I think Carter's point that Palestinians will not be inclined to work things out with Israel when they are being imprisoned and starved is valid. I've met the man and was impressed by his charisma and compassion. He dared to tell Americans they needed to make sacrifices back in the 70's and that caused him to be voted out because we like solutions like being told to shop while our govt removes the right of habeus corpus, and invades Afghanistan and Iraq. His charitable actions speak for themselves, an example is Habitat for Humanity. Many of those on talkback assume that anyone who criticizes Israel is not their friend. Sometimes the one who criticizes a person, if motivated by a desire for peace for all involved, is their best friend; but then he doesn't make money off cluster bomb production or warplanes, etc.
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