Jimmy Carter, as we are often reminded, is a man of peace. A very devout Christian who has done exceptional work towards helping people, both as a public and private figure. His works with Habitat for Humanity and other causes are admirable, and it was under his oversight that the Camp David Accords, the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, were signed. And his Center has worked towards spreading democracy and overseeing free and fair elections around the world. In fact, his efforts have been so renowned that he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
So, why is this celebrated man of peace so willing to endorse violence?
Recently, he said in an interview with Al Jazeera that he does not consider the Palestinian rocket attacks on Isarel to be “terrorism.” I’m not sure what term one would use for the firing of unguided, explosive-laden rockets into largely civilian areas, but I’m relieved that this expert on peace is willing to take the bold stand and say it is something else.
And in his recent book on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, he took what has to be a bold and unprecedented position: that the Israelis must take not only the first steps, but many steps towards peace before the Palestinians should give up their terrorist attacks. In fact, his exact words from page 213 of “Peace, Not Apartheid:”
“It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel.”
That’s right. The terrorist attacks can and should continue until Israel accepts the Roadmap For Peace — the plan pushed forward by the Bush Administration and other nations back in 2002. In that… well, never mind the details. They’re not too relevant. It suffices to say that they follow the same pattern as every other “peace plan” put forward for the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict:
- Everyone gets together in some very scenic place with convenient room service and other amenities.
- Grandiose ideas and commitments from all sides.
- Israel makes concessions in accordance with the plans.
- The Palestinians start hemming and hawing on their commitments.
- The Israelis make a few more concessions according to the timeframe.
- The Palestinians announce that they cannot meet their obligations, but insist that Israel continue with its commitments.
- Israel stops its progress, insists that the Palestinians hold up at least one of their obligations before they continue.
- Terrorist attacks erupt in Israel, leaving countless civilians dead and wounded.
- Israel announces it is suspending its participation in the peace process until the terrorist attacks cease.
- The Palestinians announce that Israel is “threatening” the peace process, terrorist attacks continue.
- Israel retaliates against the terrorists, taking the sort of action that the Palestinian authorities ought to be doing.
- The Palestinians announce that Israel has irreparably destroyed the peace process.
- Return to step 1.
This now has the formal imprimatur of a former president of the United States and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in black and white, in his own book.
I used to say that I thought Jimmy Carter was among our worst presidents, but best ex-presidents. Now it seems that he’s dead set on making his post-presidential legacy match that of his single term in office.