Jimmy Carter and the Politics of Apology – by Jacob Laksin


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When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jimmy Carter is no stranger to apologies. The former president has spent years making excuses for Hamas, championing the Palestinian jihadists as the embattled victims of Israeli aggression – the group’s exterminationist founding charter and record of terrorism notwithstanding. Now it’s Israel’s turn to profit from Carter’s dubious public relations tactics.

After years of demonizing the Jewish state on the world stage, Carter at last has seen the error of his ways. Or so he says: Last week, Carter issued a statement to the Jewish community in which he apologized for his role in tarnishing Israel’s image and, invoking a traditional Jewish prayer, asked for forgiveness.

“I never intended or wanted to stigmatize the nation of Israel, even though I have disagreed with the settlement policy all the way back to the White House,” Carter reportedly said. He also urged that “[w]e must recognize Israel’s achievements under difficult circumstances,” and that “we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel.”

In completely unrelated news, Carter’s grandson, 34-year old Atlanta attorney Jason Carter, is running for a state senate seat in a suburban Georgia community that just happens to be home to a proportionally small but politically significant Jewish population.

If Carter’s conversion to nuance on the issue he has long viewed through a thoroughly anti-Israel lens seems more than a trifle expedient, it is. This after all is the man whose 2007 book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, notoriously equated democratic Israel with South Africa’s regime of racist discrimination. The author now suggests that he overstated his case, and that he regrets the book’s inflammatory title. Carter remains critical of Israeli settlements, but he now allows that Palestinians aren’t actually suffering under the yoke of racist apartheid. His mistake

For Israel’s supporters, that concession, however self-evident, could still be welcome. Yet it’s difficult to see Carter’s mea culpa as a genuinely good-faith effort to undo the damage his campaigning has done to Israel’s reputation. Most conspicuously, there is the convenient timing of his contrition, which comes as his grandson aims to fill a post vacated by Jewish politician – David Adelman, now the Obama administration’s nominee for ambassador to Singapore – in a district with an influential Jewish community. In such circumstances, having one of the world’s preeminent detractors of the Jewish state as a direct relative is not exactly a selling point.

Even if opportunism doesn’t fully explain Carter’s apology, his second thoughts remain deeply suspect. Just days before airing his regrets, Carter published an op-ed in London’s Guardian that rehearsed many of the anti-Israel tropes for which he now purports to be sorry.

In making a case for a renewed Middle Eastern peace process, Carter excused Arab intransigence (“no Arab or Islamic nation will accept any comprehensive agreement while Israel retains control of East Jerusalem”); whitewashed Palestinian terrorism (Carter made only an oblique reference “Palestinian recalcitrance”); and blamed Israel and Israeli leaders for the failure of past negotiations even as he exempted Palestinians from comparable scrutiny.

Equally deplorable, if typical, was Carter’s one-sided and selective account of the background of the conflict. Though lamenting the “intense personal suffering” of Palestinians living “under siege in Gaza” in the aftermath of last year’s war, Carter never mentioned the relentless eight-year rocket bombardment of Israeli cities and villages that forced the Israeli offensive. Similarly, Carter denounced Israel’s reluctance to allow the shipment of construction materials like cement into Gaza, but failed to note both that Israel has indeed allowed some limited shipment of materials and the reason why it has to screen such shipments in the first place: Construction materials are routinely used by Palestinian terrorists to build rockets and fortifications. In yet another revisionist flourish, Carter accused Israel of destroying Palestinian schools and hospitals with “precision bombs missiles” during the Gaza war, while omitting the critical fact that they often served as havens for Hamas gunmen who tried to exploit the Israeli military’s restraint and its reluctance to strike civilian targets.

But nothing betrayed Carter’s biases as plainly as the one concrete proposal he offered to begin the peace process: urging the United Nations Security Council to pass even more resolutions condemning Israel. It was precisely the kind of stigmatization of Israel for which Carter would reject within days. Apologizing for such attacks apparently did not mean abandoning them.

