Carter's Arab financiers ,
Washington Times, DC - Dec 20, 2006
Between 1976-1977, the Carter family peanut business received a bailout in the form of a $4.6 million, "poorly managed" and highly irregular loan from the National Bank of Georgia (NBG).
According to a July 29, 1980 Jack Anderson expose in The Washington Post, the bank's biggest borrower was Mr. Carter, and its chairman at that time was Mr. Carter's confidant, and later his director of the Office of Management and Budget, Bert Lance.
At that time, Mr. Lance's mismanagement of the NBG got him and the bank into trouble. Agha Hasan Abedi, the Pakistani founder of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), known as the bank "which would bribe God," came to Mr. Lance's rescue making him a $100,000-a-year consultant.
Abedi then declared: "we would never talk about exploiting his relationship with the president."
Next, he introduced Mr. Lance to Saudi billionaire Gaith Pharaon, who fronted for BCCI and the Saudi royal family.
In January 1978, Abedi paid off Mr. Lance's $3.5 million debt to the NBG, and Pharaon secretly gained control over the bank.
Mr. Anderson wrote: "Of course, the Saudis remained discretely silent... kept quiet about Carter's irregularities... [and] renegotiated the loan to Carter's advantage...according to... the bank files, [it] renegotiated the repayment terms... savings... $60,000 for the Carter family... The President owned 62% of the business and therefore was the largest beneficiary." Pharaon later contributed generously to the former president's library and center.
When Mr. Lance introduced Mr. Carter to Abedi, the latter gave $500,000 to help the former president establish his center at Emory University. Later, Abedi contributed more than $10 million to Mr. Carter's different projects.
Even after BCCI was indicted — and convicted -— for drug money laundering, Mr. Carter accepted $1.5 million from Abedi, his "good friend."
BCCI's origins were primarily ideological. Abedi wanted the bank to reflect the supra-national Muslim credo and "the best bridge to help the world of Islam, and the best way to fight the evil influence of the Zionists."
Shortly after assuming office, in March 1977, Mr. Carter made his first public statement regarding a Palestinian "homeland." Since then, he has devoted much of his time to denouncing Israel's self-defense against Palestinian terrorism, which he claims is not only "abominable oppression and persecution" of the Palestinians, but also damages U.S. interests in the region.
By the time BCCI was shut down in July1991, it operated in 73 countries with a deficit of $12 billion, which it had managed to hide with wealthy Arab shareholders and Western luminaries. Among them Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan of Abu Dhabi, who gave hundreds of millions of dollars to Yasser Arafat and Palestinian terrorist groups, and who branded the United States: "our enemy number one"; Former head of Saudi foreign intelligence service, and King Faisal's brother-in-law, Kamal Adham — who with another Saudi, the banker of the royal family, Khaled bin Mahfouz, staged BCCI's attempt to illegally purchase the Washington-based First American bank, in the early 1980s.
True to its agenda, BCCI assisted in spreading and strengthening the Islamic message; they enabled Pakistan's nuclear ambitions, and helped the Palestinian leadership to amass a $10 billion-plus fortune, used to further terrorist activities and to buy more influence in the West.
BCCI founders also supported the Islamic fundamentalist opposition to the Shah of Iran, and saw it as an opportunity to undermine Western influence in the Gulf. They assisted the revolution financially, reinforcing their position within the leadership of the Iranian revolution.
Ironically, the success of that revolution cost Mr. Carter his presidency
BCCI's money also facilitated the Saudi agenda to force Israel to recognize Palestinians "rights," convincing Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the Camp David Accords in September 1978.
Since then, Mr. Carter repeatedly provided legitimacy to Arafat's corrupt regime, and now, like the Saudis, he even sides with homicidal Hamas as the "legitimate" representative of the Palestinian people.
In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Carter again laid responsibility for U.S. bias against the destitute, depressed and (consequently) violent Palestinians on American policy makers' helplessness, over the last 30 years, against the menacing tactics of the powerful American-Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC).
However, it seems that AIPAC's real fault was its failure to outdo the Saudi's purchases of the former president's loyalty.
