Not even remotely surprising considering he’s the same guy who cuddles with Hamas and Hezbollah.

(Statesman) — The Egyptian military won’t ignore its citizens’ demands for open elections, even if the military has an interest in keeping power, former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday at a University of Texas lecture.

It was the first time Carter has spoken publicly about recent developments in the Middle East, including the uprising in Egypt that led to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. Since the successful uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, citizens in several other countries in the region — including Iran, Libya and Bahrain — also have staged protests in hopes of creating revolutions, demanding dramatic changes to government.

Carter, the 39th president, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work on international affairs and his efforts to promote peace, democracy and economic development in other countries.

The former president and Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Library at UT, talked about the Middle East in front of an audience of about 1,000. Carter also discussed his time as president, current events in America and “White House Diary,” his most recent book. . . .

Updegrove, who characterized Carter as the president most associated with the Middle East, having helped to broker a peace accord between Egypt and Israel in 1978, asked the former president how the United States should view the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential group in Egypt that has ties to Hezbollah and may influence Egypt in the future.

“I think the Muslim Brotherhood is not anything to be afraid of in the upcoming (Egyptian) political situation and the evolution I see as most likely,” Carter said. “They will be subsumed in the overwhelming demonstration of desire for freedom and true democracy.”