Unfairly singling out Israel for criticism is not the worst of Carter’s sins. After all, the United Nations, whose Goldstone report is only the most recent example of the agency’s anti-Israel animus, has long made a habit of doing just that. Far more harmful to the interests of enduring peace in the Middle East is the ex-president’s longtime courtship of Hamas terrorists.

Carter has made no secret of that sinister partnership. On his travels to the Palestinian territories, Carter routinely sings the terrorist group’s praises, assuring all who will listen that, were it not for Israel’s belligerence, Hamas long ago would have accepted a ceasefire and laid down its arms. At times, Carter’s apologetics have gone from the merely credulous to the pernicious, as when he claimed that the tunnel networks that Hamas used to attack and kidnap Israeli soldiers were really “defensive” structures.

That the United States and Europe consider Hamas a terrorist group has not dampened Carter’s enthusiasm for the jihadists. In January 2006, he called on the international community to defy laws on terrorism financing and launder money to Hamas in the form of relief aid. Not even Hamas leaders themselves can convince Carter that peace is the furthest thing from their intentions. Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshal has never hidden his support for suicide terrorism and has called destroying Israel the “destiny” of the Palestinian people. That didn’t keep Carter from seeking out Meshal for a friendly chat about peace negotiations in the spring of 2008.

If Carter truly feels that an apology is in order, he might consider atoning for his role in promoting a terrorist organization that has murdered thousands of Israelis, brutalized its fellow Palestinians, poisoned the political climate in the region, and destroyed any hope for a present-day peace settlement. But that sorry contribution to the peacemaking that Carter still claims as his life’s work would require something more substantial than a bankrupt and cynically proffered apology.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    Weally Warry?? Why would I hide the truth from anyone? It's zionist kikes like YOU who always resort to name-calling, demeaning replies, threats and vulgarity at the end. It's called Typical Kike Behaviour or TKB.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    You're a fag. A spineless, crybaby bitch kike fag. Go soak your mommies dress with your tears wittle Warry.
    YOU have YET to evenm attempt to disprove my statements. What's the matter? Too much education for your lemming brain, you insipid douchebag?

  • antifascist18

    go flush your head in the toilet bowl…and keep thinking its spring water, pissant,

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    Disprove ANY of my statements asshole. Do that instead of just posting your stupidity. You're as bad as the JEWS when it comes to debating the truth.
    Lucky for you the Corps is still 'don't ask don't tell', neh??

    DD

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    Sounds like you done that to guys before. Is that how you get your kicks fag boy?

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    So what? Sgt E-5, 1BN, BCo, Libya, DS in '90. You write as if your brains been scrambled from all that DDT they dropped on your peace nik ass.
    I'll grudgingly admire your balls and guts for serving our country, something half these nutless cocksuckers could never do.
    Semper Fi!

    DD

  • antifascist18

    figured out what you are, fairy – david duke or his boyfriend. makes no difference, you're still a gutless fairy…and you still drink toilet water, girlieboy.

    lol.

  • USMCSniper

    Those were great days living in country with my bros. We were jolly green giants with M14s and bad attitudes, walking the rice paddies with guns. Those zipperheads we wasted each day were the finest human beings we ever knew. After we rotated back to the states, we missed not having anyone around that's worth shooting until recently.

    Allah has a hard-on for we Marines because we kill every raghead we see! He plays His games, we play ours! To show our appreciation for so much power, we keep heaven packed with fresh raghead souls! Allah was here before the Marine Corps! So they can give ragheaded heart to Allah but their taghead asses belong to the Corps! Do you raghead lovers understand?

    The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle. It is our killer instinct which must be harnessed if we expect to survive in combat. our rifles are only our tools. It is a hard heart that kills. If our killer instincts are not clean and strong we will hesitate at the moment of truth. We will not kill. We will become dead Marines.

