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The no-peace prizewinner. (Correction, Please!).

ITEM: The Nobel Peace Prize, said the October 12th Chicago Tribune, capped Jimmy Carter's "rehabilitation and vindication." The paper highlighted the Camp David accords, broke red by Carter, "which brought peace between Israel and Egypt."

ITEM: Carter "chose to help the people of other nations learn from America's grand experiment in democracy," cheered the Orlando Sentinel for October 15th.

ITEM: The Carter Center's website at Emory University, on October 18th, bragged how the former president defused a 1994 crisis when "fears mounted in the United States ... that North Korea was developing a nuclear arsenal.... Following two days of talks with President Carter, President Kim [Il-Sung] agreed to freeze North Korea's nuclear program."

CORRECTION: Presumably the Carter Center's intent is to put the former president in the best possible light. Yet Jimmy Carter should be mortified to be connected in any way with the Clinton-era nuclear accord with North Korea, particularly considering North Korea's admission that it has clandestinely continued its nuclear weapons program. North Korea, you see, was supposed to end that program in exchange for two nuclear reactors (to be financed principally by South Korea and Japan with some help from the United States) and U.S.-supplied fuel oil. The oil shipments, the Wall Street Journal noted recently, cost American taxpayers about $100 million per year. In short, the accord with North Korea is nothing to boast about; it instead amounted to collusion and extortion.

The Camp David accords are nothing to boast about either. Under those accords, Israel and Egypt receive billions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid each year in exchange for not fighting with each other. True, Egypt and Israel have not gone to war since the accords went into effect. But our tax dollars have hardly bought peace in the Middle East.

Nor has Carter helped "the people of other nations learn from America's grand experiment in democracy," if it is understood that "democracy" is an inappropriate word for describing our "grand experiment" in ordered liberty. In truth, Carter's fawning over dictatorships is widespread and well documented. He praised human rights in Communist Poland and under Yugoslavian dictator Tito, and publicly told the brutal ruler of Romania, Nicolae Ceausescu, "Our goals are the same." And his policies helped to install the Communist Sandinistas in Nicaragua and to overthrow the pro-American Shah of Iran.
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Author:Hoar, William P.
Publication:The New American
Date:Nov 18, 2002
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