File this under ′What Else Is New?′ Former U.S. president, Jimmy Carter, co-wrote an op-ed piece with the former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson, in Foreign Policy magazine. The article called for the United States government, as well as those in Europe, to recognize Hamas as a legitimate ′political force′. Carter and Robinson go on to attack Israel for their bombing of civilians in Gaza, ignoring the rocketing and terrorist attacks staged by Hamas against the Jewish nation. That the U.S. and E.U. need to recognize the ′legitimacy of Hamas as a political actor′ over Israel is just plain stupidity. Israeli Defense Forces are only acting in self-defense to the aggression by Hamas. During the past five attempts at a cease fire, Hamas broke the peace each time. Even the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is having a hard time dealing with the rouge government in Gaza.