December 21, 2006

Jimmy Carter = Caitiff

Here's a surprise: Pathetic ex-president Jimmy Carter is refusing to debate the content of his new book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid. The blogosphere, not to mention myriad clear-thinking individuals elsewhere, have pointed out how preposterous Carter's "book" is. (Fellow Watcher's Council member JoshuaPundit has a couple good take-downs of Carter, among others.) To gain just a glimmer of Carter's irrationality, the ex-prez believes the Palestinian situation to be worse than the apartheid in South Africa, and -- stupefyingly -- worse than the Rwandan genocide of the mid-90s.

Alan Dershowitz is the challenger to Carter of greatest statutre at the moment. Dershowitz, who shredded the iconoclastic Noam Chomsky in an Israel-Palestine debate early in the year, points out how Carter is making himself look foolish on the issue:

When Larry King referred to my review several times to challenge Carter, Carter first said I hadn't read the book and then blustered, "You know, I think it's a waste of my time and yours to quote professor Dershowitz. He's so obviously biased, Larry, and it's not worth my time to waste it on commenting on him." (He never did answer King's questions.)

The next week Carter wrote a series of op-eds bemoaning the reception his book had received. He wrote that his "most troubling experience" had been "the rejection of [his] offers to speak" at "university campuses with high Jewish enrollment." The fact is that Brandeis President Jehuda Reinharz had invited Carter to come to Brandeis to debate me, and Carter refused. The reason Carter gave was this: "There is no need to for me to debate somebody who, in my opinion, knows nothing about the situation in Palestine."

As Carter knows, I've been to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, many times -- certainly more times than Carter has been there -- and I've written three books dealing with the subject of Middle Eastern history, politics, and the peace process. The real reason Carter won't debate me is that I would correct his factual errors. It's not that I know too little; it's that I know too much.

Carter claims he wrote his book to spark debate on the Israeli-Palestinian question; so, why is he refusing to participate in them? Because, as Dershowitz says, "Carter isn't brave for beating up on Israel. He's a bully. And like all school-yard bullies, underneath the tough talk and bravado, there's a nagging insecurity and a fear that one day he'll have to answer for himself in a fair fight."

Posted by Hube at December 21, 2006 06:40 PM | TrackBack

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