The Associated Press is reporting that, “Carter Nixes Debate With Outspoken Prof Dec: ”
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.”
“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.”
Now I am hardly a fan of Alan Dershowitz, yet I would not describe Dershowitz as knowing nothing about the situation in Palestine. Now I am a poker player, and I say that Carter is bluffing, and very badly.
Carter does not want, and indeed fears, debate. Carter wants fawning praise and interview no harder than one which would posed by Larry King.
Appendum: I like what Besty Newmark, Besty’s Page, has to say: “Jimmy Carter is an intellectual coward .” Not only is Carter afraid to debate Havard professors, I’d bet he would not be willing to attempt to debate a high school history teacher.