Jimmy Carter’s Blindfold on Iran

5 Feb

Our old friend Jimmy Carter is at it again, this time downplaying the Iranian threat to Israel.

This week, when asked by Time magazine for his take on Iran obtaining the means to build nuclear bombs, Carter replied:

“Well, of course, the religious leaders of Iran have sworn on their word of honor that they’re not going to manufacture nuclear weapons. If they are lying, then I don’t see that as a major catastrophe because they’ll only have one or two military weapons. Israel probably has 300 or so.”

First, Carter is not quite sure whether the Mad Mullahs are the kinds of guys we should place our trust in. I mean they have “sworn on their word of honor,” right?

Secondly, Carter is not quite sure whether “one or two” nuclear bombs would be a “major catastrophe.”

Maybe it won’t be a major catastrophe for Jimmy Carter, whose foundation, the Carter Center, has pocketed million-dollar donations from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Osama bin Laden’s brothers.

But it sure would be a catastrophe for myself and the other 8 million residents of Israel. Not to mention the entire free world.

Even if Iran decides not to push the button, the mere possession of nuclear weapons would change the balance of power in the Middle East – and world oil markets – in a radical direction. It would likely trigger a nuclear race in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey and elsewhere. For Israel, it could cause a wave of emigration and scare off millions of tourists that form the heart of Israel’s economy.

As for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his pronouncements to “wipe Israel from the map,” Elie Wiesel had this to say: “I belong to a generation that learned to take the enemy’s words of hate seriously.”

But no, Carter can’t understand what all the fuss is about.

Carter has shown a deep anti-Israel streak sine we can remember. This is the same Jimmy Carter who denounced Israel for weapons-smuggling tunnels in Gaza, which he insanely called “defensive tunnel[s] being dug by Hamas.” (Jimmy Carter, “An Unnecessary War,” Washington Post, January 8, 2009)

The same Jimmy Carter whose not-so-subtly named book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, earned the praise of Osama bin Laden. (New York Times, May 7, 2011)

The same Jimmy Carter who called the Shah of Iran “an island of stability” — months before the Khomeini revolution swept through Iran, and who then left 52 American hostages languishing in Iranian captivity for 444 days.

Yet Jimmy Carter purports to be an expert in understanding Iran?!

(All this is documented in my book, David & Goliath)

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