Appease and thank you

Taking Jimmy Carter’s lead, another group of idiots has recently decided it would be a grand idea to have a warm little chin-wag with members of Hamas as part of a “fact finding” mission. Some former U.S. diplomats met with the terrorist organization this past Sunday:

Richard Viets headed the delegation of retired U.S. diplomats representing the Council for the National Interest, a group that criticizes Israel’s “repression of human rights and territorial expansion.”

CNI was founded by former U.S. Rep. Paul Findley (R-Ill.), a longtime critic of U.S. policy toward Israel, who has blamed the Israeli lobby in the U.S. for contributing to his defeat in the House of Representatives in 1982.

Holding a grudge, are we?

The retired diplomats met with former Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, reports said. (Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas replaced Haniyeh with Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad after the violent Hamas takeover in the Gaza Strip last June.)

Viets, who served as a senior diplomat in Israel from 1977 to 1979 and as ambassador to Jordan in the 1980s, described his talks with Haniyeh as “very interesting and very frank.”

Viets said that Haniyeh had “outlined in detail” the Gazan government’s view on several issues, AFP reported.

Yes, Islamic radicals always relish any opportunity to tell the rest of us – with great bravado – how things are. I’ll bet Viets didn’t get two words in during the entire “dialogue”.

For those of you who are not familiar with CNI, let me better acquaint you. Besides Findley, the organization’s co-founder is another former congressman named Pete McCloskey, In 2000, McCloskey was the keynote speaker at the 13th IHR conference. By the way, IHR stands for Institute of Historical Review… and they do indeed have an interesting take on historical subjects. Here is a brief description of the event from IHR’s website

Bringing together attendees and speakers from a wide range of political leanings and varied ethnic and religious backgrounds was a common passion for intellectual freedom and truthful history, scorn for the enemies of free thought and expression, and a healthy skepticism of dogmatic or “official” history.

That’s right… these folks are what we call revisionists. And the “healthy skepticism” they are referring to includes denial of the Holocaust as well as denial of pretty much every other historical event that might cast the Jewish race in a sympathetic light.

IHR gave us a little taste of what McCloskey had to say at the 2000 conference:

I came because I respect the thesis of this organization,” said former Congressman Paul (Pete) McCloskey, Jr., “that thesis being that there should be a reexamination of whatever governments say or politicians say or political entities say.” In his Sunday evening banquet address, the one-time federal lawmaker from northern California spoke bluntly about the corrupting role of Jewish-Zionist special interest groups, especially the powerful Anti-Defamation League.

McCloskey spoke of the “courage” of revisionists in France, Germany and other countries, who are legally persecuted for their dissident scholarship. “I don’t know if you are right or wrong about the Holocaust,” he said, but “I hope you’ll keep examining history.” He praised the Institute for Historical Review as the “striking edge” of the revisionist movement, and concluded by wishing the IHR “good luck.”

But wait, there’s more! According to Salon.com, a man named Abdurahman Alamoudi, who served on CNI’s board of directors from 1998-2004, had this to say while speaking at an anti-Israel rally across from the White House in November 2000:

‘Hear that, Bill Clinton! We are all supporters of Hamas. I wish they add that I am also a supporter of Hizballah. Anybody support Hizballah here?‘ The crowd cheered.

Get the picture? So the Sunday meeting between CNI and Hamas was more than just a fact finding mission. It was a teatime chat between old friends. I would imagine that somewhere in this exchange of pleasantries the words “Death to Israel” came up a time or two.

Not that any of this is surprising. Anyone who would meet with these pieces of human debris and treat them as if they represent a legitimate government body would pretty much have to have an inherent disdain for Israel. But it’s always good to have a little background, isn’t it?

Wouldn’t it be sweet if U.S. Customs had a little computer glitch and “lost” the passport information of Viets and crew upon their return to the states? I’m sure their Hamas buddies would be happy to put them up for a while.


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Comment by chunque

Alright, chunque, even though my post was not about Iran and even though we seem to be on opposing sides, I was still kind enough to let your little shameless plug go through. Pretty nice for a white d-bag, huh?

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