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Off-the-Deep-End: Carter and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Lest officials not understand how their words are used for propaganda, two articles from the Iranian press.

1) Carter:

Former US President Jimmy Carter called the blockade of Gaza a crime and an atrocity on Thursday and said US attempts to undermine Hamas had been counterproductive.

Speaking at the American University in Cairo after talks with Hamas leaders , Carter said Palestinians in Gaza were being “starved to death” and received fewer calories a day than people in the poorest parts of Africa receive.

“It’s an atrocity what is being perpetrated as punishment on the people in Gaza. It’s a crime… I think it is an abomination that this continues to go on,” Carter said.

2) Archbishop of Canterbury:

“Christianity tainted with Occupation”

The Archbishop of Canterbury says the US and UK policies in the Mideast have tainted the image of Christianity with aggression and occupation.

“The military policies of the US and UK in the last few years have firmly cemented in a great deal of the Middle East the notion that Christianity is a foreign, aggressive and Western presence.” Archbishop Rowan Williams said on Thursday in London.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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