Monday, December 22, 2008

Jimmy Carter, the Art of the Striptease and Hatred of Israel

The major newspapers are able to produce a well written obituary for a public figure at the snap of the fingers. They are able to do so because they have an article on the life of the deceased prepared in advanced.

I have stored the video for which I had similar intentions. I was going to put it up on my site on a happy day when Jimmy Carter would stop giving longevity a bad name by assuming room temperature. The latest news about him has moved me to post this video sooner.

Jimmy Carter reminds me of an ancient striptease video we used to watch at the carnival as kids. It was the kind where you flipped through a deck of cards with pictures on them that ran like a movie. This device is known as a fantascope and was invented in 1834. By the time I was in grade school in the mid sixties, it was not uncommon for these devices to be set up in penny arcades with old cartoons and slapstick skits of about two minutes duration .

Most of the fantascope selections were tame and family appropriate. When I was in fifth grade on a school trip we found one that was not, and we were delighted. It was of a woman dancing around in her birthday suit with a towel that always rescued her from charges of indecent exposure at the last moment. We spent countless nickels trying to find a split second in which the dancer was uncovered but she always managed to stay legal. It took a level of skill seldom seen today, and it seemed so effortless.

Jimmy Carter reminds me a lot of the woman on the deck of flipping cards on whom we wasted so many nickels.

When he ran for President,Carter started out with the usual talk of how much he loved Jews and Israel. He had no trouble attracting Jewish votes.

When Carter started the Camp David accords, no one faulted him for wanting to make peace between Israel and Egypt. It seemed like such a nice thing to do. Opposing Carter's efforts seemed like saying that you were in favour of world hunger.

Reports came out of Camp David that Carter and Mondale were really piling on Menachem Begin. Sadat was presented as avuncular and pleasant. Begin was cast as dour and intransigent. When Sadat showed up in Israel with swastikas on his necktie, no one said anything. I mean, how can anybody be so blatant. He was smiling and talking with Begin like a good buddy.

People became suspicious of Carter that he might be giving Egypt and the Arabs too much benefit of the doubt. Was he an anti semite? Nah forget about it! Don't be paranoid. And just when people were ready to peg Carter as being pro PLO, Clinton showed up on the White House lawn with Yitzchak Rabin and Yasser Arafat. Even though Carter hardly bothered with a towel or even a fig leaf to cover his hatred of Israel, Bill Clinton stepped in front of him at the last moment.

The latest news about Jimmy Carter is that he has been back in the Middle East again. This time he has been advising Hamas, the terrorist group now in charge of the Palestine Authority. He was not just saying hello. He was offering political advice and painting them with a veneer of respectability on his website. Between the lines of Carter's slick announcement was a touch of vile perfidy. Carters notes of his trip to Syria are as follows.

"In the afternoon Bob, Hrair, and I met with Khaled Mashaal and his fellow Hamas politburo members, all of whom are scientists, medical doctors, or engineers – none trained in religion. It was the anniversary of Hamas' founding, and they were watching Prime Minister Haniya's speech in Gaza to an enormous crowd. We discussed items on my agenda that included an extension of the ceasefire in Gaza, life there under the Israeli sanctions, the Arab peace initiative, reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, the future of Palestinian leadership and elections in the West Bank and Gaza, and formulas for prisoner exchange to obtain the release of Corporal Shalit. Like the Syrians, they are patient, relatively satisfied with the status quo, and putting all their eggs in Obama's basket. We had to caution them about expecting too much of an immediate change in U.S. Middle East policy."

Corporal Shalit has been missing since June of 2006 when he was kidnapped by terrorists. He is not being held in a summer camp style prison like those in which Arab prisoners are kept. No one knows where he is or if he is alive. But Jimmy Carter is advising Hamas on what price to charge for his release. He has no information to offer Shalit's family. He has no assurance that Shalit is alive, only that Hamas is "satisfied with the status quo". The Geneva Convention, observed so scrupulously by Israel is of no concern to Carter.

Jimmy Carter has dropped the last towel and shredded the last fig leaf covering his naked loathing of Jews and Israel. The focus with this chromosomal approximation of a human being is on whether or not Hamas is"satisfied with the status quo" and and not the well being of a prisoner who is most likely being mistreated, if he is indeed alive. Carter is an adviser to Hamas, pure and simple. Even if you make the dubious assumption that Hamas is not an enemy of the US, Carter is interfering with American foreign policy by negotiating with foreign powers. He is arguably in violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits such negotiations . The act, passed in 1799 and amended in 2004 reads as follows.

§ 953. Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.

1 Stat. 613, January 30, 1799, codified at 18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004).

Carter is no longer the artful striptease performer of anti semitism. If such a striptease establishment were to employ him, he would be tossed onto the street for indecent exposure and for selling himself to the highest bidder. The older he gets, the sloppier he gets about covering himself up, and it's gotten downright ugly.

Like all citizens of the US, Jimmy Carter has a passport that remains the property of the State Department. Even if he is not prosecuted for violating the Logan Act, why is his passport not revoked. It is hard to fully assess the damage Carter has inflicted upon the United States and Israel, its ally. If Jimmy Carter wants to sit in Plains Georgia and jabber about his glory days in Washington, that is fine. But his friendliness with America's enemies makes him a security risk. What is Carter doing in Syria? What information is he sharing? We should stop wondering about Jimmy Carter with his bump and grind hatred of Israel. Tap his phone. Yank his passport. Do it now.

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