Person in America
content to afflict a nation with economic misery, international
humiliation and psychological “malaise” when you can throw in – just for
good measure – journalistic sloppiness, intellectual dishonesty and
grist for the white supremacist mill?
It may be
miserable being Jimmy Carter. Don’t ask me. It’s bad enough just sharing
a country with him. The thought of associating with the man in any way
is too much to bear, as a growing number of his erstwhile associates are
Center lost 14 high-profile board members last week – people who could
not in good conscience continue to associate with a man whose recent
book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” has set new standards for
dishonesty, journalistic laziness and disingenuousness.
In a letter
addressed directly to Carter himself, they pull no punches:
Your book has confused opinion with fact, subjectivity with objectivity
and force for change with partisan advocacy. Furthermore the comments
you have made the past few weeks insinuating that there is a monolith of
Jewish power in America are most disturbing and must be addressed by us.
In our great country where freedom of expression is basic bedrock you
have suddenly proclaimed that Americans cannot express their opinion on
matters in the Middle East for fear of retribution from the “Jewish
Lobby.” In condemning the Jews of America you also condemn Christians
and others for their support of Israel. Is any interest group to be
penalized for participating in the free and open political process that
is America? Your book and recent comments suggest you seem to think so.
Those are just the themes. The specifics are scintillating.
His one-time supporters take him to task for misquoting UN resolutions
to make them sound more antagonistic toward Israel than they actually
are. (Imagine that.) They skewer him for treating bald lies by Yasser
Arafat as if they were credible statements. They admonish him for
pretending peace talks that everyone knew about never took place. And
they nail Mr. Peace and Love to the wall for a statement in which he
blatantly excuses the use of suicide bombings against Israel unless and
until Israel caves in to all the demands of its tormenters.
It goes on and on, but they save the best for last:
Your use of the word “Apartheid,” regardless of your disclaimers, has
already energized white supremacist groups who thrive on asserting
Jewish control of government and foreign policy, an insinuation you made
in your OPED to the LA Times on December 8, 2006: "For the last
30 years, I have witnessed and experienced the severe restraints on any
free and balanced discussion of the facts.” According to Web site
monitoring by the Anti-Defamation League, U.S. white supremacists have
enthusiastically embraced your suggestion that the Israel lobby stifles
debate in this country, saying it confirms Jewish control of government
and foreign policy as well as and the inherently "evil" nature of Jews.
It is as
uncompromising an attack as a group of people can conceivably make
against one individual. And yet it still seems somehow insufficient.
Carter is a despicable man. Whatever rage is aimed at him, he deserves
more. Whatever ridicule he receives, it should be tripled.
It is no
sin to be a bad president, and Carter was certainly not the first. And
there is nothing wrong with seeking to atone for a bad presidency by
doing good works. Herbert Hoover devoted his life after leaving the
White House to addressing world hunger. He was exceedingly effective.
Whether or not he did so out of a desire to repair his legacy, he
achieved no small measure of redemption.
Carter, by contrast, has pursued “peace” by cozying up to every
malefactor from Castro to Chavez to Arafat to Kim in the hope that his
unenlightened countrymen could only understand these complex men as he
utter fool. It would be merely entertaining if it did not embolden these
tinhorns to heighten their anti-American rhetoric and actions – creating
messes on virtually every continent for Carter’s more responsible
successors (which would be all of them) to grapple with.
book full of dishonesty, naivety and anti-Semitic vitriol should come as
no surprise to anyone. It befits the man – a failure as president, a
failure as a statesman and now a failure as an author too. Our 39th
president – a walking, talking, writing disaster who won’t go away,
won’t shut up and won’t stop trying to convince us that he is not the
complete disgrace that he is.
It is hard
to think of a worse American. God help us if one exists.
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