Former President Jimmy Carter has chimed in on Iran’s decision to appoint one of the terrorists responsible for holding 52 Americans hostage for 444 days on Carter’s watch, as its ambassador to the United Nations. In an interview with WTOP radio, Carter said the following about Hamid Aboutalebi:
“You know, those were college students at that time, and I think that they have matured. …I think it would be inappropriate for the United States to try to block someone that Iran wanted to choose.”
In addition to Aboutalebi being a part of a group that placed the biggest stain on the Carter presidency, there were never any consequences and the group that took the hostages still honors Aboutalebi on its website. Yet, Carter wants to let bygones be bygones. Perhaps more tellingly is that in taking this position, Carter is to the left of far left U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who referred to Iran’s appointment of Aboutalebi as a “slap in the face” to Americans.
The premise that Carter is simply liberal should not be blindly accepted. In 2007, even liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz eviscerated Carter as being bought off by Muslim influences. Dershowitz wrote:
Carter and his Center have accepted millions of dollars from suspect sources, beginning with the bail-out of the Carter family peanut business in the late 1970s by BCCI, a now-defunct and virulently anti-Israeli bank indirectly controlled by the Saudi Royal family, and among whose principal investors is Carter’s friend, Sheikh Zayed. Agha Hasan Abedi, the founder of the bank, gave Carter “$500,000 to help the former president establish his center…[and] more than $10 million to Mr. Carter’s different projects.”
As Shoebat.com reported, Aboutalebi wouldn’t be the first Iranian terrorist to be given the red carpet, diplomatic treatment in the U.S. In 2011, Hadi al-Ameri, whose background is replete with terrorism and murder – including the 1996 Khobar Towers attack – visited the Oval Office as transportation minister for the new, Iran-friendly Iraqi government.
That there have been no consequences for Carter’s treason goes a long way in explaining why things have gotten worse since he left office.
Jimmy Carter’s take on Aboutalebi put to music: