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The Elders' Protocols-Jimmy Carter, Ted Turner, Kofi Annan, and Nelson Mandela team up ^ | July 23, 2007 | Joseph Klein

Posted on 07/23/2007 7:43:34 AM PDT by SJackson

The Elders' Protocols
By Joseph Klein | July 23, 2007

They call themselves the “Elders,” a group of self-described "wise men and women" that former South African President Nelson Mandela launched last week on the occasion of his 89th birthday. Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson (former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights) are joining Mandela and a bevy of other has-beens to offer their services as roaming freelance diplomats. They are being financed in part by British tycoon Richard Branson and Ted Turner’s UN Foundation.

“The Elders won’t get involved delivering bed nets for malaria prevention,” said Jimmy Carter. “The issue is to fill vacuums – to address major issues that aren’t being adequately addressed.”


Translated, this means that the Elders won’t be doing anything useful for suffering human beings. Instead, they will continue their legacy of wrong-headed solutions to problems they do not understand. Individually, they were bad enough. Together, they have formed a club that no clear-thinking person would want to join or consult.


Jimmy Carter himself is the most glaring example of a walking vacuum, bereft of any sensible ideas or understanding of what is at stake in our fight against global terrorism. His fellow “Elders” are no improvement.


Carter’s presidency was the antithesis of effective world leadership. During his watch, Iran’s terror-sponsoring theocracy took power and brazenly held Americans hostage for more than a year without paying any price. Islamic terrorists were watching. The Soviet Union expanded its empire by force culminating in its invasion of Afghanistan, which led in turn to the birth of Osama bin Laden's terrorist organization. Carter did nothing except administer a slap on the wrist by keeping our athletes away from the 1980 Moscow Olympics.


Since his sound defeat by Ronald Reagan, Carter has continued to make a fool of himself and embarrass his country. Learning nothing from his fruitless attempts to negotiate the release of the hostages when he was President, Carter now demands that we enter into fruitless negotiations with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. This madman reportedly participated in the 1979 taking of American hostages and has now presided over the recent arbitrary imprisonment of Iranian-American citizens while they were visiting Iran.


Carter has never had an unkind word to say about Ahmadinejad, Saddam Hussein, Castro, Hugo Chavez, or any other dictator. Their atrocious human rights records have not attracted any attention from this self-described human rights advocate. They can all be reasoned with, Carter believes.

Likewise, Carter is an apologist for terrorists. He has gone out of his way to praise the Iranian-armed terrorist group Hamas and said recently that it was “criminal” for the U.S., Israel, the European Union, and the Arab League to shun these murderers of their own people who continue to vow the destruction of Israel.


Of course, Carter has no interest in the survival of the only true democracy in the Middle East. Indeed, his recent inflammatory book, Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid, compared Israel with apartheid era South Africa. Carter the Elder wrote a worthy sequel to the notorious “Protocol of the Elders of Zion.”


Fourteen officials of his own Carter Center resigned in protest against the lies and distortions in Carter’s propaganda screed. In a joint letter to Carter they declared, “We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising position. This is not the Carter Center or the Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support.” One Carter Center board member went even further, stating that Carter has “abandoned his traditional position of honest broker and mediator,” and “goes so far as to condone terrorism until such a time a Palestinian state is achieved.”


Actually, Jimmy Carter has not changed at all – unfortunately it took some of his supporters more than twenty years to see what was there all along. The late Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan understood. He put it best when he described Carter this way back in 1980: "Unable to distinguish between our friends and our enemies, he has adopted our enemies' view of the world."


Then there is Carter’s fellow-Elder, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. During his tenure, Annan appeased some of the world’s worst dictators and state sponsors of terrorism. He conferred what he called the UN’s “unique legitimacy” on them in order to show how ‘even-handed’ he was.


For example, Annan declared that Saddam Hussein was someone “I think I can do business with” (which, in a sense, the UN did via the looting of the Oil-for-Food program in which Annan’s staff participated). And he referred to the Islamic-fascist regime in Iran as a “partner” in negotiations. Annan preferred shaking hands and being photographed with Iran’s thugs rather than standing up to them in the name of human rights. Back in 2003, during one of his visits to Iran, student dissidents criticized Annan for being “deaf to the screams of the demonstrators down the street while elements of the regime, brandishing clubs and chains, were smashing the bones of Iranian workers, mothers and students.”