"There has not been any nation in the world that has been more cooperative than Saudi Arabia," the New York Times quoted Mr. Carter June 1977, thus making the Saudis a major factor in U. S. foreign policy.
Evidently, the millions in Arab petrodollars feeding Mr. Carter's global endeavors, often in conflict with U.S. government policies, also ensure his loyalty.
- The latest example of this moral incoherence can be found in the title of
ex-President Jimmie Carter’s book Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid. The use of “apartheid” to describe the measures Israel is forced to
take to defend its citizens from being blown up by murderers is obscene...
Carter’s harping on the “Israel lobby,” the latest model of that old “Elders of Zion” calumny in which nefarious Jews rule the world, suggests that Carter may harbor some unpleasant prejudices.
Suicidal Tendencies Of The West by Bruce S. Thornton [author, academic] 12/20/06. theOneRepublic.com
Carter's book basic conclusions are the following:
- Israel responsible for "a brutal and unjust occupation"
- Arabs are the most brave freedom-fighters and they urgently need our helps.
He told many times in his interview that if American
people have mostly favorable opinion about Israel, it
means that "Israel lobby" controls
Carter spoke to NEWSWEEK's Eleanor Clift:
... the powerful influence of AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee]... they have a perfect right to lobby, but ... any member of Congress who's looking to be re-elected couldn't possibly say that they would take a balanced position between Israel and the Palestinians, or that they would insist on Israel withdrawing to international borders, or that they would dedicate themselves to protect human rights of Palestinians—it's very likely that they would not be re-elected"
Newsweek Dec. 25, 2006 - Jan. 1, 2007 issue
- Gallup Polls on American Sympathy Toward Israel and the Arabs/Palestinians
- The Harris Poll® #67, August 30, 2006 -- More U.S. Adults See Israeli Government as an Ally or Friend than They Do Twelve Other Middle Eastern Countries
- The Harris Poll® #60, August 3, 2006 -- Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan Continue to be Countries Most Widely Seen as Close U.S. Allies
Meanwhile some of the Leftists / Islamists suggest that Mr. Carter can do more for them. In order to incourage Mr. Carter to make even stronger anti-Israel statements they remind him some of his past "not too good action":
During his term as President, Mr. Carter ordered the CIA to train death squads (benignly labeled "contras") based in Honduras to oppose the Sandinistas after they overthrew the dictator Somoza in Nicaragua. Nice.
His generous foreign policy initiatives weren't limited to Central America. Carter increased the supply of arms and munitions to the Indonesian government despite their invasion of East Timor. More than 200,000 civilians were slaughtered there, nearly a third of the population.
Remember the Islamic fundamentalist Mujahideen? Carter funded their military buildup in order to entice the Soviet Union to invade Afghanistan. This resulted in the complete devastation of that country which led to the rise of the Taliban, friends of Osama Bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the attacks of 9/11.
History has long fingers that touch us in ways never anticipated when its hand is first lifted. The trail of blood left by the Carter administration has dried to a dark stain which is largely ignored by his admirers. Who was it that supported the Khmer Rouge while they committed genocide in Cambodia? Jimmy Carter.
The list of Mr.
Carter's dictatorial pals while he was in office is quite impressive.
by Joe Mowrey www.dissidentvoice.org
December 25, 2006.
Francisco Chronicle", December 20, 2006. By David Makovsky:
Carter's book bathes Arab leaders in a very positive light and takes Arab statements at face value but casts the Israelis as often being disingenuous.
His depiction of Yasser Arafat after becoming head of the Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO) in the late '60s emphasizes that he spent
much of his "attention to raising funds for the care and support of
the refugees and inspiring worldwide contribution to their cause."
Really? In fact, his group was engaged in the early '70s in a bloody civil
war in Jordan, cross-border attacks against Israelis from Lebanon
including civilian terror attacks, maintaining a shadowy link to the Munich
massacre at the 1972 Olympics, and killing the U.S. ambassador to the
December 16, 2006
Why has the Angry Left suddenly decided to resurrect Jimmy Carter and promote him as some kind of saint? Why is Carter suddenly so full of himself that he writes books like this then refuses to debate?
