According to the Atlantic Jimmy Carter is making one final push to end hatred before he dies:
Carter also said he hopes the New Baptist Covenant can “understand the motivations” of rising political movements like Black Lives Matter, which is largely led by people in their 20s and 30s. But generational hand-offs aren’t always simple. When speaking about Black Lives Matter, for example, Carter remarked, “The obvious response to that is all lives matter”—a phrase often used as a retort to outrage over racial discrimination and police violence. At most, it seemed like a generational faux pas—“white people need to understand the special discrimination that still exists against our black neighbors,” Carter went on to say—but the moment seems symbolic of the larger disconnect between older religious leaders and their younger peers.
While fighting for equality and human rights is a noble goal, what the Atlantic ignores is that as president Jimmy Carter was responsible for the creation of three of the most repressive, anti-human rights regimes in recent history, Mugabe in Zimbabwe, the Islamist Iran, and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The oppressive reign of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe a Jimmy Carter Production.
In 1978 Ian Smith, the prime minister of white-ruled Rhodesia reached an agreement with the moderate black leaders for a transition government. Under this plan, termed the “internal settlement,” whites, who represented about 4% of the population, would be reserved 28 out of 100 parliamentary seats as well as control over certain government ministries. It was still grossly unfair but it was certainly a strong step toward change.
In April of 1979, the first fully democratic election in Zimbabwe history’s occurred. Of the eligible black voters, 64% participated, braving the threat of terrorist attacks by Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party, which managed to kill 10 people. Prior to the election, Mr. Mugabe had issued a death list with 50 individuals he named as “traitors, fellow-travelers, and puppets of the Ian Smith regime, opportunistic running-dogs and other capitalist vultures.” Nevertheless, Bishop Abel Muzorewa of the United Methodist Church emerged victorious and became prime minister of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia, as the new country was called.
But Jimmy Carter didn’t like Bishop Muzorewa, and because Mugabe’s party was not included in the election (he preferred to continue fighting against the government) America refused to recognize the new government.
UN Ambassador Andrew Young referred to Mr. Muzorewa, one of the very few democratically elected leaders on the African continent, as the head of a “neo-fascist” government…
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