Sunday, January 16, 2005

Who Watches the Watchers?

The Diplomad does; and the group he reports on today is the Human Rights Watch. The HRW is NOT -I repeat NOT - looking out for your rights. In fact, if you are an American, you are the primary cause of the misery in the world, in case you didn't know it.

It seems that for the guys and the gals at HRW, whenever something "negative" happens in the world, it's ultimate source is something the USA has done or failed to do. If Egypt adopts restrictive legislation it's because it imitates the US post-9/11 Patriot Act; if Britain does, it's because of the US-induced "climate of fear" after 9/11; if Cuba has a bad human rights record, the U.S. economic embargo is partially to blame, etc. No other country gets as much attention as the USA in HRW's reports: go look for yourselves.

Anything "positive" -- on the rare occasions HRW recognizes any such development -- is the result of brave activists, or lawyers, or the far-seeing HRW, itself. HRW's dominant theme, and it grows more strident by the year under Executive Director Kenneth Roth, is that essentially the US Constitution is a mandatory suicide pact, in fact, Western civilization can only live up to its ideals by committing suicide; and concern over terrorism is just an excuse to deprive poor Third Worlders of their rights, including the right of radial Islamists to emigrate to the West and seek to destroy it.

Sometimes it just seems so completely insane that organizations like HRW and Amnesty International and all those other lovely groups so routinely denounce the U.S., but give the real evil in the world a free pass. They behave as if Abu Ghraib is the greatest human rights disaster in the history of the world; while barely acknowledging the abominations commited by terrorists, or the oppression of women in Islamic countries. They write dozens of pages of human rights "violations" committed in the U.S., but hardly mention those regularly jailed in Cuba. They condemn the LACK of intervention in Darfur, while also condemning the intervention in Iraq. The Diplomad goes on to say:

HRW also shows the confusion that liberal advocates of multilateral military action have when it comes to the use of power by the USA. These advocates want the USA only to use its power in defense of the objectives that the advocates want. Any other use, is illegitimate.

And that, of course, is the key. They are part of the that Unholy Alliance I discussed in an earlier post, whose most burning desire is to cripple and/or defeat the U.S.; and they will do or say anything to make that happen. Human Rights are entirely superfluous to their real agenda.

Go read the whole post at the Diplomad.

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