Jimmy Carter has sent wishes for “every” success to the 27-year-old son of deceased Korean Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-Il. Kim Jong-Un is expected to take his father’s place and do a masterful job of further suppressing the most oppressed people on the planet. Remember Carter’s 1976 comment that he had “lusted” after many women? Do you remember the rest of that story as a treatise on social justice? I think most of us missed it. Read it below.
A dispatch from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Mr. Carter sent the message to Kim Jong-un, Kim Jong-il’s son and heir apparent.
“In the message Jimmy Carter extended condolences to Kim Jong Un and the Korean people over the demise of leader Kim Jong Il. He wished Kim Jong Un every success as he assumes his new responsibility of leadership, looking forward to another visit to [North Korea] in the future,” the KCNA dispatch read.
Elliott Abrams hopes for a quick denial or an explanation that his condolences are being misrepresented, but the Washington Times article says Carter isn’t talking and has referred inquiries to his spokesperson who is out for the holidays.
In May The New York Times reported that there were 200,000 people in North Korean prison camps. One could fill a page just listing the reports on the monstrous nature of the Kim regime–torture, murder, mass executions, abductions, starvation…it does not end. All of which makes it unseemly for the former leader of a great democracy, a man who considers himself a champion of human rights, to express sadness at the passing of the ruling monster. And we must hope he wasn’t wishing the 28-year-old who just inherited power (or a share of power; we’ll see) “every success” either. Success at what? Maintaining the dictatorship in the family? Keeping those prisons full? Was it impossible to say we all hope North Korea moves toward respect for human rights?
A Wall Street Journal article looked back at Carter’s 1976 comment in Playboy, that he had “looked on a lot of women in lust.” In that article, a WSJ reader made the following point about Carter and North Korea, in 2008:
When I read the interview for the first time this week, I was struck by how the roots of his current accommodationist philosophy were evident even in 1976.
In the interview, he takes his own presumably slight failings in one area (lust) and uses that as an excuse to justify antisocial behavior by others. He says, “But that doesn’t mean that I condemn someone who not only looks on a woman with lust but who leaves his wife and shacks up with somebody out of wedlock. Christ says, don’t consider yourself better than someone else because one guy screws a whole bunch of women while the other guy is loyal to his wife.”
Doesn’t he do the same with North Korea, et al., today? We, the U.S., have slight failings in certain areas (pick one of the liberals’ favorite causes like “social justice”), and because of our failings, the North Korean dictators have the justification to continue to develop nuclear capabilities, starve their people, and suppress religious liberty and the free press. Where is the prophetic voice condemning the terrible behavior? Carter is too busy making sure he doesn’t condemn anyone.