9.23.14: Carter: Civilian risk if US bombs Islamic State
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Former President Jimmy Carter says a U.S. bombing attack against the Islamic State forces in Iraq could end up killing more civilians than militants unless there are American spotters on the ground.
The 39th president and his wife Rosalynn spoke for about 45 minutes Monday as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.
The 89-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner addressed a range of topics and answered student questions.
Carter says U.S. bombers attacking a city controlled by the Islamic State “are very likely to kill more civilians than ISIS members.” He says it’s important to have U.S. spotters for such bombings.
Carter has written 28 books, including “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.” It was released in March.