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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The 'Human Rights Council' comes after ... the United States

The New York Times reports that a United Nations 'Human Rights Council' investigator has called on the United States to demonstrate that it is not randomly killing people in violation of international law (read: committing war crimes) through its use of drones to liquidate terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Mr. Alston, who is appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, said his concern over drones had grown in the past few months as the American military prominently used them in the rugged area along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He said the United States may be using the drones legally but needed to answer questions he raised in June. “Otherwise you have the really problematic bottom line, which is that the Central Intelligence Agency is running a program that is killing significant numbers of people and there is absolutely no accountability in terms of the relevant international laws,” he said.
Well, the United States is still better off than Israel. The 'Human Rights Council' seems to have at least acknowledged the possibility that some extrajudicial killings through the use of the drones might be legitimate. It would never grant Israel the same concession.

But the good news here is that since the Obama administration regards Afghanistan as a just war, there is a chance that it will understand the connection between these charges and the libelous Goldstone Report, and veto any effort to allow the Security Council or the International Criminal Court to use the Goldstone Report as a club against Israel for its actions in Operation Cast Lead.

Once again, Israel is the canary in the coal mine. Let's hope that this time Obama gets it.


At 8:42 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Yep. And joining the UN Human Rights Council in hindsight was a huge mistake.

At 2:15 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

No, Obumbler won't get it. He won't grasp that the HRC and Goldstone report capability is one of the biggest lawfare threats to our sovereignty. He won't get that the HRC will act aggressively against us. He won't understand.

You see, he is an N-tell-ect-U-all. He is above these petty death-by-a-thousand-paper-cuts jabs at us. He won't be dragged into the mud.

And he is leading us into ruin, into a very dangerous, rudderless world, all for the sake of his world view. A failed world view at that, on repudiated by the world, by history, by facts.

I am hoping for some change I can believe in around November of 2010 and 2012. We have to disarm this ... "intellectual" ... prevent him from dragging us any further down.


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