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… John Nichols posts his MVPs for the 2006 political season. The column is a good insight into the far left’s view of themselves, their allies, and the political landscape. It also has some truly outrageous stuff, such as this nauseating bit on Jimmy Carter:

Thomas Jefferson said when left the presidency that he was retiring to a higher position: that of citizen. And it is as a citizen that another former president, Jimmy Carter, continues to make profound contributions to the nation. Increasingly frustrated by the failure of both the Bush administration and Democrats in Congress to take seriously the duty of U.S. officials to operate as honest brokers in the festering dispute between Israel and Palestine, Carter penned the most important book ever written by an ex-president: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid (Simon & Schuster). Carter’s frank assessment of the history and current character of the Middle East peace process has earned him vilification from those who would maintain an untenable status quo. Old friends and allies have abandoned him because of his willingness to echo the sentiments of Israeli peace activists by declaring that: “Palestinians must live in peace and dignity, and permanent Israeli settlements on their land are a major obstacle to this goal.” Carter has been let down by a U.S. media that is supposed to encourage open debate and discourse. And, yet, he has persevered in explaining to true friends of Israel and Palestine the need to recognize that a lasting peace, while possible, will not be achieved until the United States and other powerful nations get serious aboutpromoting sincere negotiations. “An overwhelming majority of citizens of Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Palestine want peace, with justice for all who live in the Holy Land,” argues Carter. “It will be a shame if the world community fails to help them reach this goal.” As a citizen who happens to have a Nobel Prize for Peace on his mantle, Carter is doing his part to avert that shame.

ME: How silly. “Old friends and allies” have abandoned Carter because he makes stuff up in order to make our enemies look good. Nobody disagrees that Palestinians “must live inpeace and dignity” and many supporters of Israel would even support the Palestinians’ grievances over land if murdering Jewish children (and each other) wasn’t so popular among them. I fully agree that serious negotiations are the key to resolving the conflict. This is why the absence among the Palestinians of any person or group that can speak for them and bind them all to an enforceable settlement is the single most importatn obstacle to peace. There is no point in talking to Abbas if Abbas speaks only for himself and there is nothing that Israel can do about it. But there is something Jimmy Carter could do: Explain Thomas Jefferson and the responsibilities of democraticcitizenship to the Palestinians, rather than pontificating endlessly about how aweful America and Israel are.


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