Obama is Walking a Fine Line
His speech emphasized human rights and realism in policy. Suddenly, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin lauded his rhetoric. If they listened to his speech, I imagine 75% of Americans would have approved of it. Less popular in Europe, he was telling them to come to the plate for his foreign policy in Afghanistan.
Each nation in the European Union maintains its own army. Unified efforts are difficult at best. The leftist societies tend to look upon soldiers more as social workers than fighters. Barack Obama also announced his support for the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights not enforced anywhere. The Muslim nations took over the Human Rights Council and have made it into a propaganda organ. Since 95% of their cases involve Israel, they destroy UN progress in human rights. Obama has his work cut out for him.
The UDHR Has Been at the Center of My Life Since 1992
UDHR serves as a moral compass for me. Whenever I receive news, my first
reaction is to evaluate it in terms of human rights. How does it affect me, my
friends and my community? My method cuts through a lot of garbage thinking,
believe me. Who cares what official Washington
thinks, or any other place for that matter? How do ordinary people react?
That's the real story.
Every nation member had to embed the UDHR into her body of law. Dictators such as Bush and Obama dismiss the UDHR, but it remains some day to put them on trial. It's a shame the law schools ignore that. If we can't charge a scoundrel with crimes against humanity and murder, we should ignore him.
Some People Confuse Realism with Hatred
we have no dictators. The moment a person behaves as if he is better or more
powerful than the community, he is brought down. When President Weitzman said
we had despicable manners, we nailed him on nine-year-old bribery charges. If
Israeli bankers, politicians and stock brokers behaved as their US counterparts
do, they would sit in prison.
Some call my language "frequently violent and hate-filled" because they disagree with me. They equate Cast Lead with the invasion of Iraq. The UDHR is not a pacifist document. It condemns genocide and all of its components. Human rights enforcement is the key for eliminating genocide, slavery and all manner of tyranny. The UDHR supports human dignity and liberty. The UDHR is not enforced in the USA. It is highly unpopular. The Congress would never pass it into law. This largely explains the long term decline of the country.
Every Nation Violates the Human Rights of Her Citizens
For Mary Robinson and me the most painful part is the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is not enforced. Victims of abuse must make individual or class actions in the European Courts. Plaintiffs and witnesses face great dangers from their home countries. The legal costs can be enormous.
The HRC makes a big legal mistake by charging Israel with war crimes. The problem is that Palestinians violate the UN Charter by maintaining hostilities. The aggressor wants reparations, a first in history.
The USA conducts preemptive wars also highly illegal. After the false flag Gulf of Tonkin resolution the UN should have forced them out of Vietnam. The same goes for Iraq.
Egypt and Jordan ceased their aggression and terrorism years ago. Peace reigns. They may continue with honor killing, female genital mutilation and the torture of bloggers, but these practices are none of Israel's business.
For whatever reason, the Palestinians continue to attack Israel. We are at war. Ordinary Israelis suffer from the aggression. Palestinians continue to be enemy combatants. If they don't like this status, they should overthrow their leaders.