Jimmy Carter On French Terror Attacks: Stems From Palestinian Problem


If there was any doubt that Jimmy Carter was one of the densest men to ever be President of the United States, he’s doing his level best to erase all doubt.  On Monday, his peanut farmerness appeared on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and had this to say about the source of frustration that results in terror attacks from Islamic extremists:

“Well, one of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem,” Carter replied. “And this aggravates people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza, what they are doing now — what’s being done to them. So I think that’s part of it.”

Quote courtesy of The Daily Caller

The man is seriously stuck in the 70s.  When it comes to western, Judeo-Christian tensions with Islamists, the Israel-Palestine conflict has taken a back burner to Iran possibly having a nuclear weapon, the end of the World War I fix to the territory we call Iraq failing under tribal pressures that predate it, Muslim fundamentalists flying planes into buildings, cartoonists getting shot over poking fun at the quibbles of a religion, wholesale take overs of neighborhoods and imposing Shariah Law in countries where freedom is the law of the land, “civil” wars in countries that used to be our allies in the Middle East….  Jimmy, honey, we’ve moved on from Palestine.

To further add to the mush that is the foreign policy paradigm that got him bounced from office in 1980, Carter had this to say about the “evolutionary development in terrorism”:

“But I think this is a new evolutionary development in terrorism, where people go into Syria, they get trained there, they have a passport from France, from Great Britain or from the United States,” he added. “They stay there for a few months and learn how to be a terrorist and then they come back through Turkey and you know they have been there and you know who they are. And I think this event in Paris is going to waken up the people in charge of security to watch those people more closely than they have in the past — and not single out all of the Muslims in the country.”

No one can learn the intricacies of being a terrorist beyond the basics in a few months.  It takes years.  And who says Turkey is the only way into the west?  Training centers are everywhere.   Frankly, if more Muslims would speak up against the violence and attempt to assimilate and live side by side with Christians and Jews, the idea that all Muslims are not culpable would gain more traction.  As it is, uh, no.

For video of the exchange, go to The Daily Caller.

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A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.