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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jimmy Carter - Myopic Failure

Jimmy Carter is up to his old self righteous, moralizing self again. I don't like to throw the words anti-semite around, people get tired of hearing jews casting themselves as victims, but surely he has never dealt with Israelis with the same understanding and evenhandedness that you would expect from a person in his position as a president and former president.

But then again, this is a man who tried to appease the soviets and cozy up to Kim il Jong, Tito, Marcos, Saddam Hussein and a murderer's row of brutal dictators. He lionized Arafat and Assad and had a philosophy of glossing over anyone's sins as long as they weren't "those people".

He is in the mideast now meeting with Hamas, a group largely financed by Iran and dedicated to the destruction of Israel. He is marginalizing Fatah, a once feared organization that actually looks good compared to the Islamic Hamas and is demanding that the Israelis tear down the wall and stop the blockade around Gaza. Now never mind that every time the Israelis have opened the checkpoints, they have become magnets for suicide bombers and attacks on the Israeli population and military.

Hamas suicide bombers have killed hundreds of Israelis in the past several years. Israeli blood is immaterial to Carter and he clings to a naive faith that Hamas, an extremist fundamentalist islamic terrorist group, is now ready to play nice. He is subverting legitimate diplomatic efforts in the middle east with his unilateral and unbalanced entreaties.

Israel has been down this road before with Hamas, who have repeatedly stated that they will never put down their arms or surrender their right to "legitimate resistance." They are demanding that Israel return to pre 1967 borders, and surrender land that Israel appropriated after thwarting simultaneous attacks by it's neighbors.

Now Carter is dismissing the role of Israel as a jewish state and homeland because 20% of its citizens are not jewish. Why does he not apply the same standard to the twenty seven countries where Islam is the official state religion, including Egypt and Saudi Arabia? Where a person is not allowed to change their religion under penalty of death, in some cases. Both Jordan and Saudi Arabia prohibit jews from even living in their country. Only two Arab countries, Egypt and Jordan, recognize Israel's right to exist.

Our former president is not an honest broker. Carter has never showed remorse after terrorist or rocket attacks against Israel. He refuses to acknowledge Hamas' brutal history and is now demanding that they be taken off the international terrorist list. With no assurances that Hamas will not continue to launch attacks on Israel. Ahmed Youseff, the Hamas Deputy Foreign Minister said this week that recognizing Israel is completely unacceptable. According to Hamas ideology, there is no room for a jewish state in an Islamic middle east.

As I have said before, the plight of the palestinians is painful and tragic. But much of it has been self inflicted. As once said about Arafat, they never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Israel is not blameless, they need to halt illegitimate settlement building. As the country has drifted to the right and become more religious, Israel has become less sensitive to the brutal dehumanizing conditions of life in Gaza and the West Bank. The caldron of anger eventually boils over, and scorches both peoples.

Jimmy Carter showed long ago that he lacked the objectivity to be a fair arbiter. I remember reading the Blood of Abraham, his book on his attempts to forge a peace between Begin and Sadat almost thirty years ago, and being struck by the continual lavish praise he continually foisted on Sadat, and his inability to say anything positive about the jewish leader. Perhaps as a baptist minister, he can not square the existence of Israel with the concept of christian salvation and the return of the messiah. I get the feeling that he never, in his famous heart of hearts, met a jewish person that he either liked or trusted.

Carter has long complained about jewish control of the media and jewish intimidation. In March, 1980, with falling re-election numbers and a loss of credibility with the american jewish population he reportedly told his top consultants that if he got re-elected he would **ck the jews. He has repeatedly dismissed any criticism of his views by referring to the jewish authors in ad hominem attacks.

If he has his way, Israel will burn on the pyre of broken promises and ultimately Carter will disavow all responsibility for the results. Hamas will say that they never agreed to stop their aggression, and that their ultimate aim has always been to drive the Israelis into the sea. For the sake of all parties, Jimmy Carter needs to retire to his peanut farm and get off the world stage. Fortunately, he has zero credibility domestically or internationally so his pandering to dark forces in Gaza, Syria and Iran will have little effect. Our country floundered under his reign. He is an embarrassment who needs to understand that his time has passed, that Israel will never leave itself open to the national suicide of living next to a Hamas led, armed neighbor and graciously leave before he causes further damage.


MMWB said...

The Impossible Dream!

Jimmy Carter is tilting at windmills! No, not the prospect of a peaceful settlement to the mideast situation. Rather, Carter has once again put on his helmet and sallied forth to battle the dragon of history, "To fight the unbeatable foe."

While his stated mission is that of broker, the ex-president's efforts are as flawed as they were with North Korea. There Carter worked out a deal so the United States could give more aid to the Dear Leader's people as well as more assitance building Kim's nuclear reactors, in exchange for nothing but our own silence about North Korea's quest for nuclear weapons. Alas, Carter's efforts were foiled by the Bush administration. "To right the unrightable wrong."

But those are unimportant details. What was important then is important now, the need for a revised entry in the history books.
"This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far."

Carter's presidential legacy of Iran + the Shah + Ayatollah Khomeini, the Russian Olympic boycott, gas prices, thermostat settings, high interest rates, stagflation and even Billy Beer will be replaced. Inserted will be the story of how a man from Plains, GA., "A leader, for change" brought Hamas into Israel.

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.

Blue Heron said...

The man from Plains cuts right across my grain.

By George, I think you've got it. Nice to know that we agree on something, Masked Man. And very well put.

Anonymous said...

Your blog on Carter is slanted.

No International leader has yet to create peace between Israel and Hamas,Fatah or the PLO.
Speaking of "those people", not once in your article did you refer to Palestinians by name.

Why single out Carter? Name one leader who has suceeded in creating peace in the Middle East?
By the way, Carter is only repeating the U.N. demand for Israel to return occupied lands back to the 1967 borders. He has never said that Israel does not have a right to exist.

Blue Heron said...

I didn't mention the palestinians by name? - you might want to reread my post -"the plight of the palestinians is painful and tragic" - was I not sufficiently contrite for you?

Carter doesn't have to say that he supports Israel's right to exist. His actions speak plenty about his concern for their welfare.

grumpy said...

i liked Carter as president, his concern for human rights, his brokering the treaty between Israel and Egypt, his negotiations to free our hostages in Iran; since leaving office, though, i give him a mixed report card; his work for Habitat for Humanity has been admirable, but in areas of foreign policy he is becoming an embarrassment, another Ramsey Clark...