Saturday, December 16, 2006

Dershowitz v. Carter

Former president Jimmy Carter says he wrote his book, Palestine; Peace, not Apartheid, in order to promote dialogue and action. He says, "There is no debate in America about anything that would be critical of Israel."

Yet the former President turned down a request to debate Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. President Carter says he will not debate beause Dershowitz "knows nothing about the situation." (AP)

If President Carter had really wanted to spur debate this would seem to be an ideal arrangement. Mr. Carter gets the debate he wanted and--if Dershowitz really knows nothing about the situation--the debate should be an easy victory for the former president. So why not accept, unless, of course, Mr. Carter is afraid his whole approach to Middle-East peace will be exposed as faulty.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Why is Israel the focus of this conversation at all? They have their failings, they've made mistakes... but their not the ones who have an inability to stop lobbing rockets at their neighbors , keep sending their citizens to blow up their neighbors civilians in public places, and keep beating the drum about whiping their neighbors off the map. The anti-Israeli governments and groups in the Middle East are the problem. Until they are put in check or accept Isreal's existance there will be no peace.