Originally created 05/17/02

Carter cuddles with Castro as U.S. tries to root out evil



The English philosopher Anthony Ashley Cooper Shaftesbury once wrote, "It is the hardest thing in the world to be a good thinker without being a good self-examiner." In former President Jimmy Carter's case, he has failed miserably in both respects.

While Mr. Carter had afternoon tea with Cuba's Communist dictator Fidel Castro, the United States and its true leadership were trying to root out the very evil that Mr. Castro represents.

Arguably the worst president ever, Mr. Carter smiles for the television cameras as Mr. Castro sends 10-year-old boys and girls into the sugarcane fields to work 12- and 14-hour days and has political prisoners held naked in what has been described as medieval dungeons.

This is the same Jimmy Carter who, during his presidency, helped to usher in the vicious Iranian regime established by the Ayatollah Khomeini and is now part of the "axis of evil." He was also successful in giving away the Panama Canal to a company that is controlled by the Communist Chinese Army.

This is our ex-president who, a couple of years ago, announced to the world that the Communist dictator of North Korea, Kim Il Sung, was a peaceful man although he too is on President George W. Bush's axis of evil list for targeting our West Coast with ballistic missiles.

Does Mr. Carter think? I think not. How else could an ex-president, handed a landslide defeat by his own people, cuddle with a Communist who, in the 1960s attempted to assemble the nuclear capability to make Macon ocean-front property with the help of the Russians?

Is the Nobel Prize so sweet as to be purchased with the blood of our grandchildren? Say it ain't so Jimmy, say it ain't so.

Joshua H. Bolin, Augusta