Chuck Colson has an important and timely commentary today about the vulnerability of Israel. Important because it discusses the extensive ramifications of a rash decision to withdraw from Iraq. And timely because it directly contradicts this week's actions and statements by former President Jimmy Carter, who has apparently taken it upon himself to conduct "peace talks" with Hamas leaders.
More telling than Carter's questionable decision, however, are the words of a Hamas founder and foreign minister, which were published in the Washington Post (along with an appropriately stern editorial rebuttal). Mahmoud al-Zahar lambastes violence by Israel but ignores or justifies the atrocities of his own organization. He claims a desire for negotiations without preconditions, but then creates a list of demands that must be met.
Such distortions seem to par for the course in Middle East politics, but whatever President Carter's intentions, we don't gain anything by playing along.