Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Shameless U.N. bashing

In Jonathan Gurwitz’ latest column he bashes the United Nations with complete disregard for the irony of his complaints. First he is upset that countries he deems to be morally inferior are given equal status with other nations.

Within the august international body, governments that imprison and murder political opponents have equal standing with those that follow the rule of law.

But, but, but... We torture people in secret prisons and we still get equal standing (better than that since we are on the Security Council with a prized veto power that most other nations lack). And as for the rule of law, Bush and company pretend that it does not apply to them in most cases, regardless of whether its the U.S. Constitution, the Geneval Accords or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

And then there is this gem:

And regimes that threaten to wipe other countries off the map — in clear violation of the U.N. Charter's prohibition against the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state — are, like every other genocidal regime, members in good standing.

But, but, but... What about countries that don’t just threaten, but actually do use force against the territorial integrity or political independence of another state? You know, like we did with our unprovoked invasion of Iraq that went directly against a U.N. directive?

Then Gurwitz has this to say about Chavez’ suggestion that the U.N. headquarters be moved to Syria...

A diplomatic ensemble that pays homage to thugs such as Ahmadinejad and Chávez harmonizes far better with the groans of oppression in Damascus than the hum of freedom in New York.

Oh, I see. I guess that is why the Bush administration chooses to send prisoners to Syria to be tortured — so that their groans don’t disturb the “hum of freedom” over in this country.

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