I’m Baaaack!

No, I’m not dead. Just recovering from back surgery.

Anyway, I’m back, and I’m mad. Forget about the Iraq “augmentation.” Forget about Chuck Hagel’s voting to eviscerate the minimum wage law. Forget, even, that clumsy Obama/madrassa smear. Someone has slandered Jimmy Carter.

I saw this on Huffington Post’s BuzzFeed (which I hope they have no control over) and traced it back to its source: WorldNetDaily. The same site that brought you “Soy is Making Our Kids Gay“, that says that Joe Wilson outed his wife, and hired a Jerusalem bureau chief that repeatedly writes about ultra right wing Israelis as mainstream politicians without disclosing the fact that they had ties to the terrorist groups Kach and Kahane Chai.

But I won’t automatically condemn the article because it was from a notoriously unreliable source. Let’s judge it on its merits. It claims that Jimmy Carter sent a note to then director of the Holocaust Memorial Council, Monroe Freedman saying that the council had “too many Jews” and objecting to one historian as having a name that sounded “too Jewish.” The source for this claim is Freedman himself, so it should be credible, right? Unfortunately, it doesn’t stand up well. First of all, he claims over 80% of the council was Jewish, which is somewhat more than proportional to the number of deaths in the holocaust (in fact, gays, gypsies, communists, and the disabled weren’t represented at all). It is entirely possible that Carter wanted a representative sample. Of course, it’s also possible that Freedman is pulling this story out of his ass, or is misremembering something (I’m thinking it’s one of the last two).

The second claim is somewhat easier to disprove, and pathetically easy to justify. WND says that Carter asked for leniency for an SS member who had managed to escape to the US after WWII. He was 17 when he allegedly committed his crime—shooting a prisoner in an escape attempt. Admittedly criminal, but not exactly masterminding the Holocaust. If his sister wrote to me like she did to President Carter, I would have asked for leniency too. Besides that, the source for this claim, Neil Sher, was recently disbarred for embezzling from the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. Not exactly the most trustworthy source, WND. Even Fox News doesn’t regularly trust criminals (outside of the Bush Crime Family) for tips.

Worse than this is the claim that his new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid is anti-semitic. First, a quick definition:

Main Entry: an·ti-Sem·i·tism
Pronunciation: “an-tE-‘se-m&-“ti-z&m, “an-“tI-
Function: noun
: hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group

Jimmy Carter is hostile towards Israel, not Jews. So am I. Israel has done some horrendous things. Have you watched Munich? Behind the scenes, Operation Wrath of God was much worse. Mossad chose their targets not based on who was guilty or innocent, but whose assassination would create the most terror amongst Black September and the PLO. Oh yes, and it didn’t work. Terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians increased after OWG, and it left Israel completely unprepared for the Yom Kippur War, with over 11,000 dead on both sides.

Of course there are other objections to Israel, both their tactics and our unconditional support of a Jewish state, but this post is already too long, and I’m tired. I’ll probably post on this again.


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