Jimmy Carter Nixes Debate With Alan Dershowitz
Former President Carter turned down a request to debate Alan Dershowitz about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the outspoken Harvard law professor "knows nothing about the situation."
Carter, author of a new book advocating "peace not apartheid" in the region, said he will not visit Brandeis University to discuss the book because the university requested he debate Dershowitz.
"I don't want to have a conversation even indirectly with Dershowitz," Carter said in Friday's Boston Globe. "There is no need . . . to debate somebody who, in my opinion, knows nothing about the situation in Palestine."
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"President Carter said he wrote the book because he wanted to encourage more debate; then why won't he debate?" said Dershowitz, a vocal First Amendment advocate who has worked for O.J. Simpson and other high-profile clients.
It is ironic that our chief of know-nothing presidents would refuse to debate someone because they didn't know anything about the topic. Perhaps this is an example of a humanitarian impulse which would find no sport in "shooting fish in a barrel." On the other hand, it may be that J.C. knew he was bringing a squirtgun to a gun fight. If you are puzzled by the linkage of Jimmy Carter to Leporids
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