So you thought Jimmy Carter was just a bitter old coot? Think again.
As they say, just follow the money, in this case straight to his Atlanta think tank, The Carter Center. This from the Investors Business Daily:
According to the Carter Center Web site’s 2004-05 annual report — the most recent available — the center has received “in excess of $1 million” from characters like Prince Al-Walid bin Talal. Bin Talal, you might recall, is the Saudi prince who insultingly offered $20 million to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in the smoldering ruins of the World Trade Center. The cash was held out not because the prince cared about terrorism but to rub in that the attack was really a byproduct of the Palestine conflict.
Sure Jimmy, we’ll keep the money coming if you just keep the Palestinian tongue bath going. The story continues:
Fat cats who’ve given $1 million since the center’s founding in 1982 (and in the hazy disclosures we don’t know how much more) include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the Saudi Fund for Development and the Government of the United Arab Emirates. Among individuals who donated more than $100,000 in 2004-05, there is His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said ofOman, in addition to bin Talal. Among listed “founders” of the center are the king of Saudi Arabia, BCCI scandal banker Agha Hasan Abedi and Arafat pal Hasib J. Sabbagh.
All of these contributors have virulently anti-Israel elements, and most have medieval records of opposing and obstructing democracy in their own countries.
There goes any moral authority Carter might have had…Habitat for Humanity can only take you so far.