President Jimmy Carter is getting up there in years, but he’s still making public statements about American political policies. He’s trended towards anti-Semitism for years, but his latest statement makes one wonder if he is also trending towards senility.
The nation of Iran is attempting to name a former terrorist as their new ambassador to the United Nations. Iran would like Hamid Aboutalebi to be allowed entrance into the United States to serve as their ambassador to the UN, This is problematic for the Obama administration because Aboutalebi was one of the terrorist college students who, back in 1979, took many Americans hostage at the American embassy in Tehran, Iran.
Not only would his legal entrance into our nation be a slight to the hostages and their families, but Aboutalebi’s involvement (and lack of regret) in the assault on our embassy gives a clear picture of how much he respects diplomacy with the West.
None of that seems to matter to President Carter.
When asked if the USA should block Aboutalebi entrance into the US, Carter responded with typical liberal squishiness.
No, Mr. President, it wouldn’t be inappropriate for us to block someone Iran wanted to choose – if they’ve formerly committed terrorist actions against our nation. Many terrorists grow older and do not mature away from their radicalization. Age does not automatically lead to wisdom or moderation.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) had a much more rational response to Iran’s choice of a terrorist as ambassador to the United Nations.
“It is unconscionable that, in the name of international diplomatic protocol, the United States would be forced to host a foreign national who showed a brutal disregard for the status of our diplomats when they were stationed in his country.”
We cannot allow a known terrorist (especially one who has already committed a violent assault on our nation) to enter our country, to freely move about, and to enjoy diplomatic protection from our laws. It would be a disgusting attack on our most basic values and the rule of law. If Iran wishes to send an Ambassador to the United Nations, they should have at least enough respect for diplomacy that they be willing to send someone that hasn’t held innocent Americans hostage before.
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