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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:53 AM
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John Nichols: Jimmy Carter Speaks His Mind
from The Nation:



comment | posted November 15, 2007 (December 3, 2007 issue)
Carter Speaks His Mind
John Nichols




Since the publication of his 2006 book, Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, Jimmy Carter has courted the sort of controversy that most ex-Presidents, and all would-be Presidents, avoid. Jonathan Demme's exceptional new documentary, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, highlights that controversy, providing an intimate portrait of a man on a mission. The Nation's John Nichols spoke with Carter about the book, the film and the 2008 presidential campaign.


Q: There is an intensity to this documentary that is not usually associated with someone a quarter-century out of the White House.

A: This was my twenty-fourth book, and I've been on book tours on just about all of them. This is the first time that there has been that degree of intensity and drama and unpredictability--almost an urgency. I wanted to meet as many critics as I could and...it turned out to be quite a remarkable journey.

Q: Early in the documentary, you refer to US media coverage of the Middle East as "abominable" and entirely lacking in objectivity. Did you see yourself as doing battle with the media on the book tour?

A: I was presenting a point of view that the American media rarely have a chance to cover. It would be almost inconceivable for any member of the House or Senate, Republican or Democrat, or any person campaigning for President, Republican or Democrat, to make the statements that I've made concerning the plight of the Palestinians or Israel withdrawing to its 1967 borders with modifications, or things of that kind. So this was a new opportunity for them to cover the Mideast issue from a completely--I'd say almost unprecedented--perspective.

Q: Do you think you moved the political debate forward?

A: Oh, no. It would be amazing for me to hear any candidate for President even mention it--even begin to address these issues in a serious way.

Q: It is accepted today that a former President may, if he is willing to take some hits, say bold things about the Middle East but that candidates for President can't. Isn't that our crisis?

A: That was one of the reasons I wrote the book--and it is the reason I continue to talk about these issues. I saw a complete dearth of any sort of substantive debate. For six years, now seven years, there hasn't been a single day of substantive negotiations between Israel and either Syria or the Palestinians. I wanted to precipitate some movement on the peace process and also bring the issue to the forefront. In other countries, by the way--I've been to Ireland and England and other countries in Europe lately--there is a pretty intense debate. But over here, zero.

Q: Obviously, this is a continuing project for you, initially with the book and now the documentary. As we come into the 2008 presidential election, is there any way that this issue can be made a part of the discussion?

A: I don't think it's possible for candidates to talk about it. But it may be that some of the facts and some of the issues will sink into the consciousness of whoever is going to be in the White House beginning in 2009, and that they will see some responsibility and some way, some path toward a peace process. As you know, it is not generally expected that they will do this in the first year or two of their administration. President Clinton did not do it until his last year in office, and President Bush now is saying that he is going to try and do something. I'm not bragging about myself, but I started in the first two months of my administration. We finished it the second year I was in office. It is possible to achieve progress, if you start early enough and make it clear that peace is a priority of the administration. ......(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20071203/nichols




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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:07 AM
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1. come to think of it. i do not believe i have heard israel mentioned in the debates.
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MiniMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:08 PM
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6. They are avoiding it like the plague
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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:48 PM
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9. Maybe they have a special I/P forum
Edited on Sat Nov-17-07 10:49 PM by Truth2Tell
in the CNN dungeon, errr basement, where the candidates go to discuss these issues out of sight?

:shrug:

Naw, of course not, that would be like trying to stifle the debate or something.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:24 AM
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2. K&R!
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Viva_La_Revolution Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:26 AM
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3. I love Jimmy. He got my first Presidental vote
It was 2nd grade, and we had our own election in class. :)
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:44 AM
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4. I don't think my K-garten class had a mock election, but I certainly would have voted for Jimmy
:)
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crickets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:42 PM
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8. He got my first Presidental vote
after I turned eighteen. I adore Jimmy too.

K&R
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 11:47 AM
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5. K & R
I love Jimmy Carter
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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:03 PM
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7. "...make it clear that peace is a priority of the administration."
Hmmm, what candidate would that align best with?

-Hoot
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Truth2Tell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:51 PM
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10. Jimmy: "It would be almost inconceivable
for any member of the House or Senate, Republican or Democrat, or any person campaigning for President, Republican or Democrat, to make the statements that I've made..."

Hmmm, why is that? Anyone? :shrug:
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