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Competition for Islamic Terrorism Cluelessness Prize: Carter and Stewart Tie

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

People can argue about who the worst president of the United States was, but it is hard to dispute that the president who has done and said more idiotic things since leaving office is – hands down – Jimmy Carter.

And yet in a segment on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart on Monday, Jan. 13, Jimmy Carter seemed to be in a competition with his host to show who is more clueless about Islamic terrorism. The competitors tied for the prize. It might have been amusing to watch, if it wasn’t so painful.

Carter was on the show ostensibly because the Carter Center has an exhibit opening tomorrow at the Museum of Natural History, “Countdown to Zero, Defeating Diseases.”

But for most of the just-under eight minute segment, Carter and Stewart discussed the rise of extremist violence, even though the words “Charlie Hebdo” or “kosher grocery store” or even “ISIS” or “al Qaeda” were never mentioned.

Despite accounts by other media that Jon Stewart asked Carter about what happened in Paris, the conversation actually went a bit differently.

It was Stewart who set the tone, suggesting that religion really has nothing to do with the violence that the world has been witnessing.

After a brief discussion about the Carter Center’s humanitarian efforts in Africa, Stewart asked the former president whether he was disheartened, given the “great optimism” following the Camp David Accords.

Carter admitted he was disheartened, but then, veering the only time into a direct reference to the recent events in Paris, he commented on the fact that “the Palestinian leader and the Israeli leader both marched in the front line together in Paris.”

“We still have a hope for peace,” Carter said, “but it’s a distant hope.”

With that, Carter launched into his prescription for giving life to that hope: Israel has to withdraw from the West Bank and Gaza (perhaps he forgets that all Israelis, living and dead, left Gaza almost a decade ago). Oh, and also “East Jerusalem,” Israelis have to leave there as well.

And what do the Palestinian Arabs have to do? “The Palestinians have to make sure that they commit themselves, without equivocation, to the freedom of Israel to live in peace alongside of them.”

Carter insisted that it was the United States which has to “be in the forefront of demanding that both the Palestinians and the Israelis come together and accept a reasonable solution to the problem.” His solution, of course.

Stewart then kind of slid into a more generalized history discussion of terrorism in the Middle East, allowing Carter to preen over bringing Sadat and Begin together.

After pointing out that “this extremism” was around at the time of Camp David, Stewart then shares his insight: “I view ‘this extremism’ as a kind of pretext, this idea that it’s a religious backing, seems a pretext for just powerless…they’re angry, nihilistic, and if they did not have the religious part, it would be something else, they would use something else as a pretext to be violent in this way.”

In other words, Stewart views the ISIS and al Qaeda members as simply the latest iteration of the school yard bullies: angry guys who feel powerless and are just using religion as a front, but they could just as easily use membership in a gang, or anything else to justify their “extremism.”

But Carter gives Stewart a tiny little bit of blowback. Instead of agreeing with Stewart, Carter veers down his familiar path of blaming Israel.

Carter responds to Stewart, essentially saying that religion is behind the “extremism” (most people call this terrorism), but it is all Israel’s fault for insulting the religion of these easily angered folks.

Watch Bassem Youssef Hosting Jon Stewart in Cairo

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

Not bad at all. If you’ve grown to accept the kind of jingoistic clowning that’s been the Jon Stewart brand for decades now, you won’t be disappointed by this exchange. This may be the appropriate moment to confess that I continue to watch The Daily Show the way many Americans have been watching SNL for decades now. We know it’s not going to be funny, we know some of the flippant jokes will mix ignorance with cultural elitism to produce something with the aroma and appeal of a cowshed in summer. And yet, here we are each night, watching the damned thing.

So, with that bar of excellence in mind, the Cairo show was not so bad. Heavy handed jokes, patronizing, cross-cultural references (Stewart memorized 3 Arabic words, which he flaunts 3 times, with diminishing returns), and platitudes—lots and lots of fresh, heaping platitudes, and heart warming stories about a refugee named Ossama and fruits.

So, enjoy, I know you will…

Thanks to the Elder of Ziyon for the link.


Egypt’s Jon Stewart Jailed

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

Bassem Youssef, who hosts a television show modeled after Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” confirmed on his official Twitter account that he received an arrest warrant, mockingly saying he will head to the prosecution office Sunday “unless they send me a police car today and save me transportation trouble,” Al Ahram reported.

Ealier on Saturday, Egypt’s prosecutor-general ordered the arrest of the famous political satirist, to look into complaints accusing him of insulting President Mohamed Morsi, denigrating Islam and spreading false news with the aim of disrupting public order.

Youssef hosts a weekly satire show, El-Bernameg (The Show), on private satellite television channel CBC.

The complaints were filed by 12 citizens after Youssef’s March 1 episode in which he mocked the president’s public interview with TV anchor Amr El-Leithy in February.

One anonymous complainant accused Youssef of denigrating Islam and disturbing security, and demanded that the state take “deterrent measures against him so that others with weak resolve wouldn’t dare to insult Islam.” The same anonymous person also accused Youssef of diminishing President Morsi’s stature “domestically and abroad.”

Heba Morayef of Human Rights Watch thinks the Egyptian government has signaled that it takes Youssef’s threat seriously, going so far as to appoint a judge to investigate the complaints against him, according to.

“It means you’re prioritizing the case, and dedicating resources to it,” Morayef told the NY Times, noting wryly that the same public prosecutor has ignored numerous complaints of torture and the use of excessive force. Issuing an arrest warrant without a reasonable fear that Youssef had any intent to flee the country “is completely unnecessary and definitely a political escalation,” she said.

In January, a number of Islamist lawyers filed a lawsuit against Youssef, accusing him of “undermining the standing of the president” during his show.

However, charges back then were dropped before the case reached a court.



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