    As for all the ragheads. Kill 'em a;;. put 'em all in piles and burn 'em and let Allag sort 'em. There is nothing like the smell of burning ragheads in the early morning, Ha ha

    Akingu I know your type well. You would give it to you buddy in the ass and not even have the goddamn common courtesy to give him a reach-around.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    You know me well? HA! You're rhetorically parroting your MC codes of honor without a single free thought of your own. Sad really.
    Those ragheads were our Allies in the 70s and if it wasn't for the kikes and their assassinations, treasonous actions against Americans and making it look like the Arabs did it, well, we wouldn't BE fighting them but rather fighting WITH them to get rid of the yids that infect their lands!

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    hey dumbass, it wasnb't ARABS buysted FILMING, CHEERING AND DANCING as the planes hit out towers! It wasn't the ARABS who got phone calls from JEW-OWNED ONEGA telling them to stay out of jew york!
    Explain THAT asshole! Also explain the 3 jews driving the van packed full of explosives with the WTC mural pained on the side, you ignorant faggot commie!
    DO IT BITCH! ANY OF YOU! Explain THAT!

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    really fag boy? cyber eunuchs like YOU always get their assed kicked when they come face-to-face with guys like me.
    You think you can take on a combat experience Marine, you faggot-sucking, nigger-loving, commie asshole?? Feel free: Covington, OH. 937-558-1478. Call me when you get here. Bring some friends.

  • jacob

    TO AKINGU :

    I was surprised learning that an alleged US Marine would have such prejudiced ideas and use publicly the profanity you use…

    To begin with, allow me to tell you are so full of you-know-what, it is not only pathetic but I bet you the whites of your eyes are also BROWN.

    So now all of sudden, this moron claims that the scum that caused the 9/11 horror weren't ARABS and that those dancing
    and giving out candy in QUEENS, celebrating the horror, weren't ARABS but JEWS…! ! !

    Allow me to tell, you stupid bastard, that you have the biggest chrome plated brass balls I ever heard of any ignorant and stupid idiot to show.
    Next you are going to state that the murderers of US Presidents ever assassinated were also JEWS, Right ??

    And what other sin your rotten mind wants to come up with ??

    Thank GOD, Americans haven't shed a drop of sweat, let alone
    of blood, for ISRAEL, because if it would ever be so, biased
    morons like you would be ranting and raving about it to the end
    of times…

    But let me remind you that anyone can throw shit on the wall but only the experts can make it stick.
    And neither you nor any of your ilk are any such experts…

    And I rather believ you are as much of Marine as I'm the Pope, because to swallow all that crap, line, hook and sinker, you must a raghead…
    No Marine can be that stupid

  • CowboyUp

    I'll take your word for it, I'm not up on “pedo” lingo or practice, and don't care to learn, but then I'm no carter fan either.

  • CowboyUp

    My family life was obviously much different from yours, but I'm starting to see where your PhD in perversion came from. From the filth you're spewing, It's obvious you also suffer from rectal-cranial inversion syndrome, and see evil as good. By all means, continue making a fool and *ss of yourself, and acting your shoe size.

    I did serve, and yes it was and is the muzzies and commies. I'm a proud Christian Zionist, and I accept none of the choices the jihadis offer me, opting instead to give them their martyrdom.

  • CowboyUp

    I think the only army he ever served in was the HALO army, he sounds more like a schoolkid still impressed with profanity.

  • Alan

    Hey Cowboy Up,

    I almost chose not to respond to the lil' lobotomy candidate and pissant perv aka akingu but you hit it right on the nail.

    Ever check out his website? Very funny. He hates Jews, he hates Christians, he hates Obama, who's a natural ally of girlieboys like “him”. So, we're obviously dealing with one Danielle aka David Duke or one of “her” boyfriends.

