I disagree with Marilyn Crews’ comments(4/19, Letters, “Criticism of Jimmy Carter”). She says Mr. Carter “travels the world putting down the United States” but fails to identify the putdowns.
If “putting down” means that he is critical of actions taken by the Bush administration, then please recognize that the right to criticize leadership is part of living in a democracy.
With respect to his visit with Hamas: Mr. Carter recently announced that what he did was submit a written question to Hamas leadership. He asked that if the Palestinian people voted to accept a peace agreement with Israel based on recognizing Israel as a state and pushing property lines back to what they were before the 1967 war, would Hamas agree? He gave the request to Hamas leadership, and after hours of consultation among themselves Hamas leaders said yes to accepting such an agreement.
Please acquaint yourself with the work of the Carter Center before you condemn him.
In response to recent criticism of former President Carter’s statesmanship, I would respectfully suggest that he may be held in far greater global esteem than some of our present leaders, who seem to understand diplomacy as negotiating behind the barrel of a gun.
Carter has long supported Habitat for Humanity in the United States and overseas, and he established an institute that promotes global health, democracy and human rights. He is known and respected for his work in monitoring elections around the world. He brokered the Camp David accords in 1978, in an effort to bring peace to the Middle East, and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. This is surely the background of a humanitarian and a statesman.
I would further suggest that the reason he is currently receiving criticism in Israel is that his remarks may be very close to the truth.