Jimmy Carter: Human Rights Violator
Judging the ex-president by his own standards.
June 26, 2012 - 2:21 pm
The Carter Center was oblivious to all this. In a Los Angeles Times op-ed dated April 28, 2010, Carter claimed that
we saw the generally orderly polling that we’d hoped for, and voters turned out in good numbers. However, as we expected, notable flaws in the process prevented the election from meeting strict international standards. Still, the elections fulfilled an important required step….
Understand, Carter published this op-ed eight days after the BBC reported the ballot-stuffing story. Carter did have a change of heart about the “generally orderly” character of the elections about a month later, when he decried the vote counting as “chaotic, non-transparent, and vulnerable to electoral manipulation.” Carter’s stark shift in tone was doubtless a face-saving attempt to hide his embarrassment: his organization, which prided itself on having election “monitors” in all provinces of Sudan both before and after the vote, wasn’t even able to detect, much less to ameliorate, the “chaotic” practices that were so obvious to journalists and others.
Despite his pretense of “serving” nations like Sudan, Carter has helped keep these nations in a state of misery and slavery by rubber-stamping the regimes’ fraudulence and violence. Way back in the 1990s, for instance, Carter opposed placing Bashir on the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. His reason was that such a move would represent “bias” against Muslims. Carter made no mention of the fact that both al-Qaeda and Carlos the Jackal, who were and are responsible for the murders of Muslims and non-Muslims all over the world, were then guests of Khartoum. It was also apparently not “biased” against Muslims that Bashir, after taking over Sudan in a 1989 coup, embarked on a campaign of torture and murder of dissidents all over the country. This is to say nothing of Carter’s cavorting with Fidel Castro, his praising of fellow “peace” prize-winner Yasser Arafat, who murdered American diplomats in 1973 (in Sudan, of all places), and all the books he has “written” comparing the open society of Israel to apartheid-era Pretoria.
In his op-ed, Carter writes that “our country can no longer speak with moral authority on these critical issues.” I propose that he solemnly extend this vow of silence to himself.