    Just another Fascist fruitcake who had both his toys and his meds taken away from him, and “he's” also bawling because the diaper is dirty and smelly and “he” doesn't know how to change it. Maybe one of “his” Arab Muslim boyfriends whom “he” absolves for 9/11 (yep, must be dem Jooz agin) is available to help or service akingu – doesn't matter what.

  • Alan

    akingu was never in the u.s. marines. maybe the girlieboy castro street golden showers sailors, but never a Marine. They don't recruit girlieboys or pissants even though they did recruit Jim Baker and Jim Jones.

  • antifascist18

    You're a moron and a transgendered loser, akingu. Go home – Castro Street or better yet, the roach fece hotel in Gaza is awaiting you.

  • antifascist18

    you were disproven, discredited and just plain dissed a long time ago, hitlerite asshole. Go back to your roach fece covered Muslim boyfriend and your roach fece dinner, dopey.

  • CowboyUp

    That should have read “losing WW1.”

  • geraldahonigman

    TheNewMediaJournal.US

    Gerald A. Honigman

    Apology Not Accepted…
    December 26, 2009

    Ex-President Jimmy Carter has recently asked Jews for forgiveness.

    Among his other sources of conflict with members of the Tribe are his persistently, one-sided takes on Arab-Israeli issues culminating in his book equating Israel with the former apartheid regime of South Africa.

    Carter claims that the fact that his grandson is now running for office in their home state of Georgia has nothing to do with his apology. He states that Jews only make up 2% of the county where his grandson lives–about the same percent that Jews make up in the nation at large–and so uses this as further evidence of the integrity of his intentions.

    Hogwash!

    Now, before I go any further, let me say that I voted for Carter in the '70s.

    I liked his approach to environmental concerns. I believed that, given the way man has trashed this planet, any further mistakes–if they had to be made–needed to be on the side of caution and sane conservation.

    For a number of reasons–especially after the Iran fiasco–I soon came to regret my decision.

    I'll never forget watching the Democrat National Convention on television a while back, and watching Carter chasing after that other hero of the Arabs, general anti-Semites, and the ultra left.

    Yes, there was Mr. “Apartheid Israel” kissing the derriere of his Hollywood producer comrade, Michael “Israel is one of the three top evils in the world” Moore.

    Birds of a feather, peas of the same pod, and so forth.

    Like other Gentile politicos, the Democrat, Carter, has received millions of dollars from Arabs for his help in demonizing Israel and Jews. Ex-Secretary of State James f_ _ _ the Jews, they don't vote for us anyway Baker III, a Republican, is his worthy counterpart. Both have plenty of company.

    Well, I have a way Jimmy can put this all to rest…sort of.

    Since he is a man of the world whose books do indeed reach millions and influence world opinion, I have a new assignment for him–one which he should not have had me have to assign to him.

    After all, for decades now, if Israel took one too many breaths, he was there to investigate, criticize, and dissect it under the high power lens of moral scrutiny. Most often, his critiques were given little or no context whatsoever. Jewish victims were constantly blamed themselves when issues such as blown buses, checkpoints, the security barrier, and such were discussed. Constantly, Arabs were given a virtual free pass in Carter's assessments.

    While constantly indulging in such hypocrisy, Carter acted deaf, dumb, and blind regarding what was happening in the region surrounding the nation of the Jews–his perpetually favorite target.

    So, since he couldn't figure out that he needed to do this himself, here's his assignment. If he completes it, his words of apology to Jews might gain some credibility.

    Jimmy, your first task is to travel to re-visit your friend, Bashar al-Assad, the butcher of Damascus and author of the “Hama Solution's” son, in Syria.

    I'm sure that the last time you guys met, the word “Kurd” never left your lips…while you were discussing mutual disgust regarding the nation of the Jews.

