Jimmy Carter is probably not an Antisemite. He is probably not
un-American. In plain English the gentleman from Plains, Georgia, is
just plain WRONG!
He is wrong about his take on events in the Middle East. Wrong about
his perspective on how to solve conflicts in the Middle East and
worldwide. Wrong about the self-important role he has chosen for
himself to play - a former president of the United States turned
humanitarian for the world.
And because he is so wrong, so very wrong, and because he is so
self-centered and single-minded he is doing much damage to the people
he represents - the United States of America and to the people whose
cause he is championing - the Palestinians. About Israel he doesn't
really care, but he is, of course, doing damage there, as well.
Whatever you think of Jimmy Carter, his is a name that packs weight.
Around the world Jimmy Carter's face, with that broad grin and buck
smile, is identifiable and recognized. Around the world Jimmy Carter is
respected and highly acclaimed. His is the face of the United States
that most of the world both likes and appreciates. His is the kind of
face that most of the world wishes the rest of the United States had.
But look closer and you will see the real face of Jimmy Carter. Look
closer and you will see that the face of Jimmy Carter is fundamentally
the face of a loser and a capitulator. Look closer and you will see
that the famous smile masks a political career marred by catastrophic
decision making and poor judgment.
I am not referring only to the Iran hostage crisis which cost Carter
the presidential election and a second term in office. I am referring
to Jimmy Carter's attitude toward the world. The crisis in Iran is just
one example of his skewed world perspective and his faulty,
During this trip to the Middle East Jimmy Carter, peacemaker, cum
diplomat, cum thinker has bent over backwards to accommodate the
enemies of the West, the enemies of the United States, the enemies of
Israel and even the enemies of the people he proposes to save - the
When Jimmy Carter meets and dialogues with Hamas leaders he is by
extension bestowing upon those men and the organization they represent
a place of stature in world diplomacy. The United States calls Hamas a
terrorist organization. Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, major Arab
players in the Middle East, are downplaying the stature of Hamas in
their region. The Palestinian Authority is trying desperately to
belittle the status and stature other Palestinians have bestowed upon
Hamas and here Jimmy Carter goes and raises the stature and legitimacy
Carter bolsters Hamas. By meeting with this terrorist organization
he is de facto recognizing Hamas and giving Hamas credence. Yes, Hamas
also provides social, welfare and other services to certain
Palestinians, but that does not make them any less terrorists. A
murderer who stops off to deliver a bouquet of flowers to his mother on
the way to committing his crime is still a murderer.
To go and lay a wreath at Arafat's tomb is not to have learned from
the investigations and realizations of corruption and malfeasance that
became so obvious after Arafat's death. It is to ignore the facts in
favor of predilections and predisposed notions. It is self-serving. It
is not morally uplifting. It does not help the Palestinian cause, it
perpetuates Palestinian myth and mythos.
It buys into the worst part of the Carter gestalt, the world as seen
through the eyes of Jimmy Carter, a point of view that says that
everyone is the same, that everyone has equal weight. It is a point of
view in which traditional enemies and traditional friends are put on an
even keel. It is a point of view that obliterates the special
relationship between Israel and the United States.
The entire Arab world knows that there is a special relationship
between Israel and the US. The only person who is either unaware of or
in disagreement with that special relationship - I haven't yet figured
out which - is Jimmy Carter and his small band of followers.
Jimmy Carter needs to be sidelined - in the name of peace and
peaceful co-existence. Jimmy Carter needs to be denied access and
special State Department permission to undermine US diplomatic policy
and practice. Jimmy Carter needs to get a swift kick in the ... but
that would be inappropriate, un-PC and downright - well, gosh darned
it, downright wrong.