Greetings from the Land of Enchantment: Newsflash

Monday, December 18, 2006


I just read about Jimmy Carter's new book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, and all the flak he's been receiving re: the title. There is so much rhetoric around Israel that when someone actually calls a spade a spade, he in turn gets called an anti-semite. Well we all know that that claim is ridiculous. HE won the Nobel Peace Prize for God's sake for negotiating one of the few successful peace deals in the Middle East.

I personally look forward to reading his new book and seeing his perspective on the situation as it is now. Carter as an ex-president has done more to promote peace and goodwill than all the other ex-presidents put together. He's thoughtful, he's faithful, and he's a man of dialogue not diatribes. The fact that he's willing to put his reputation on the line at this stage of the game and toward a VERY touchy subject only shows his caliber. The unwillingness of the US press to even acknowledge the legitimacy of his perspective only shows their continued duplicity and unwillingness to see the situation as it actually IS and not the rhetoric that continually claims the right to illegal and illigitimate means toward an end that I don't even know that is their right to claim, much less moral.

How escalated does this need to get for people to sit back and look at what is actually happening? Our resistance to what is only makes the situation worse. And we can't trust the US press to say anything fair or equitable about it. We're lost in a storm of extremes. This is the one are where I do thank god for Sasha Cohen, the comedian. He at least can laugh at the knee-jerk reaction that calls everyone an anti-semite that doesn't hold the party line, but he can get away with it because he's laughing at everyone! Yes there are bigots out there, but I feel safe in saying without any reservation that Jimmy Carter is not one of them.


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