    So, since you worry so much about Arab rights and conditions–which are harmed precisely because they want that tiny, sole nation of the Jews dead–you must now, at long last, demand that “Arab” Syria stop murdering and subjugating its millions of Kurds. The latter are not even allowed to speak their own language, have been forcibly Arabized for decades–yet I don't recall a peep about their plight ever being uttered from your lips. Only America's toppling of Saddam changed things for the better for “Arab” Iraq's millions of Kurds. Again, not a peep out of you about them, nor concern over their brethren in the Turkish and Iranian portions of Kurdistan either…some thirty five million perpetually used and abused stateless people. Why hasn't their plight caught your attention?

    The second part of your assignment will take you to “Arab” North Africa.

    Since you are allegedly so concerned about human rights, you will finally have to break your troubling silence about the plight of another truly stateless people (Arabs have almost two dozen states; “Palestinians”–no matter how you define them–are Arabs), the thirty million or so Imazhigen/Berbers, who predate their Arab conquerors by millennia and who, like the Kurds, have had their own language and culture outlawed by Arabs and who have been murdered if they have resisted. All of these things are happening in the here and now. Amazigh parents being told they must name their children with Arab names and other such goodies.

    Why the silence?

    If this was Israel doing one tenth of this , you'd be writing another book about those nasty Jews.

    Okay, moving on.

    Your next assignment has you moving just a bit south and east into the Sudan.

    While Darfur in the west has been making the news of late, the forced Arabization of the south by the north has been going on for centuries and exploded once again in the '60s.

    Where has Carter been while this Arab enslavement, genocide, and such against black Africans (and not only in the Sudan) has been going on? And, unlike the most of the south, the blacks in Darfur are also Muslims…so, this goes beyond a religious jihad and truly involves Arab racism, pure and simple. Many quotes from black victims have testified to this.

    And where has he been when millions of native Copts in “Arab” Egypt suffered this same subjugation, intimidation, Arabization, murder, and such? Or regarding the plight of the Middle East's native Jews– those whom Arabs call “their” kilab yahud…Jew Dogs. One half of Israel consists of such Jews from “Arab” lands…the other half of the refugee problem Carter doesn't seem to know or care about.

    Alright…it's time to bring this to an end.

    So, here's the deal, Mr. Carter…

    Write your book and give your speeches and write your articles taking Arabs to task for the crimes they have committed against everyone else in the region besides themselves–real crimes, not measures Israel has been forced to take to merely survive Arab slaughter–and those Jews who care (many don't, so they will support you right now) will take you seriously.

  • CowboyUp

    Ah, he was US Coast Guard, who I'd never forget (people from my school went in every branch). I thought his link was to someone else's conspiracy theory page and didn't bother at first. Anyone who'll ride a cutter or smaller through a storm more than once may well be the Ahole he appears, but he's no wuss.

    I'm now wondering if his youngster is on daddy's computer. I've never known a US NCO, much less an Officer with such lame insults. Both are usually much more creative.

  • antifascist18

    If he ever did serve in our Armed Forces, be it Marines or Coast Guard, he's a disgrace. Sure, there are Neo-Nazis who have served, just ask Jeremiah Wright, can't ask the late, unlamented, killed by one of his own boyfriends George Lincoln Rockwell…but they're usually unstable types who have been discharged on a section 8. Could be his kid – or someone with access to his PC, but highly unlikely. If he could speak so disparagingly about America's Allies – and Lie through his teeth about both Jews and Christians, then there is something drastically wrong with the lobotomy candidate.

  • CowboyUp

    Though on occasion your insults get lame and you forget to make a point sometimes, your insults and points are usually much better than anything he's posted.

  • antifascist18

    p.s. i just re-checked the pervert's page and saw nothing about coast guard service, just some idiotic support of Muslim AIDS carriers and babykillers that anyone who truly served in our military wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole.

    If this bonzo bozo – yep, he's as much a bonzo as Obama is – considers Palestinians who blew up Americans on planes allies, well, he's one very sick fuck.

  • CowboyUp

    I never bought into the 'vicious circle' theory, and I see no equivalence between us and them (who use human shields, deliberately target civilians, and don't wear uniforms). That's partly because I've found disproportionate response is the only thing that works against the mentality we and the Israelis are dealing with.

