Tuesday, December 02, 2003

"History's greatest monster"-it's not a joke

The Pharisee from Plains vents his anti-Semitism openly in the N.Y. Times (registration required)

"Mr. Carter, when asked in an interview whether the absence of progress so many years after Camp David was bittersweet for him, replied, "It's not bittersweet, just sweet."

But then his frustration over twists in history and missed opportunities spilled out. "The bitterness comes from the fact that the top leaders have not been willing to move with this degree of effort," he said.

Mr. Carter, defeated in his quest for re-election by Ronald Reagan in 1980, speculated that "had I been elected to a second term, with the prestige and authority and influence and reputation I had in the region, we could have moved to a -final solution."- (endquote)

What would that "final solution" have entailed?

From Jay Nordlinger's article "You Didn’t Ask for It, You Got It: Carterpalooza!" Arabs are heavy-duty funders of the Carter Center, and they get a lot for their money.

No one quite realizes just how passionately anti-Israel Carter is. William Safire has reported that Cyrus Vance acknowledged that, if he had had a second term, Carter would have sold Israel down the river. In the 1990s, Carter became quite close to Yasser Arafat. After the Gulf War, Saudi Arabia was mad at Arafat, because the PLO chief had sided with Saddam Hussein. So Arafat asked Carter to fly to Riyadh to smooth things over with the princes and restore Saudi funding to him — which Carter did.

You who read Impromptus have heard me say: When I was growing up, I perceived the Arab-Israeli conflict as a great civil-rights drama. The white oppressors were the Israelis, and the black sufferers and innocents were the Arabs, in particular the Palestinians. Menachem Begin, I thought, was George C. Wallace, and his defense minister, Ariel Sharon, was Bull Connor. (This was in the early ’80s.)

Well, blow me down. I had never heard anybody else — a soul — say anything like this. But here is Carter, to Douglas Brinkley, Carter’s biographer and analyst: “The intifada exposed the injustice Palestinians suffered, just like Bull Connor’s mad dogs in Birmingham.”

The Carter-Nordlinger axis rides again (but, hang on, I’ve changed my mind — had “an evolution of thought,” as we say).

In The Unfinished Presidency, Brinkley writes, “There was no world leader Jimmy Carter was more eager to know than Yasir Arafat.” The former president “felt certain affinities with the Palestinian: a tendency toward hyperactivity and a workaholic disposition with unremitting sixteen-hour days, seven days a week, decade after decade.” Neat, huh?

At their first meeting — in 1990 — Carter boasted of his toughness toward Israel, assuring Arafat at one point, “. . . you should not be concerned that I am biased. I am much more harsh with the Israelis.” Arafat, for his part, railed against the Reagan administration and its alleged “betrayals.” Rosalynn Carter, taking notes for her husband, interjected, “You don’t have to convince us!” Brinkley records that this “elicited gales of laughter all round.” Carter himself, according to Brinkley, “agreed that the Reagan administration was not renowned as promise keepers” (this, to Arafat).

If you are sickened by the thought of a former U.S. president and a former First Lady of the United States and the career terrorist Yasser Arafat all sitting around bashing Ronald Reagan . . . you and I think alike.

The fact that they found it amusing to laugh it up with the man who planned the assassination of a U.S. ambassador says everything that you need to know about the filthy Uriah Heep that once was a U.S. President. Although he falsely claims that Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a hero of his, Carter just keeps urinating and projectile vomiting on the memory and legacy of the great anti-Nazi theologian.

UPDATE: Let me make this point, while I doubt (hope?) that Jimmy the Dhimmi is not actually advocating genocide, I believe that he DELIBERATELY used the term "final solution" with regard to Israel out of the foulness and evil of his heart to cause pain and anger in those who support the Israeli right to exist as a nation. It's a more "refined" version of the Loony Liberal/Left's filthy "Zionazi" libel. Just to make it clear that I am not "cherry-picking," I include some commentary from one of Jimmy's fellow Democrats:

Jimmy Carter Still Doesn't Understand Israel Ed Koch August 3, 2001 Newsday

FORMER President Jimmy Carter betrayed his ongoing hostility toward Israel when he criticized President George W. Bush's policy on the Mideast in a newspaper interview last week.

"My policy, as was all the other presidents' until Clinton, was that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza were both illegal and an obstacle to peace....George Sr. took a very strong position on that issue, as did I," Carter said.

In 1980, the United States supported a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israel for its "occupation" of East Jerusalem, which was won in the 1967 war. Heading into a tough national election against Ronald Reagan and desperate to keep the Jewish vote he had alienated, Carter asked that I come to the White House. At lunch, Carter told me he had been unaware of the language in the UN resolution regarding Jerusalem and asked if I could help reassure his Jewish supporters.

"Mr. President," I said, "the Jews for 2,000 years have had people sell them out. There isn't a country on the world's face today except for the United States that hasn't at one point cast its Jews out. When Shakespeare wrote 'The Merchant of Venice,' there wasn't a Jew in England. The Jews had been expelled 300 years before." "I didn't know that," he said.

"And what they see, Mr. President, is that in the one country which has consistently given them support, the support has eroded." I suggested he hold a press conference and take questions. In his statement, Carter called the Security Council vote "a genuine mistake" due to a "breakdown in communications." He blamed his UN ambassador, Donald McHenry, and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance for not keeping him informed. Indeed, McHenry later said he read the language on Jerusalem to the president before the vote.

Carter should have known the Israeli settlements on the West Bank and Gaza are not illegal under international law. They are designated by the U.S. State Department as simply "impediments to peace." In any ultimate peace settlement, they are bargaining chips. The Israeli government maintains that, since Jordan never had legal sovereignty over the West Bank, and Egypt never had legal sovereignty in Gaza, these areas are not "occupied territories" under international law. Further, Israel retained control over them for self-defense.

As we got closer to the general election, Carter needed me to campaign in the Florida condos where many Jewish retirees lived. I told Carter's emissary, Hamilton Jordan, if the president wanted my help, he would have to announce that future UN resolutions on Israel were to be even- handed or they would be vetoed. The next day, the president issued a statement on U.S. policy toward Israel: "We will withdraw from the Assembly if Israel is expelled. We oppose the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

Henceforth, flawed resolutions on Israel at the United Nations will be vetoed, not simply abstained on. We will pledge not to sell Saudi Arabia bomb racks for its F-15 planes." There is an ongoing effort by Saudi Arabia's supporters and other Arab nations to change the U.S. foreign policy vis-a-vis Israel, making it more favorable to the Arab states and Palestinians in exchange for oil, commercial contracts and military alliances. Leading the charge are former Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. The elder Bush called Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, a vocal critic of the current Bush administration's support for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"His heart is in the right place," the elder Bush reportedly said of his son, adding that the president was "going to do the right thing." To George W. Bush's credit, he has resisted his father's importuning to turn against Israel.

The Israeli government will and must protect the security of its people, even in the face of condemnation from former presidents and bystander nations who covet Arab oil and contracts.

In 1980, I agreed to campaign for Carter. Reporters asked why, in view of his record on Israel, I was in Miami on his behalf. "He's changed his position," I said.

"Why do you believe him?" a reporter asked me. "If he lied to me, he should rot in hell," I replied.

That afternoon's New York Post carried my warning on its front page. Carter lied then and he lies now. If there is a God with memory, and I believe there is, Jimmy Carter will find it hot down there.

Amen to that, Ed.

Amen to that...