Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Human Rights, Right

The Emperor Boy George was preaching democracy and moderation and singing the praises of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, first promulgated in 1948, at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. David Corn, The Nation's Washington editor, observes that Boy George must not have read the document, especially the parts forbidding torture and "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment"; demanding fair trials and equal treatment of prisoners; prohibiting arbitrary detentions; or other sections Corn lists while asking did W even read the thing. The Bushies like to call the Islamists "Nazis" and "fascists" and people who want out of Iraq appeasers, but the Bushies's style of governance and absolute disrespect for human rights and the rule of law place them well to the right of the Nazis. Their enablers in Congress and corporate and born-again America are the true appeasers.

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