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Jimmy Carter Wins The Scroll Peace Award

Devaluing peace awards has never been so fun

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Tomorrow, Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution–the resume-padding work of some industrious law students–will award its annual International Advocate for Peace Award to James Earl Carter, Jr., the 39th American President and, as of last year, the former president with the longest retirement after the presidency.

Needless to say, some alumni of Cardozo (and its parent Yeshiva University) aren’t thrilled. A website called Shame on Cardozo is highlighting their beef with the selection and tomorrow, some Yeshiva University graduates plan to (non-violently) block Carter’s entrance to the ceremony, which it’s safe to say, won’t work out for the alumni. Cementing the issue, the school’s top brass has backed the students’ decision to give the award to Carter.

Throughout this extended retirement, Jimmy Carter has–at least in some corners–had the chance to outlive his integrity and–in others–has been handsomely rewarded with a boatload of various awards and honors including the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize–Carter’s the only president to win it for work done after serving in office–as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He has honorary degrees from the finest schools, but you know he only used to get juiced in it.

Carter has spoken out against drones, the prohibition on marijuana, the Iraq War, President Obama’s inability to close Gitmo, gender inequality, poverty, and various causes and issues that make him worthy of honor, in addition to his landmark work on the 1979 Camp David Accords, his formal opening of diplomatic relations with China, and his SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union.

Despite all this, he remains a bête noire on the very issue that would cause the most consternation at a Jewish university: the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Carter’s record is far too long to list and bends towards injustice. His inability to evenly broker the charged rhetorical minefield of the Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and his inflammatory writing–stamped by the prestigious colophon of a POTUS–has now unfortunately defined him. And, no doubt knowing this, Cardozo law students aren’t doing much to help themselves out with their decision to honor him.

So what’s there left to do now? Give him another award, of course. So today, I hereby grant President Jimmy Carter the inaugural Scroll Peace Award. The prize comes with no money and very little glory, in fact, the only thing the SPA aims to do is dilute the prestige of all other peace awards to the point where no one will be outraged when someone who advocates on behalf of Hamas wins another peace award.

I reached out to Scroll alumnus Marc Tracy to inform him of my decision to grant Carter the award. He’s what he had to say:

Carter? No comment!

There you have it.

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gemel says:

Alan Dershowitz on Jimmy Carter’s Human Rights Award from Jewish Law School: “I Can’t Imagine A Worse Person to Honor for Conflict Resolution”

ginzy1 says:

I am a YU grad (Class of ’72) and I am absolutely horrified that both the Law School & Prez Richard Joel could be so dense as to paper this over. Carter’s attitude toward, & lies about Israel have done nothing except exacerbate the conflict by showing the Pals that facts are irrelevant. Political correctness is the new reality.

But I guess this shows that even law school journalists can qualify as useful idiots. As such I hereby nominate the editorial board of the Journal of Conflict Resolution to be the first recipients of the now declared annual award of the “Walter Duranty Award for Useful Idiocy”, in the Journalism category. They may even beat our NY Times columnist Roger Cohen for the honor.

J’lem / Efrata
(and a patent attorney)

Reader20 says:

Suggested tweak, maybe call it the Scroll Orwell Award: War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength

mbsocol says:

Cardozo law school is one college within Yeshiva University, so “Cardozo University” is not the proper billing.

Also, this sounds like a really interesting story. Why did these YU students choose Carter? What kinds of conversations were happening at YU’s leadership level? Was there any thought of barring the nomination? What’s the mood on campus like?

Any one of these questions would have made great fodder for a blog post. Instead we get a lot of sound and fury. Too bad.

herbcaen says:

as an employer, this award would make me less likely to hire a cardozo graduate because of low intelligence that this award signifies. it should be renamed BOZO law school


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