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Aug 23rd 2006

revisionist historian, jimmy carter, reveals his philosophy

and it is this: we can “ignore” historical facts.

it came in a recent interview, where he discussed whether german troops should be placed on the israel-lebanon border as part of a peacekeeping force:

SPIEGEL: Should there be an international peacekeeping force along the Lebanese-Israeli border?

Carter: Yes.

SPIEGEL: And can you imagine Germans soldiers taking part?

Carter: Yes, I can imagine Germans taking part.

SPIEGEL: … even with their history?

Carter: Yes. That would be certainly satisfactory to me personally, and I think most people believe that enough time has passed so that historical facts can be ignored. [source]

aha! now i know how he accomplishes his revisionist view of history: he is willing to ignore historical facts he doesn’t like. (this particular statement isn’t that troubling to me–he just chose the wrong words. however, when combined with some of carter’s other “history” lessons, it is quite revealing).

recall some of his remarks on hardball two years ago:

iraqi insurgents are pretty much the same as those americans who fought against britain in the revolutionary war (my paraphrase)
the Revolutionary War, more than any other war up until recently, has been the most bloody war we’ve fought.
The Revolutionary War could have been avoided. It was an unnecessary war. Had the British Parliament been a little more sensitive to the colonial’s really legitimate complaints and requests the war could have been avoided completely, and of course now we would have been a free country now as is Canada and India and Australia, having gotten our independence in a nonviolent way.

one could not come to these outrageous conclusions without ignoring historical facts, or ignoring realities as they presently exist. see the [original post] for more in-depth discussion.

now for a look back at another embarrassing incident in which jimmy carter discusses history. i wrote this earlier this year, but never blogged it for some reason. the following is adapted from my unpublished draft:

[last february] in the middle of what was supposed to be a funeral service for coretta scott king, jimmy carter seemed to equate president george w. bush’s recent terrorist surveillance program with the US government’s wiretapping of dr. martin luther king, jr. in the 1960s. carter must not have had time to explain his inappropriately partisan comments fully (i mean, it was only a 6-hour service), because he left out the following information:

  • the wiretapping of dr. martin luther king, jr. was approved by a democrat (and solely carried out under democrat presidents)
  • jimmy carter, during his own presidency, allowed similar surveillance of suspected spies.
  • these glaring examples show the tremendous liberties former president carter takes with historical facts, not unlike john kerry. it is troubling whenever anyone takes his public comments seriously.

    5 Responses to “revisionist historian, jimmy carter, reveals his philosophy”

    1. doug

      it is troubling whenever anyone takes his public comments seriously.


    2. James

      While I’m decidedly not a true fan of all of Carter’s statements and policies, I do think that he is occasionally trying to douse the flames of public antagonism and extremism. His statements you quote could quite definitely have been better spoken, true. However I personally do not have such an unusually extreme reaction to his statements. His opinions are much less draconian than many other public figures I have heard recently.

      Your hostile reaction to his quotes suprises me since I came to this blog via “Planet LDS.”

    3. ….such an unusually extreme reaction….

      Your hostile reaction….


      His opinions are much less draconian than many other public figures I have heard recently.

      so the only people you would criticize are ones with “draconian opinions.” great. i felt like i needed to criticize mr. carter because he (1) implied at coretta scott king’s funeral that george bush and republicans don’t care about black people (but democrats do), and (2) the american revolution was unnecessary, pretty much the same as the iraqi insurgency, and the revolutionary war was “the bloodiest war we’ve fought until recently.”

      these opinions are not only factually very wrong, but dangerous. you dislike draconian comments. i dislike lies. i dislike people using funerals to make (misleading) political statements. i dislike people comparing the united states revolutionary war heroes to al-qaeda.

      as someone who came here via planet lds, i’d think you’d have a little more respect for the american founding, if nothing else. but good luck in your crusade against draconianism.

    4. James

      Well, I’ll definitely give you #2. That was a very stupid thing to say publicly and I don’t agree with it at all. And the reason I don’t is exactly what you have called out – I do have a great deal of respect for America and it’s founding fathers. And what he said was just petty, foolish and inane. (Although the point he was attempting, but failing to make is valid; you must have respect even for your worst enemies. They are God’s children too. They are extremely misguided and dangerous and you should protect yourself as best you can. But at the end of the day they are no less or more human than we are and should be treated as such.)

      He must have been off his meds that day. 🙂

      As for #1, I just re-read his speech and I tend to agree with what he said. His *implications* against the current administration you may not agree with, and you definitely have your prerogative to do so. But the *facts* he stated are correct.

      On the other hand, I will agree with you that the funeral was an extremely poor location to state those facts. But given the strong political character of the King family, it’s next to impossible not to bring up the subject. Virtually every speaker that day did touch on politics in some way.

      I dislike lies too and so we definitely have something in common. And thanks for your “good luck” wishes. I’m trying.

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