Saturday, December 16, 2006

Jimmy Carter is an intellectual coward

Carter says that his book on Israel and the Palestinians, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, is supposed to provoke debate and serious thought about the situation there. But he won't travel to Brandeis to debate Alan Dershowitz over the content of his book. His excuse is that Dershowitz knows nothing about the situation in Palestine. Well, wouldn't that make him an easier debating opponent to face? And, Dershowitz has written a book about Israel, The Case for Israel, and has written often both defending Israel and attacking some current policies of the Israeli government. He's also published criticism of Carter's book. Of course, Alan Dershowitz hasn't been accused of plagiarizing Dennis Ross's maps and mischaracterizing them to boot as Carter has.

In a column in the L.A. Times, the former president whined that he couldn't get invitations to speak on campuses with large Jewish populations.
My most troubling experience has been the rejection of my offers to speak, for free, about the book on university campuses with high Jewish enrollment and to answer questions from students and professors.
Gee, would Brandeis University be one of those campuses with large Jewish populations that refused to invite Jimmy Carter to speak? Well, no. They invited him but to a debate. Carter doesn't have the courage of his convictions to actually debate one of his critics in front of a student body with a large Jewish population. He is an intellectual coward who just wants to face adoring audiences of those who already agree with him.