Former U.S. President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jimmy Carter said Sunday that the United States should work with whichever coalition wins the general elections in Lebanon.
The elections, which got under way Sunday, pit a coalition supported by the United States and an alliance backed by the militant group, Hezbollah.
Analysts say the race will be tight, with the Hezbollah-dominated “March 8 alliance” possibly winning a majority of seats in parliament.
The United States considers Hezbollah, which is supported by both Syria and Iran, to be a terrorist organization.
Carter was in Beirut as part of more than 200 international observers monitoring the election. He also oversaw balloting in Gaza during the elections in the Palestinian territory in January 2005.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas won that race «fairly and squarely» by a huge margin, Carter said. The United States and Israel later refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Hamas win.
«The Hamas candidates were approved in advance by both Israeli government and the American government. But when they prevailed, then Israel and the United States decided that they would not support a unity government», he said.
“And it’s resulted in a split in the Palestinians and a very difficult situation there,” Carter added. «I think they (the United States) learned a hard lesson that they should accept the results of an election».
Dear Jimmy Carter: Should we accept a new Hitler in Berlin?
Why this question?
Simply because, the German people might have voted him to power?
In the President election in Germany in 1932, Adolp Hitler got «only» 36 per cent of the votes.
If He had got 50,1 per cent, would his Nazi-ideology have been acceptable for the US?
Hizbollah has a leadership that denies the Holocaust, and says they will destroy Israel. It does not seem that the former president in the US cares about the difference between right and wrong.
If Al-Qaida, wins the next election in Afghanistan, I guess Jimmy Carter would like the US to «work» with that government also?