Annan’s “partner” in negotiations, Iran, is also a state sponsor of terrorist organizations. Iran’s leaders have outsourced the killing of innocent people to Hamas and Hezbollah. Denying all sense of reality, the United Nations under Kofi Annan refused to acknowledge even that Hamas or Hezbollah were part of a dangerous global terrorist network whose common denominator is Islamic fascism, let alone Iran’s connection to them.


Here is a revealing exchange with Kofi Annan’s press spokesperson at a daily press briefing in January 2006 regarding Hamas:


Question: Does the Secretary-General consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization?

Spokesman: The Secretary-General has denounced in clear terms every time any organization has done a terrorist act, including when those acts were claimed by Hamas.

Question: But that doesn’t answer my question.

Spokesman: There is no United Nations label that I know of, of a terrorist organization.


During last year’s war between Israel and Hezbollah, which Hezbollah precipitated, Kofi Annan focused his criticism on Israel. He falsely proclaimed to the world that Israel was guilty of “apparently deliberate targeting” of a UN observation post, killing four observers. Even after it came to light that the Hezbollah terrorists had positioned themselves all around the UN observation post and drew fire on it, which led to the tragic accidental deaths of the UN observers, Kofi Annan did not apologize for his rash accusations against Israel.


Mary Robinson, another of the ‘distinguished’ Elders, was Kofi Annan’s choice as the United Nation's High Commissioner for Human Rights. Like Annan and Carter, she indulged dictators while condemning Western democracies.


For example, Robinson presided over the "World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance" that turned into a non-stop hatefest against Jews and Israel. She remained silent while her commission was deciding to condone suicide bombings as a legitimate means to establish Palestinian statehood. She has since lamented that the U.S. was not continuing to embrace Jimmy Carter’s failed foreign policy and criticized our wise decision to oppose the new UN Human Rights Council travesty.


Nelson Mandela, the leading “Elder,” has squandered any moral authority that he had garnered while ushering in South Africa’s post-apartheid pluralistic democracy. He has voiced strong support for such dictators as Fidel Castro, and Libya's Moammar Qaddafi, while declaring that “[I]f there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America.”


Mandela accused both President Bush and Tony Blair of undermining the United Nations during Kofi Annan’s tenure, asking rhetorically whether this is “because the secretary general of the United Nations [Ghanaian Kofi Annan] is now a black man? They never did that when secretary generals were white.”


Mandela has remained strangely silent on the brutality occurring daily on his own continent against black Africans. For example, he has chosen not to condemn the Mugabe dictatorship in Zimbabwe for the suffering that it has caused its own people and has opposed any sanctions against Mugabe. Adotei Akwei, Africa advocacy director of Amnesty International USA, was quoted as saying about the silence of Mandela that "[I]f Mandela would speak out that would be a big breakthrough. But in addition to his disinclination to attack Mugabe, the 'liberator' of Zimbabwe, in the past, Mandela is a very loyal person, and he has known Mugabe a long time.”


In other words, Mandela’s blind loyalty to a brutal dictator trumps speaking out against the horrible violations of human rights taking place today in Mandela’s own backyard. This is not a legacy to be proud of. He certainly has no business telling us how to behave in the world.

Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Mary Robinson, and their club of fools all share one fundamental flaw. Each of them demonstrated time and again a willingness to accommodate the enemies of freedom at all cost in order to pursue an illusory peace. It is time for these “Elders” to disband before they can do even more harm in unison.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs

1 posted on 07/23/2007 7:43:42 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

The only one missing is “Bob Barker”.

2 posted on 07/23/2007 7:44:25 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SJackson

I have to keep reminding myself that this is not a list of unindicted war criminals. This is, however, a group of dispicable men.

3 posted on 07/23/2007 7:47:55 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Progressives like to keep doing the things that didn't work in the past.)
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To: SJackson

A group of international scolds, busybodies and useful idiots. It would be funny if they weren’t so pathetic.

