Friday, January 12, 2007

Mr. Insincere

Say it ain't so ..

It's hard to read Alan
Dershowitz's denunciation
of former President Jimmy Carter without getting a
sinking feeling. Dershowitz summarizes the huge sums which investigative
now say Jimmy Carter received from Arab and Islamic sources. And
they are considerable. The Saudis bailed out his peanut farm in 1976. The
infamous BCCI and Saudi billionaire Gaith Pharaon actually helped with the
startup funding of the Carter Center. Carter himself is quoted fulsomely
thanking Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the long time ruler of the UAE,
for donating half a million dollars. From what is known Carter has received tens
of millions of dollars from Arab and Islamic sources. And that, argues
Dershowitz, is behind the former President's tireless campaigning against
Israel. He says so in the most brutal and accusatory terms: "Carter ... has
been bought and paid for by anti-Israel Arab and Islamic money." But it is
one of Dershowitz's sources, Dr.
Rachel Ehrenfeld
, who provides the most food for thought: "seems that
AIPAC's (American-Israel Political Action Committee) real fault was its failure
to outdo the Saudi's purchases of the former president's loyalty". The
sinking feeling is the realization that this is what political viewpoints might
come down to.

No kidding. My take on Jimmy Carter was always that he was a sincere guy, had the best of intentions, 'too nice for the job of President' and all that jazz. Illusions die hard, and leave bitter feelings.

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