As far as I can remember, I pretty much ignored the kerfuffle over Jimmy Carter’s book, and I don’t intend this as a late arrival to the party, only, as put-downs go, this one’s really good:
Jimmy Carter is not so much anti-Semite as anti-intellectual, not so much a Jew-hater as a boor. The real explanation behind his limitless hostility to Israel is a total lack of any moral understanding.
Carter wants to do what’s just. His heart’s in the right place. He just can’t figure out what the right is. He is, and always has been, a man of good intentions bereft of good judgment. He invariably finds himself defending tyrants and dictators at the expense of their oppressed peoples. Not because he is a bad man, but because he is a confused man.
CARTER SUBSCRIBES to what I call the Always Root for the Underdog school of morality. Rather than develop any real understanding of a conflict, immediately he sides with the weaker party, however wicked or immoral.
One of the main reasons I ignored the whole thing (or tried to, if I didn’t), was because just about everything about it, whether blog entry or otherwise, was always prefaced “But he’s such a nice man” as if that should excuse one from being told off when one’s being a flipping moron. There are lots of nice men out there, but many of them are still idiots, and none of them get to be presidents or deserve to have books published on sensitive international affairs which, had they been presidents, would have done a lot to unsettle those affairs. It’s just all so stupid.