4 posted on 07/23/2007 7:49:49 AM PDT by Russ
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To: Russ

‘’Protocols of the Elders of Stupid’’

5 posted on 07/23/2007 7:54:42 AM PDT by SAJ
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Double Standard Watch: Carter’s selective sensitivity
Posted by Alan Dershowitz | Comments: 20

When Jimmy Carter used the word “Apartheid” in the title of his book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, he knew it would deeply offend many Israelis, Jews and other supporters of Israel’s efforts to make peace with its Arab neighbors.  Yet he deliberately chose that deeply offensive word precisely in order to provoke. As Jeffrey Goldberg of The Washington Post said, it was a case of “bait and switch,” since in the text of the book, the word Apartheid appears only three times and Carter goes out of his way to explain that what he believe Israel is doing “is unlike in South Africa – not racism….”

Carter was cautioned by friends not to use the inaccurate and provocative word Apartheid, but he insisted on putting it in his title, knowing full well how deeply offensive it would be to so many.

Contrast Carter’s insensitivity toward his Jewish readers with his extraordinary oversensitivity toward Muslim readers of Salman Rushdie’s controversial book The Satanic Verses. When Rushdie was sentenced to death in absentia by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and when Khomeini offered “Paradise” to anyone who would murder Rushdie, Carter did not leap to the defense of the threatened author.

Instead, he condemned him for his “direct insult to the millions of Muslims whose sacred beliefs have been violated and are suffering in restrained silence…” To be sure, Carter recited the obligatory defense of freedom of speech (“while Rushdie’s First Amendment freedoms are important …”), and the obligatory criticism of Khomeini (“it is our duty to condemn the threat of murder….”), it is clear that his true sympathies lie with the offended Muslims. This is what he wrote in his article entitled “Rushdie’s Book Is An Insult:”

“This is the kind of intercultural wound that is difficult to heal. Western leaders should make it clear that in protecting Rushdie’s life and civil rights, there is no endorsement of an insult to the sacred beliefs of our Moslem friends.

We must remember that Iranian and other fundamentalists are not the only Moslems involved. Around the world there are millions of others who are waiting for a thoughtful and constructive response to their concerns.”

Carter was relatively silent when millions of Muslims were on a rampage against the Danish cartoons depicting Mohammed (some positively, others negatively). 

His sensitivity seems limited to Muslims and Christians. This is what he said about the film “The Last Temptation of Christ”:

"…the sacreligious scenes were still distressing to me and many others who share my faith. There is little doubt that the movie producers and Scorsese, a professed Christian, anticipated adverse public reactions and capitalized on them."

Yet Carter fully “anticipated” and “capitalized” on the deliberately offensive title of his best-selling book.  Nor do I recall any condemnation by him of Mel Gibson’s film, “The Passion of the Christ”, that was deeply offensive to many Jews. 

Jimmy Carter’s sensitivities seem to have a gaping hole when it comes to Jews. There is a term for that.

6 posted on 07/23/2007 7:56:15 AM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: TexasCajun
The only one missing is “Bob Barker”.

Bob isn't qualified - he's not an anti-Semite.

7 posted on 07/23/2007 7:58:21 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("You can't strengthen a zero, it will always equal zero." --Avigdor Lieberman)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Kind of like Appalachia mob meeting with depends.

8 posted on 07/23/2007 8:00:44 AM PDT by Steamburg (If we don't want our nation bad enough to protect it, it won't be ours long.)
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To: Russ
Socialists all... with communist and antisemitic undertones.
9 posted on 07/23/2007 8:03:54 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

High Volume. Articles on Israel can also be found by clicking on the Topic or Keyword Israel. or WOT [War on Terror]


See post 6

10 posted on 07/23/2007 8:04:20 AM PDT by SJackson (isolationism never was, never will be acceptable response to[expansionist] tyrannical governments)
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To: SJackson

All in search of the next Yassir Arafat to lionize.

11 posted on 07/23/2007 8:05:25 AM PDT by Biblebelter
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‘’Protocols of the Elders of Stupid’’

Hey, Carter isn’t stupid. Unlike everyone else, he has the sense to know that if we just embrace Bin Laden, Hamas, Chavez, Castro, Taliban, Amadamnutjob, et al, with warm kisses and lots of money, the world will see war no more.

And butterflies and fairies will flutter about dispensing rainbow candy to all the little children...

The only thing stopping this scenario and peace on a global scale is not murderers, despots, and tyrants, its the JOOOOOOOOOS...

12 posted on 07/23/2007 8:11:50 AM PDT by picard
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To: All

If anyone in that group has an intelligent thought, it will die alone.

13 posted on 07/23/2007 8:29:35 AM PDT by pallis
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To: SJackson

“They call themselves the ‘Elders’” . . .

