[JURIST] During a speech Saturday, former US President Jimmy Carter called the war in Iraq "unnecessary and unjust", and referred to the US detention of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] an "embarrassment". In June, Carter had joined others calling for the shutdown of the camp [JURIST report]. He made his remarks during an address at the Baptist World Alliance centenary conference in Birmingham, England. Carter was careful to denounce the actions of terrorists, but did state that recent reports of abuse and torture at Guantanamo gives "impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts". AP has more.