America’s worst Former President Jimmy Carter lashed out at a Sudanese official today in the Darfur region. Carter screamed, “I’ll tell President Bashir about this!”
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter (R) talks to Sudan’s First vice president Salva Kiir (C) and Southern Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar (L) in Juba, October 2, 2007. (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdalla)
Jimmy Carter, of course, has worked with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashar and on several occasions in the past.
Jimmy is one of the few world leaders who holds the esteemed honor of having worked with the notorious genocide dictator for years.
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(CBS/AP) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter got in a shouting match Wednesday with Sudanese security services who blocked him from a town in Darfur where he was trying to meet representatives of ethnic African refugees from the ongoing conflict.
The 83-year-old Carter walked into this highly volatile pro-Sudanese government town to meet refugees too frightened to attend a scheduled meeting at a nearby compound.
Carter was able to make it to a school where he met with one tribal representative and was preparing to go further into the town when Sudanese security services interrupted.
“You can’t go. It’s not on the program!” the local national security chief, who only gave his first name as Omar, yelled at Carter, who is in Darfur as part of a delegation of respected international figures known as “The Elders.”
“We’re going to anyway!” an angry Carter retorted. “You don’t have the power to stop me.”
U.N. officials told Carter’s entourage that the Sudanese state police could bar his way. “Let’s go, or somebody is going to get shot,” said one U.N. official, as an increasingly tense crowd gathered. Billionaire businessman Richard Branson and Graca Machel, the wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela, tried to ease Carter’s frustration as his U.S. secret service security urged him to climb into a car and leave.
“I’ll tell President Bashir about this,” Carter said, referring to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.