Have you ever seen a better example of such total, nauseating vanity in your entire life?

14 posted on 07/23/2007 8:43:01 AM PDT by rightazrain ("Once we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. " -- Ernest Hemingway)
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To: TexasCajun

Oh, there are many other candidates for a group like this. Noam Chomsky, Helen Thomas, Walter Cronkite come to mind. All peas in a pod.

15 posted on 07/23/2007 8:43:44 AM PDT by Emile (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. --Plato)
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To: rightazrain

They’re elders in the same way my senile old uncle is. I wouldn’t take a thing they say seriously. One other thing — like the uncle, these elderly fools ought to all be in an assisted living facility, heavily sedated and supervised around the clock, so they couldn’t do themselves any further harm.

16 posted on 07/23/2007 8:49:37 AM PDT by Emile (Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. --Plato)
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To: ClearCase_guy


17 posted on 07/23/2007 8:53:43 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: SJackson

Oh brother! It’ll be a Meeting of the Mindless.

18 posted on 07/23/2007 8:55:35 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: SJackson
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket I've got your elders right here.
19 posted on 07/23/2007 9:08:06 AM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: SJackson

Reminds me of UNIDROIT. It is the left over part of the League of Nations which is contracted out to write Treaties and Conventions which multiple nations sign.

These “elders” are nothing more than a psuedo security counsel with only socialists.

Each day Jimmy Carter demonstrates how the old media was able to manipulate his PR image in the 1970’s. If Ford vs Carter were be held today, Jimmy Carter would have lost in a landslide after the new media exposed him.

20 posted on 07/23/2007 9:11:16 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: longtermmemmory

—Reminds me of UNIDROIT.—

Just rename it MALADROIT.

21 posted on 07/23/2007 10:14:53 AM PDT by rfp1234 (Nothing is better than eternal happiness. A ham sandwich is better than nothing. Therefore...)
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To: Steamburg

NYUK, NYUK, NYUK!!!!!! What a great characterization. I’ll bet Dennis Miller will steal that line, or maybe you got it from him. Nonetheless, it is hilarious.

22 posted on 07/23/2007 11:02:01 AM PDT by attiladhun2 (Islam is a despotism so vile that it would warm the heart of Orwell's Big Brother)
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To: Emile
so they couldn’t do themselves any further harm.

I should think that ought to be encouraged.
23 posted on 07/23/2007 11:05:23 AM PDT by attiladhun2 (Islam is a despotism so vile that it would warm the heart of Orwell's Big Brother)
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To: SJackson

It is precisely because of that dopey Peanut farmer from Georgia that I absolutely refuse to have anything to do with “Habitat for Humanity.” While it may be a good cause, I will have nothing to do with any organization with ties to that senile, anti-Semitic, anti-American person who stunk up 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for 4 years.

Here we are, a quarter of a century past his regime, and the world is still feeling the effects of his complete screw-up. Every time you wait for 30 minutes at the airport to be patted down for “contraband”, every time you go to New York and see a huge hole where a bunch of buildings stood in the gleaming sunshine, every time you read about another bunch of innocents in the Middle East being killed or maimed by a “suicide bomber” in the name of Islam, remember that much of this crap started in the late 1970s when this “human being” was in charge.

If these “Elders of Evil” are allowed to do anything substantive before they start assuming room temperature, it will be to the detriment of civilization.

24 posted on 07/23/2007 11:19:31 AM PDT by ssaftler (Beware the Reverend L. Ron Gore and his Church of Climatology.)
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To: SJackson
They call themselves the “Elders,” a group of self-described "wise men and women". . .

When someone is 'self-described' as wise, then you can be very sure he/she isn't wise at all.

25 posted on 07/23/2007 11:21:04 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: picard
The product of their putrid lucubrations can be published as "the Protocols of the Elders of Lyin'."
26 posted on 07/23/2007 11:47:19 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SJackson

And which one will get the throne in Jerusalem?

27 posted on 07/23/2007 1:05:33 PM PDT by free_life
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To: SJackson
"...the Elders won’t be doing anything useful for suffering human beings."

Yeah, but a lot of lobsters are quaking. The ones that will be served with champagne in 5-star hotels wherever the Elder Idiots will be staying.

28 posted on 07/23/2007 4:18:47 PM PDT by etcetera (A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity. Sigmund Freud)
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