Saturday, December 10, 2005

Hypocrisy Update

In his acceptance speech of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Mohamed El Baradei of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) associated with the UN stated he wished nuclear arms would suffer the same universal condemnation as genocide and slavery. This is another example of the hypocrisy of the world body. Slavery is alive and well in Sudan today as Professor Uriah Kriegel of the University of Arizona reminds us:

One of the main reasons our awareness of modern slavery remains so meager is that the flagship human rights organizations seem completely uninterested in the phenomenon. This is primarily because the perpetrators do not represent the kind of highly visible figures that [collectivist managed] NGOs are eager to confront. Most human rights groups are driven today by a single, superficial principle: oppose the powerful and back the weak, no matter what the powerful stand for or what the weak stand for.

Perhaps the best example of such is Amnesty International, an erstwhile respectable organization that has, over the past few years, morphed at time into a well-oiled anti-American propaganda machine. (As I write this, the lead article on the Amnesty International Web site, is about the treatment of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay and Bagram AFB. There is not a single mention of the horrors in Sudan on the front page.)...Today's slave-owners and slave-capturers are usually Muslim fundamentalists who ride the African plains on horseback terrorizing local populations. But on the global stage, they wield virtually no power. As such, they do not excite the imagination of the majority human rights activists.

Here Leonidas would have to disagree with the professor. While wielding considerable power, (does 9-11-01 come to mind?) Muslim fundamentalists are frequently supported by "civil rights" groups. Speaking of "genocide" the UN recently celebrated its annual "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People", a group whose official governing body advocates the elimination of Israel as does the government of Iran which is estimated by Mr. El Baradei to be in the possession of nuclear weapons "within a few months".


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