  • Lary9

    I am existentially comfortable with pointlessness. As a result I never have to deny anything.

  • Lary9

    Liar, liar! Pants on fire!
    No further comment.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    jews can't stand it when the truth hits them in the face like a cow turd. whining, pleading, proclaiming their innocence all the while they stab you in the back and pick your pockets and rape your baby.
    Mmmmm fresh matzo and the blood of a Gentile baby……MAZELTOV!

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    Actually, Rupert Murdoch IS a filthy kike. see “Who Rules America”. Bronfman, Eisner, Murdoch, Rothstein, ALL own and run media America.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    A Christian Zionist?? what an oxymoron, and well, you're just a moron and a waste of sperm.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu
  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    you're the commie faggot. i kicked the shit out of your little wigger, nigger-loving, jew-sucking dope-smoking buddies at protests before. you're all pathetic, weak and worthless.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    and you're a fag wanna be cowboy too, I'll guess. wear your 10 gallon hat to the gay bars as a pick up line.

  • http://www.lemmingreport.blogspot.com Akingu

    you faggots haven't disproven shit! PROVE that it wasn't the JEWS who were busted dancing, filming and cheering on 911 as they filmed the attack!! DISPROVE IT!!

    disprove THAT jews din't get phone calls from Onega!

  • DemocracyFirst

    Sorry to disappoint a filthy anti-Semite, but Murdoch is not Jewish.

  • CowboyUp

    Pssst…your insecurity is showing. You must really hate yourself, lol.

  • CowboyUp

    Ever hear of the Old Testament? Us Christians are half Jewish off the bat, sh*tforbrains.

    Your momma didn't think it was a waste. I guess you were doin' your dad a favor at the time and missed it.

  • antifascist18

    Hey You,

    Yeah you, you stupid piece of human fece. You dumbshit Fascist Fruitcake. If it wasn't for the Jews you wouldn't be alive asshole…You claim to be an former U.S. serviceman, I'll just bet they dumped you with a section 8. Anyone who'd stick up for the same Muslims who gave us 9/11 is a GODDAMN TRAITOR – and that is exactly what you are aQUEENQUEERu.

    You have proven NOTHING about Jews – but we sure can prove a lot about you and your Muslim buddies including that Obama you claim you hate, asshole. You and he are bedroom buddies.

    You wouldn't last five minutes with real American soldiers and you know it.

    If you don't like it here with Dem Jooz, then kindly get the FUCK out. I hate using obscenities but sometimes a plumber hhas to clean the sh*t like this sh*t for brains grandson of Hitler and Obama.

  • antifascist18

    Since he loves talking about 'em AQueerU has proven “himself” to be a regular at those gay bars – heck, he's probably done his “girlfriend” Hedda Lettuce. After all, the Dic has “her” photo on “his” manure-streaked website.

    LOL.

  • antifascist18

    You got A Phone Call from your hairy-assed fag boyfriend Osama Bin Laden, aqueeru.

    Probably did Arafat too – don't forget that Ay-rab Muslim faggot died of AIDS. Should have been sooner than later, but I'm sure aqueeru was in his cracks.

    LOL.

  • Marc

    Wow what kind of self delusion have you guys fallen into? Both the article and the comments are crazy!
    Do you guys really think there never ever have been any wrongdoings by the US or Israel?
    Free speech is there to make criticism possible, but what I read here is a total character assassination of charter.

    The point is that Palestinians lived in Israel / Palestine before the Jews, now they are living in concentration walled off areas, basically ghettos. You guys really think this is an absolutely one sided conflict?

    PS: Comment guidelines: "3. No ad hominem attacks. " Haha the author of this article should have read that!

  • Maurício Campos

    Israeli crimes are so disgusting. She sionists are unable to distinguish crimes of self defense. Tho them, it´s all the same.