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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Is Jimmy Carter being bribed by the Arabs?

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Is Jimmy Carter being bribed by the Arabs?

This is not Carter bashing. All real friends of Jimmy Carter must ask this question, so let's have no knee jerk reactions here. Please note - I did not write that Jimmy Carter is being bribed by the Arabs. I never wrote that Jimmy Carter is being bribed by the Arabs. Show me where I wrote that Jimmy Carter is being bribed by the Arabs.
 
Here is is the evidence in a Frontpage magazine report :
 
Especially lucrative have been Carter's ties to Saudi Arabia. Before
his death in 2005, King Fahd was a longtime contributor to the Carter
Center and on more than one occasion contributed million-dollar
donations. In 1993 alone, the king presented Carter with a gift of
$7.6 million. And the king was not the only Saudi royal to commit
funds to Carter's cause. As of 2005, the king's high-living nephew,
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has donated at least $5 million to the
Carter Center.

Meanwhile the Saudi Fund for Development, the kingdom's leading loan
organization, turns up repeatedly on the center's list of supporters.
Carter has also found moneyed allies in the Bin Laden family, and in
2000 he secured a promise from ten of Osama bin Laden's brothers for
a $1 million contribution to his center. To be sure, there is no
evidence that the Bin Ladens maintain any contact with their
terrorist relation. But applying Carter's own standard, his extensive
contacts with the Saudi elite must make his views on the Middle East
suspect.
I am not Carter bashing. I do not question the right of Jimmy Carter to exist. I did not check the truth of the allegations in Frontpage magazine, and similar allegations made elsewhere previously. It is quite possible that the Carter Center is financed from Mr. Carter's peanut fortune, or from the funds that his brother Billy got from the Libyan government, rather than from Gulf countries.
 
I just wanted to provoke controversy and discussion you understand, because it is nearly impossible to have any debate about Jimmy Carter or to criticize him in any way without raising a storm of protest and knee-jerk reactions from the all-powerful Carter supporters.
 
Ami Isseroff

 
Jimmy Carter and the Arab Lobby

<http://www.frontpagemagazine.com/Articles/authors.asp?ID=2454>

Jacob Laksin
FrontPageMagazine.com | December 18, 2006

Nothing demonstrates more clearly the defects of Jimmy Carter's
latest brief against Israel, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, than the
ex-president's reluctance to defend the book on its merits. Rather
than take up that unenviable task, Carter has sought to shift the
focus away from the criticism -- especially as it concerns the book's
serial distortions and outright falsehoods -- and onto the critics.

In particular, Carter claims that critics are compromised by their
support for Israel, their ties to pro-Israel lobbying organizations,
and -- a more pernicious charge -- their Jewish background. In
interviews about his book, Carter has seldom missed an opportunity to
invoke what he calls the 'powerful influence of AIPAC' with the
subtext that it is the lobbying group, and not his slanderous charges
about Israel, that is mainly responsible for mobilizing popular
outrage over Palestine. In a related line of defense, Carter has
singled out 'representatives of Jewish organizations' in the media as
the prime culprits behind his poor reviews and 'university campuses
with high Jewish enrollment' as the main obstacle to forthright
debate about his book on American universities. (Ironically, when
challenged last week by Alan Dershowitz to a debate about his book at
Brandeis University, which has a large Jewish student body, Carter
rejected the invitation.)

Bluster aside, Carter's chief complaint seems to be that anyone who
identifies with Israel, whether in the form of individual support or
in a more organized capacity, is incapable of grappling honestly with
the issues in the Arab-Israeli conflict. But Carter is poorly placed
to make this claim. If such connections alone are sufficient to
discredit his critics, then by his own logic Carter is undeserving of
a hearing. After all, the Carter Center, the combination research and
activist project he founded at Emory University in 1982, has for
years prospered from the largesse of assorted Arab financiers.

Especially lucrative have been Carter's ties to Saudi Arabia. Before
his death in 2005, King Fahd was a longtime contributor to the Carter
Center and on more than one occasion contributed million-dollar
donations. In 1993 alone, the king presented Carter with a gift of
$7.6 million. And the king was not the only Saudi royal to commit
funds to Carter's cause. As of 2005, the king's high-living nephew,
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, has donated at least $5 million to the
Carter Center.

Meanwhile the Saudi Fund for Development, the kingdom's leading loan
organization, turns up repeatedly on the center's list of supporters.
Carter has also found moneyed allies in the Bin Laden family, and in
2000 he secured a promise from ten of Osama bin Laden's brothers for
a $1 million contribution to his center. To be sure, there is no
evidence that the Bin Ladens maintain any contact with their
terrorist relation. But applying Carter's own standard, his extensive
contacts with the Saudi elite must make his views on the Middle East
suspect.

High praise for Carter's work -- and not inconsiderable financial
support -- also comes from the United Arab Emirates. In 2001,
Carter even traveled to the country to accept the Zayed International
Prize for the Environment, named for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan
al-Nahyan, the late UAE potentate and former president-for-life.
Having claimed his $500,000 purse, Carter enthused that the 'award
has special significance for me because it is named for my personal
friend, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan al-Nahyan.' Carter also hailed the
UAE as an 'almost completely open and free society' -- a surreal
depiction of a rigidly authoritarian country where the government
handpicks a select group of citizens to vote and strictly controls
the editorial content of the newspapers and where Islamic Shari'a
courts judge 'sodomy' punishable by death. (To appreciate the depth
of Carter's cynicism, one need only compare his gushing encomia to
the emirates with his likening of Israel, the most modern and
democratic country in the entire Middle East, with the racist
'apartheid' of South Africa.)

