Dear Mr. Carter,
I’ll get right to the point. As you spew your disgusting commentary and once again show your anti-Semitic ways by saying that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the origins of Islamist violence, let me remind you of what is actually one of the main origins of modern-day Islamist violence. The failed presidency of one James Earl Carter, Jr.
Back when Iran was in the midst of radical change, you did nothing. When Iran kidnapped more than 60 Americans in Tehran in 1979, you were powerless to get these hostages released. Your failures empowered the beginning of Iran’s worldwide Islamic revolution, a revolution based in violence and terror. To be quite frank Mr. Carter, Muslims should hate you for this as well. You set the stage for what has been nothing short of an ongoing catastrophic disaster. While Americans languished as hostages for 14 months, all you offered were reasons and excuses for why you did nothing. You failed the hostages, you failed your country, and you failed the world. Instead of owning up to your failings back then, you have chosen to once again fail everything that is sacred. Most of all the truth. I guess you feel that you would rather align yourself with terrorists today than admit to the world that you emboldened them.
It is rare that I am this disturbed when I write one of my Open Letters, and once again it is my respect for the United States, its government, and the office of the President that tempers my verbal attack on you, but make no mistake. It is not based on any respect I have for you, for I have none. Rumor has it that you are an intelligent man, so I can only assume your words come from cowardice and bigotry. Either way they are words many consider to be disgraceful coming from a former American president. You were an embarrassment to the office then, and you continue to be one today.
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January 14th, 2015 at 6:16 pm
If you think Carter, or Jesus, or anyone else could have prevented the Shah’s overthrow, then you are sadly mistaken.
I do think Carter has a strong pro-Palestinian bias, but, at the same time, let us stick to reality
January 15th, 2015 at 12:03 pm
Carter was the last “good president” that the US had. One of the reasons he could not get the hostages back was because Ronald Reagan’s election team had negotiated a deal with them to hang onto them until he was elected in return for arms which were shipped through Israel to Iran. It was a pretty covered up deal which could not be proved at the time, but later some key players admitted it. Former Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir and former Israeli spy Ari Ben-Menashe both affirmed the allegations true, while “retired Israeli General Yehoshua Saguy, who was head of Israeli military intelligence in 1980, said Prime Minister Menachem Begin claimed American approval for Israel’s secret 1980 weapons shipments to Iran. But the approval had not come from President Carter, who had angrily objected to the shipments when he learned of them.”
Shamir, who was Israeli foreign minister in 1980, raised the October Surprise issue in an interview in 1993, “What do you think? Was there an October Surprise?”; “‘Of course, it was,’ Shamir responded without hesitation.
“They made a deal with Reagan that the hostages should not be released until after Reagan became president. So, then in return, Reagan would give them arms. We have published documents which show that U.S. arms were shipped, via Israel, in March, about 2 months after Reagan became president.”
—Former Iranian President Banisadr
January 16th, 2015 at 9:49 am
Actually you are ONLY HALF RIGHT! Carter’s pathetic weakness on the world stage convinced the Soviets they could get away with invading AFGHANISTAN. The modern Taliban/ISI/alQaeda evil alliance was born out of the need to stop the incursion. You can argue that the US training and weapons under Reagan was instrumental in the victory but the victory would never have happened if Carter had been stronger.