The answer is simple: Carter is an asshole and the Angry Left is desperate for a hero.
I browsed through the book at Barnes & Noble recently and rather than buying it I wanted to rip it up. Carter’s bias against Israel is so apparent it is loathsome, and his distortion of the facts and glaring inaccuracies in the book make it not even useful as a door stop or paperweight.
In my opinion, Carter has to be the absolute worst President this country has ever been saddled with. His administration made every mistake in the book and then some.
His recent public statements and books only serve to remind me of the mess he made of everything. If you want to read an even better rebuttal of Carter’s book and also to see why Carter refuses to debate Alan Dershowitz, trot on over to the Huffington Post and read Dershowitz’s critique of Carter’s book.
Be sure to read the comments of the Carter sycophants from the Angry Left that Huffington seems to attract.
Like Carter, they spew venom and insanity and refuse to listen to any dissenting opinion. Carter himself refuses to debate the very book he supposedly wrote “to stimulate debate”. That is a clear indication to me that he knows his arguments are just as full of crap as he is. Using the word “apartheid” in the title of a book about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict is nothing more than a sensationalist, self-aggrandizing attempt to clean up his “legacy.”
Carter should do us all a favor and go into retirement before he goes
completely senile. He is already halfway there.
Jones. Flanders, NJ responded Dec 16:
Since Jim Carter became the speaker of the left wing liberals, liberalism and anti-Semitism goes hand in hand.
It is about appeasement of the Islamic terrorists and blame Israel and the Jews for the desire of the Iranian evil and barbarian regime of Ahmadinajad to destroy Israel and repeat the holocaust as called upon him in the 7th century Koran.
James Baker who provides personal legal services to Saudi Arabia also claimed that reducing the size of Israel to a seven miles width ghetto surrounded by Islamic terrorists would solve the sectarian war in Iraq where Shiite and Sunnis are killing each other with Islamic vendetta since the 7th century.
Jimmy carter hatred to Israel is so deep that he used in his book ‘unconfirmed’
material [arab street favotite rumors] to make his hateful point for
pandering barbarian Islamic terrorists that call for the destruction of
Carter the unbiased observer of the Middle East that he claims to be. He has
accepted money and an award from Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, saying in
2001: "This award has special significance for me because it is named for
my personal friend, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan."
This is the same Zayed, the long-time ruler of the United Arab Emirates, whose $2.5 million gift to the Harvard Divinity School was returned in 2004 due to Zayed's rampant Jew-hatred.
Zayed's personal foundation, the Zayed Center, claims that it was Zionists, rather than Nazis, who "were the people who killed the Jews in Europe" during the Holocaust.
It has held lectures on the blood libel and conspiracy theories about Jews and America perpetrating Sept. 11.
Carter's acceptance of money from this biased group casts real doubt on his objectivity and creates an obvious conflict of interest.
© Copyright 2006 Globe Newspaper Company. Why won't Carter debate his book? by Alan Dershowitz | December 21, 2006.
INTERVIEW WITH JIMMY CARTER. August 15, 2006.
Carter: No, as a matter of fact, the concerns I exposed have gotten even worse now with the United States supporting and encouraging Israel in its unjustified attack on Lebanon.
SPIEGEL: But wasn't Israel the first to get attacked?
Carter: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon.
What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that's justified, no.
Carter: I think I represent the vast majority of Democrats in this country.
... some 10,000 people rallied in the center of metro Detroit's Arab-American community in Dearborn on Tuesday...carried signs saying "Down, down Israel" ...
"We know that the president is being bought by the Zionist lobby. We know that the (U.S.) Congress is being bought by the Zionist lobby ... a speaker held a portrait of Hassan Nasrallah, Hizballah's secretary-general. The crowd burst into applause.
Rana Abbas-Chami, deputy director of the Michigan Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, called ... The U.S. is just as guilty as Israel is. History will not forgive, nor will it ever forget, these ..."
Many people among metro Detroit's Arab-American population say they believe Hizballah -- considered a terrorist group by the U.S. government ...
BY NIRAJ WARIKOO, FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS. July 19, 2006