On top of these official honors, Carter was offered a forum at the
Abu Dhabi-based Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow Up, the
country's official 'think-tank.' For his part, Carter declared his
intention to forge a 'partnership' with the center; in a 2002 letter,
Carter praised its efforts to 'promote peace, health, and human
rights around the world.' Inconveniently for Carter, the cen?er has
since become famous for a different reason: It has repeatedly played
host to anti-Semitic speakers who have denied the Holocaust,
supported terrorism, and alleged an international conspiracy of Jews
and Zionists to dominate the world. (Harvard University, in contrast
to Carter's enthusiasm for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan,
rejected a $2.5 million from the?ruler in 2004 due to his tie? to the
Zayed Center.)

Nor does this exhaust the list of Carter's backers in the Arab world.
Still other supporters include Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who sits atop
Oman's absolute monarchy. An occasional host to Carter, the sultan
has also made generous contributions to his center. Prior to inviting
Carter for a 'personal visit?' in 1998, the sultan pledged $1 million
to the Carter Center, promising additional support in the future.
Similarly, Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham Ben Abdallah, the second in
line to the kingdom's throne, has in the past partnered with Carter
on the center's initiatives.

On its face, there is nothing objectionable about these contacts.
What has raised critics' eyebrows is Carter's immense chutzpah: In
securing the financial support of assorted Arab leaders, Carter has
gradually come to parrot their anti-Israel political agenda -- even
as he styles himself as a dispassionate mediator in the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This was nowhere more evident than in Carter's credulous support for
the late Yasir Arafat. Although Carter had championed Araft as a
committed peacemaker since his presidency, in the face of ample
evidence to the contrary, his apologies for the terrorist chieftain
became particularly shameless in the 1990s. When Arafat and his PLO
backed Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, thereby loosi?g the
support and -- more ?mportant for the corrupt Arafat -- the funding
of neighboring Sunni Arab powers, Carter emba?ked on a Middle East
publicity tour to revive Arafat's diminishing fortunes. As recorded
by Carter biographer Douglas Brinkley, 'together [Carter and Arafat]
strategized on how to recover the PLO's standing in the United
States.' In desperation, Carter turned up in Saudi Arabia on what
Brinkley called 'essentially a fund-raising mission for the PLO,'
pleading with King Fahd to restore Arafat to the Saudi dole.

Now that Arafat's Fatah has been replaced with Hamas, Carter has
again proven himself a reliable ally of Palestinian extremism.
Scarcely had the terrorist group ascended to power last January than
Carter launched a media blitz urging the United States to circumvent
its own laws against financing terrorism in order to fund Hamas. As
the New York Times put with exquisite finesse, Carter called on
Western nations to "redirect their relief aid to United Nations
organizations and nongovernmental organizations to skirt legal
restrictions' -- that is, to launder money to a terrorist group. When
American policymakers declined to heed his advice, and Israel proved
unwilling to bankroll the enemy seeking its destruction, Carter
promptly denounced the both countries for their 'common commitment to
eviscerate the government of elected Hamas.'

With its relentless disparagement of Israel and its reckless abuse of
the historical record, Carter's latest book may fairly be seen as the
logical culmination of his many years of anti-Israel incitement.
There was of course no shortage of clues about Carter's sympathies in
his earlier books. In his 2004 memoir Sharing Good Times, for
instance, Carter recalled the trips he has taken over the years to
Arab dictatorships in Syria and Saudi Arabia and noted with evident
satisfaction that he was 'always greeted with smiles and friendship.'

Readers may be forgiven for finding nothing shocking in this
admission? Carter may still harbor illusions of grandeur, seeing
himself as an instrument of peace in the Middle East. But an
altogether different element explains his enduring popularity in Arab
capitals: Not for all the millions they have sunk into the Carter
Center over the years could Arab elites have hoped to purchase such a
prominent and willing propaganda tool.

 


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3 Comments:

  • In the last few years there has been a push for full disclosure. A reader of a scientific study about the positive effects of smoking may become somewhat more skeptical upon discovering that the study was funded by a major tobacco firm. Ditto for financial advisers -- they need to disclose their financial ties. This is not to say that someone who receives funding from Source X will instantly be biased to favor X -- or that all findings should be immediately thrown out as worthless. It's just that the reader should know (the information should be available), and the reader can then be able to keep this in mind when considering the conclusions of an author. This is less about bribery than it is about maintaining professional standards of objectivity, balance.

    And, as the author of the FrontPage article argues, with Jimmy Carter, it is his sheer hypocrisy which is most aggravating. Perhaps Carter goes beyond even hypocrisy and enters into "projection," that is, what he accuses others of, he, himself is most guilty. I have noted (as I'm sure many, many others have also) of the number of times Arabs project onto others what they themselves are doing -- they seem to completely lack what in psychology is termed "insight." Under different circumstances, this would also be funny. But because the stakes are so high, Carter is not so much funny as he is dangerous. I find Carter past "creepy" and into "scary."

    By Blogger J.S., At December 19, 2006 4:05:00 PM GMT+00:00  

  • Well said. Let him taste his own medicine!
    Rachel Yane.

    By Blogger Rachel, At December 19, 2006 4:11:00 PM GMT+00:00  

  • I agree with Amy's article and do believe that something is amiss with our former president.
    He is either senile or got so greedy that at this point in his life he does not carte who he offends. When someone pulls the religion card and refuses to debate folks that disagree with him that iondicates to me that there is a hidden agenda at play. I would love to find out what it is.

    By Blogger Zygi Boxer, At December 19, 2006 6:02:00 PM GMT+00:00  

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