regimes post on? America of course!
For the intellectual and moral pygmies of the left, it is always America and Israel who are to blame for the behavior of all those poor, helpless terrorists out there, who only kill innocents and each other because we force them to!
And Jimmy Carter is, without a doubt, the most reality and morally-challenged leftist pygmy of the lot.