Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Jimmy Carter's new book on Palestine and Israel is, according to this review, astonishing in its undocumented distortions and outright fabrications. A sample:
It is not difficult to understand why Democrats wanted the publication of Jimmy Carter’s slim new book (216 pages of text, large print and no footnotes), with its tendentious title and its superficial analysis, delayed until today, a week after the election. The anti-Israel bias is so clear, the credulous description of Arab positions so cringe-producing, the key “facts” on which Carter relies so easily refuted by public documents, that the book is an embarrassment to Carter, the Democrats, the presidency and Americans.
It is hard to decide which is more discomforting—what Carter put in or what he left out. Let’s start with his own words, and let him speak for himself, and then note what no knowledgeable observer of the Middle East could have ingenuously omitted....
Read the whole thing, and then remember that no matter how discredited this book will be within the United States, it will sell millions of copies around the world.
Carter's books have moved steadily from platitudinous to accusatory over the years.
People have to understand: Iran, Israeli-Arab relations, and economic intervention defined his entire presidency. Subsequent events have shown him to be not only wrong, but dangerously wrong, hideously wrong on all three. Therefore, to defend himself he must attack core realities, and seeks out those who live in similar denial. They love him.