Tuesday, December 02, 2003[posted by jaed at 4:02 PM]
That phrase again
Jimmy Carter spoke yesterday at the event that introduced the "Geneva Proposal" for the Middle East (basically Oslo II, so far as I can tell, except without the participation, approval, or interest of either polity involved):
"had I been elected to a second term, with the prestige and authority and influence and reputation I had in the region, we could have moved to a final solution."This is disquieting. (Three years ago I would have said "horrifying", but three years ago I didn't know about MEMRI, and my horror meter has been reset since then.) Is he ignorant of what he's implying with that choice of words? It seems unlikely; and Carter is not unintelligent and has never had a problem with articulateness or choice of words. Is it deliberate? If he wants to get the Israelis to accept this concept, implying that its end result will be a second Holocaust seems unwise. Or - most disturbing of all - is this sort of rhetoric so common in the circles in which he moves these days that it just kind of slipped out?