Eleven Emory University professors are taking former President and anti-Semite Jimmy Carter to the woodshed over his ever more ridiculous claim that his new book "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid" was designed to spark debate.
Maybe it was, but Carter doesn't want to actually be involved with debating anyone who might challenge his intellectual honesty or the accuracy of his book.
When it became known that Carter was anxious to speak at Emory, the administration consulted a group of faculty and was advised that the most fair and academically valuable format would be to have Carter appear with someone who could engage in a productive interchange and discussion on the topic. This clearly would be the only way for the event to meet the educational standard of a leading university.
Everyone agreed that the best person for this interchange was Ambassador Dennis Ross, who was the main negotiator on the Arab-Israeli situation in both the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration. He was responsible for organizing Camp David II, Clinton's last-ditch effort to find a resolution to the situation. Ross agreed to appear, but Carter pointedly refused to appear with him or with any other expert. No explanation was given.
People do both evil and good in this world. Most people, once you balance everything out, do at least a little more good than evil. Carter, with his latest book, has dipped below the center line. No number of homes built for Habitat for Humanity can overcome the evil that he is doing now.