Monday, October 25, 2004

Don't Look at Me -- They All Loved Us Then

The paper that recently brought us Operation Clark County and, just this weekend, published an overt plea for the assassination of President Bush, is back with another insipid installment. Today, the Guardian runs a story based on an interview with the man who is the poster-child for failed American leadership -- Jimmy Carter. Asked whether our current struggle with islamo-fascism might not find its root in the Iranian Revolution and accompanying hostage situation, Carter observes:

"The entire Islamic world condemned Iran. Nowadays, because of the unwarranted invasion of Iraq by Bush and Blair, which was a completely unjust adventure based on misleading statements, and the lack of any effort to resolve the Palestinian issue, [there is] massive Islamic condemnation of the United States."

So, Mr. Carter is of the opinion that, during his tenure, all of Islam was with us. The fact of the matter is that the power which held Americans hostages for more than a year was the world's only Islamic power (which makes the statement "the entire Islamic world condemned Iran" more than a trifle silly -- surely Iran did not condemn itself). Here, Carter is probably focusing on the Arab regimes that condemned Iran. But exactly none of those regimes were "Islamic" regimes. Who, praytell, does Carter hold out has having spoken for the "entire Islamic world"? Of course, he doesn't say -- he just makes the assertion (surprise, the Guardian lets him get away with it). At any rate, what of those condemnations? Carter assumes as fact that any condemnations issued by his contrived "Islamic world" were borne of fellow feeling and respect for America. How gullible can you get?

Also, as an aside, I suppose the ululating jigs (scroll down) in the Middle East on September 11 were danced in preemptive response to the "unjust adventure" that liberated millions of real people from the cold fist of real oppression. Until Iraq, oh how they loved us.