Yesterday, former US President Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, not for the Peace Treaty he played a part in negotiating between Egypt and Israel on March 26, 1979. But for his efforts in negotiating a nuclear non proliferation agreement with North Korea in 1994.
Well, he screwed up! Not only was North Korea busily furthering their nuclear research and development while Carter was busy running around being the international dupe, they were actually building atomic bombs.
In exchange for North Korea’s promise not to develop a nuclear weapons program, much less nuclear warheads, Carter convinced Clinton to give the North Koreans the kitchen sink in terms of economic aid and international cooperation.
For this; Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize which includes the “ultimate” in prestige and a cool $1 million dollars.
Everything with the Nobel Committee was moving along just swell, until North Korea announced to the world, about a month prior to the awarding ceremony, that they had created the technology, and wherewithal to build nuclear weapons, in spite of Carters vaunted “agreement”.
Since the declaration of the North Koreans shot to hell the reason for giving Carter the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel Committee conveniently pushed the original reason aside, and declared that Carter is the recipient because of his multi-faceted efforts at creating world peace and bettering the condition of mankind.
If we were to take a closer look at Carter’s legacy and contribution to the USA and the world, while he was the President, and beyond; his CV doesn’t look all that good.
Under Carter’s watch as President of the USA, the Iranians captured the US embassy in Teheran, and held 54 Americans hostage for 444 days. The only effort made at their rescue at the decision of Carter, ended in a miserable failure in April of 1980, where American Special Forces died in a mishap on the desert terrain of Iran.
Because of Carter, this entire Iranian episode oozed American incompetence and military impotence. It was only after Ronald Reagan was elected in a lopsided victory to oust the hapless Carter, did the Ayatollah Khomeini free the American hostages on the very day of Reagan’s inauguration. Unlike the bumbling Carter, Khomeini new exactly what to expect from the new President.
Carter also led one of America’s worst economies since the Great Depression. I can’t think of anything this guy did that was good for the American people. Let alone the world.
With all of this knowledge in hand, remarkably, the Nobel Committee still decided to honor former President Jimmy Carter with the Peace Prize. This states as much about the incompetence of the Nobel Committee and the value of their pronouncements as it does about its recipients.
What about the Israel/Egypt Peace Treaty? Wasn’t Carter instrumental in bringing these two enemies together in making peace with one another? No!
Israel was always ready to make peace. The Arabs were (are) not. But after the Six Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973), Egypt finally got the message, that fighting Israel is a zero sum game. And being a friend to the USA was far greater than being its enemy.
So here’s how the Carter deal went: Menachem Begin and Anwar Saddat decided to make peace. Saddat went to Washington, and asked Carter what the US was willing to provide to Egypt, if it agreed to stop trying to destroy Israel. Carter pledged billions of dollars in annual aid of all kinds, which the USA is still paying.
Saddat wanted Israel to return ALL the land it conquered from Egypt in successive wars and battles since 1967, including the return of all of Egypt’s oil wells in the Sinai, plus the dismantling of Jewish Settlements. Israel agreed.
In essence, here was Carter’s “great deal” on the Israeli/Egyptian peace agreement. Egypt agreed to stop killing Jews. Israel agreed to return All the spoils of war including the captured Egyptian territory, and subsequent Israeli development. And Carter paid the Egyptians off for their effort. Some deal.
Carter is, and continues to be a boob. Even during his acceptance speech, he couldn’t help himself from speaking out against Israel, but not more than just a mention of some of the despicable worldwide thugocracies, especially concerning his good friends the Saudis, who have “donated” a fortune to Carter’s library and other interests.
For the great world humanitarian, Carter doesn’t say much about the horrific treatment of women in Moslem countries, including Saudi Arabia. He says nothing about the thugocracies amongst his third world “developing” buddies. But he does tee off on democratic tiny Israel.
When you listen to Carter speak, milk and honey flows from his lips. He is the master of platitudes. “We all have to love each other. We all have to learn how to get along. We all have to assume responsibility for each other’s economic and social welfare. We all have to be more generous. We all have to learn how to sacrifice. We all have to be more understanding of other people’s cultures”. And on and on it goes.
It’s easy to stand up anywhere and everywhere in the world and mouth off these sugar and spice homilies. It is yet another thing to admit that the world isn’t all sweetness, especially when most of the world is ruled by savages, who are only too happy to enslave women, use children soldiers, substitute democracy for religious fundamentalism, destroy modernity, and CHEER like hell when planes take down American monuments and vaporize innocent men, women and children.
It is one thing to be a sugar and spice, everything nice, do-nothing do-gooder, when the balance of the world isn’t in your hands, and whatever you do or say is meaningless. It is a completely different thing when you are the President of the United States of America, and what you do or don’t do carries enormous consequences, not just for the USA, but for the entire world.
On every front, President Jimmy Carter was an absolute loser as President of the United States of America. And he is no more deserving of the Noble Peace Prize than is Yasser Arafat, for different reasons, but for the same principle.
If any US President ever deserved to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for REALLY bringing peace to the world, it is the guy who said on May 12, 1987 in Berlin: “Mr Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall”. And as a result, the Berlin Wall finally fell. And along with it, the Communist (Evil) Empire and the Cold War.
Ronald Reagan will never win a Nobel Peace Prize, because Ronald Reagan wasn’t nice like Jimmy Carter. He was a warrior who saw the enemy for what and whom it was, and he was prepared to engage and defeat the enemy at all costs. And by Nobel standards, this isn’t nice. And it isn’t worthy.
As I write this piece, and as Jimmy Carter receives his reward for not doing what the award said he did with North Korea, the North Koreans were caught red-handed on the high seas, delivering Scud Missiles in a secret effort to arm Yemen, a terrorist hotbed.
We live in a mixed up world where fools and frauds are rewarded for deeds undone.