President Jimmy Carter has gone over to the dark side.

There’s just no other way to explain the evil notions being put forth by this man still apparently claiming to be “a born-again Christian.”

For instance, in his new book, “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid,” he writes: “It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel.”

Did you catch that?

Terrorists, according to Jimmy Carter, will be under a moral obligation to stop their suicide attacks on helpless, innocent civilians, including women and children, only when Israel takes certain political steps.

Stated another way, Arab and Muslim terrorists are justified in continuing their terrorist attacks as long as Israel doesn’t take certain political steps.

Stated another way, Arab and Muslim terrorists are under no moral obligation to stop the bloodshed until Israel yields to its pressure.

Stated another way, Israel’s behavior and actions are the real cause of the terror.

Stated another way, Israel remains the principal obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Let’s face it, all of these statements mean essentially the same thing.

This is what Jimmy Carter believes.

Am I alone in my interpretation of Carter’s words? Hardly.

It is this kind of twisted, evil thinking pervasive throughout Carter’s hate-filled screed that prompted 14 members of the Carter Center’s advisory board to turn in their resignations last week in protest.

Take Melvin Konner, for example. He’s an anthropology professor at Emory University who was asked to be part of an academic group advising the former president and the Carter Center on how to respond to criticism of the book.

Konner wrote to John Hardman, the center’s executive director, in turning down the invitation: “I cannot find any way to read this sentence that does not condone the murder of Jews until such time as Israel unilaterally follows President Carter’s prescription for peace. The sentence, simply put, makes President Carter an apologist for terrorists and places my children, along with all Jews everywhere, in greater danger.”

Think about what Carter is doing: Who is it that needs encouragement to change their behavior if the Middle East is ever to know peace? Is it really Israel, which has bent over backward in efforts to accommodate its enemies? Or is it the Arabs and Muslims who teach their children, from the earliest ages, that martyrdom is the highest calling in their lives?

There seems to be little doubt in Carter’s diseased mind – it is Israel that most needs to be pressured.

There is no need to lobby the Arabs and Muslim terrorists to stop the killing until Israel knuckles under to certain arbitrary political requirements.

What can you do with someone like this – even a “senior statesman” who once, unbelievably, served a term as president?

He needs to be constantly exposed for what he is – an immoral man incapable of discerning right from wrong. He is a bitter, failed leader trying to redeem himself in all the wrong ways. He is a tireless detractor of his own country and seemingly all that is good and righteous in the world.

There’s a temptation to just ignore his mindless ramblings, to dismiss them as unimportant.

That would be a mistake, because Carter represents a significant strain for opinion within the U.S. and around the world. No matter how repulsive his ideas are, they must be challenged – each and every time he opens his mouth.

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