07/31/2005: Yesterday, I lost any respect for Jimmy Carter that I might have had. In his diatribe before the Baptist World Alliance in Birmingham, England, Carter showed exactly why he was only a one-termer: with the exception of the Camp David Peace Accord, he was never on the right side of a conflict that mattered. That is because he lacks the moral clarity to fight battles that count.
Consider that he was the same enlightened one who spoke of murderous dictator Nicolae Ceaucescu: “Our goals are the same: to have a just system of economics and politics . . . We believe in enhancing human rights.” The Great Prince from Plains lauded great praise on North Korea’s own version of Stalin, Kim Il Sung: “I find him to be vigorous, intelligent, surprisingly well informed about the technical issues, and in charge of the decisions about this country.”
Yes, I am using very strong words for an ex-President. He continuously roots against America, and undermines very legitimate military conflicts that involve not only American lives, but also those of Iraqis, Brits, and Afghans. He represents all that is wrong with the DNC today.
On Guantanamo Bay detainees: “I think what’s going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A.” What is a disgrace? That we are bending over backwards to respect the religious practices of our detainees? That we provide them with plenty to eat, ample opportunity for recreation (soccer), their own prayer mats, their own Korans? I guess maybe we could provide them 72 virgins…
Does Carter understand that we are not dealing with French or German soldiers? We are dealing with people who would just as soon fly jets into our buildings, blow themselves up, or mercilessly cut the heads off Americans or other westerners. Has Carter condemned the Fallujah massacre? Has Carter condemned the savage beheadings of Daniel Pearl or Nicholas Berg? Has Carter condemned the brutal executions of Nepali hostages?
Considering that Al Qaeda did not sign the Geneva Conventions–nor do they abide by them–we are giving the Gitmo detainees far better treatment than they deserve. These terrorists were not representing a nation-state. They were not wearing the uniform of a regular army. They are not combatants under the rules of warfare governed by the Geneva Conventions.
So Carter: what is so disgraceful about what we are doing at Gitmo? Come on…say it!
In his same diatribe, Carter (implicitly) blasted President Bush for prosecuting the war in Iraq: “I thought then, and I think now, that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and unjust. And I think the premises on which it was launched were false.”
Tell that to the Kurds, hundreds of thousands of whom died at the hands of Saddam!
Tell that to the Shi’Ites, hundreds of thousands of whom died at the hands of Saddam!
Tell that to the family of Leon Klinghoffer, whose terrorist assailant–Abu Abbas–received safe harbor from Saddam Hussein.
Tell that to the families of those killed in the WTC bombings of 1993, the mastermind of which–Ramsi Youssef–received safe harbor from Saddam.
Tell that to the families victimized by Abu Nidal, who received safe harbor from Saddam Hussein.
Tell that to the Israeli families who lost loved ones because your hero–Saddam Hussein (whom we “unjustly” removed)–paid families of suicide bombers $25,000.
The low blow of all this is Carter calling Bush a liar for listening to his advisers, who–incidentally–are far more knowledgeable than Carter with respect to any foreign matter.
Of course, I can’t blame Carter for being so vocal about his successors: in order to cover up his failed legacy, he must resort to attacking those more honorable than he. God knows he had to really bite his pride and attend the Reagan funeral, as we celebrated a President who took Carter’s debacle and–in 8 years–left America strong and prosperous while liberating over hundreds of millions of people.
Carter should do the whole world a favor and stick to working for Habitat for Humanity. After all, every time he opens his mouth on anything else, he shows the world what an inept President he was.