Thursday, February 2, 2012

Your Run-of-the-Mill Lies From Egypt's Rulers and Jimmy Carter's Support

Egypt's military rulers still insist that they have done nothing wrong. They actually claimed that the military vehicles that ran over Copts were not piloted by army personnel. They also state that the video of the woman being beaten with her shirt pulled almost completely off was faked and that the soldiers had been helping her put her clothes back on.

Worse yet, good ol' Jimmy Carter seems to have bought their story:

"I was received with a friendly welcome as I congratulated the military leaders for what seemed to be a successful election, and then asked a number of questions. It seemed that the SCAF had full confidence that there would be accommodation to their demands by the Muslim Brotherhood and their coalition partners as the new government is formed. Instead of the reported 12,000 mostly political prisoners being held for trials in military courts, the Field Marshal stated that there were no more than 3,000, all of whom were guilty of criminal acts and being tried in civilian courts. He stated that the widely promulgated videos showing military attacks on demonstrators and a woman "with the blue brassiere" were all falsified. He said the soldiers were actually helping the woman re-clothe herself with what was provocative attire. I was assured that the emergency law would be lifted before the presidential election, no later than June."

Carter has never gotten over his terrible failings with dealing with threats to his nation and the rest of the Western World. As a defense mechanism, he has taken to continually asserting that the Islamic world poses no threat and transferring the fault for the violence of the last thirty years entirely onto us. This is somewhat similar to the coping methods of those who have endured the worst of abuses from others; they blame themselves. The only difference here is that Jimmy refuses even to blame himself but simply shifts blame onto his nation, people, its leaders, and the rest of the West.

A common theme from this blog is the Evangelical/Fundamentalist mindset. They are so wrapped up in how right they must be (Since they are truly saved and consequently  generally stopped from doing wrong) that they will not allow the possibility that they screwed up. If you work with or have neighbors of that persuasion, maybe you have noticed that they never seem to actually feel bad for hurting or being terribly bossy to others. When confronted, they offer at best half-apologies while laying the blame on the victim. Jimmy is a good old-fashioned Baptist, and he never fails to avoid any responsibility for his failures. Instead, he finds fault with those who have the misfortune to be from the same place as he is.

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