Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Good bye and good riddance

Louise Arbour is stepping down from her job as a United Nations Human Rights Commissioner, ostensibly to spend more time with her family: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2008/06/30/arbour-steps-down.html. She won't be missed by any supporter of either the United States or Israel. In fact, she harboured a particular dislike for the Jewish state, as became evident during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah when she specifically stated that there was no difference in her mind between Israel and Hezbollah. Talk about being morally bankrupt, or morally blind.

1 comment:

The Contentious Centrist said...

"During Israel’s war against Hezbollah she stated that Israel’s defensive military actions against Hezbollah terror may constitute a war crime because Lebanese civilians had been killed. She said nothing similar about the thousands of rocket assaults killing and maiming Israeli civilians.

Aside from her personal prejudices, Arbour’s position then, as now, demonstrates an appalling pre-medidated disregard for international legal standards. Collateral civilian deaths in a defensive military action have never been considered war crimes. But the genocide in Darfur is as were the deliberate attacks on Israelis by Hezbollah which is a component of both the political and military elements of the Lebanese state. Arbour has never uttered a word about the responsibility and complicity of the Sudanese or Lebanese governments. Her politically revisionist voice was as silent as it has been vocal as an apologist for UN inaction in all the other cases of true war crimes.

Her initial unequivocal support for the Arab “Rights” Charter manifested the same disregard for normative standards of international justice. Even if we were to set aside the Zionist issue, how could she possibly endorse a rights charter that even Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists are fighting on the issues of the status of women as non-citizens and the application of the death penalty to children? Are women and children not worthy of human rights in the pan-Arab universe?"