11 December 2006

Jimbo - intimidated?

This time it is Al-Jazeera who jumped into the fray with an interesting article.

Jimmy Carter, the ex-US president, has defended his criticisms of Israeli policy in his latest book, saying he hopes to erode the "impenetrable wall" that stops Americans from seeing the true plight of the Palestinian people.
For didactic purposes the editor put up a picture of a wall adjacent to this paragraph:

The image is obviously supposed to help your memory processes. It is akin to a discussion of the physiognomic peculiarities of some higher primates being supported (for better mental digestion and storage only, mind you) by the following picture:

Helpful, ain't it? Anyway, this is not the point of this post, the point is here:
Carter said that debate had been stifled by the media and others.

"It's almost a universal silence concerning anything that might be critical of current policies of the Israeli government," he said.

Carter said he stands by his use of the "apartheid" and cited the fences, electric sensors and concrete slabs that Israel has built in the West Bank as an example of the divide.
Isn't it touching how deeply Jimbo cares for the inalienable right of the whole alphabet soup of the terrorist gangs to kill Jooz unfettered by the cruel apartheid wall? My heart really goes out to him. Poor Jimbo is being stifled, imagine. Some people have the temerity to disagree with him, only because "President Carter's book on the Middle East, a title too inflammatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments."

Really, some people have the chutzpah, I say! And what does Jimbo answer to these attacks?
"There's a tremendous intimidation in this country that has silenced our people. And it's not just individuals, it's not just folks who are running for office. It's the news media as well," he said.
Gosh - sounds ominous. Isn't this why no one agrees to publish and to sell that book about "not apartheid", and poor Jimbo prints it in his underground cave on an ancient Gutenberg printing press, selling the produce door to door? This is, probably, why the WaPo has the following to say about the poor Jimbo and his poor book:
Formally published three weeks ago, the book quickly became a bestseller. Carter has been prominently interviewed in the media and has been mobbed at book appearances around the country.
Well, Jimbo - of course we, the Elders, are intimidating. Ain't it what you mean? And of course we are everywhere. Don't turn around!