Horror, &c.

Israeli soldiers prepare to head to the Philippines to aid in disaster relief efforts.


In my column yesterday, I mentioned that the Cuban dictatorship had been elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council. After my column was published, I received a bulletin from a human-rights group. I am going to print the bulletin below, without editing. Bear in mind, human-rights activists often work quickly, and they do not bother polishing prose when they are trying to sound an alarm or spare a life. Moreover, English may not be the first language of these particular activists:

The independent Cuban journalist in prison, Yoeni Jesus Guerra Garcia remains in a critical mental and physical state. According to three notes written by the victim to the Council of Human Rights Rapporteurs in Cuba as well as several denunciations provided by inmates via telephone to the Council the life of Yoeni Jesus Guerra Garcia is presently in jeopardy after being sexually tortured and beaten repeatedly with violence by agents of the political police and military personnel at the Nieves Morejon Prison. The inmates’ testimonies concur that the head of the independent journalist is swollen and full of bumps and that he’s suffered several nervous breakdowns as the result of the torments he has been subjected to by prison officials and the drugs mixed in his food without his consent.

Let me say again: The Cuban dictatorship has just been elected to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. As Solzhenitsyn observed, the U.N. should not be thought of as a union or collection of nations or peoples; it is a union or collection of governments or regimes — and many of them are undemocratic, vicious, monstrous.

Why North Korea should not be on the Human Rights Council, I have no idea. They would not be particularly out of place.

Did you see this video? It is one of the best of all time. The U.N. General Assembly is adopting resolution after resolution against Israel. This is what they always do. There are no resolutions against any other country. And a U.N. interpreter makes some remarks about this, not knowing that her microphone is live. Her words go into the ears of all the U.N. delegates, and those of a webcast audience around the world.

“C’est un peu trop, non?” she says. In other words, the singling out of Israel “is a bit much, isn’t it?” The interpreter further says, “There’s other really bad sh** happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”

My favorite part of the video is that one of the delegates, who has been denouncing Israel in the usual fashion, can’t stop grinning, once he hears the interpreter’s remarks.

In Israel, the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said, “Sometimes the veil of hypocrisy over the incessant attacks against us is ripped off, and this interpreter did that.” Here in America, National Review’s John Hillen said, “Make that woman secretary-general!”

Unfortunately, the Israelis have a lot of experience in disaster relief. They have it because their enemies have been inflicting disaster on them since the rebirth of the state in 1948. The Israelis know how to send dogs sniffing through rubble, etc.

They were quick to respond when an earthquake hit Haiti in 2010. They did an immense amount of good there. They were quick to respond when an earthquake hit Iran in 2003 — but the Iranian government refused their help. The mullahs were willing to let people die in the rubble, rather than have them suffer the ignominy of being rescued by Jews.

The sad thing is: Many of the victims would have made the same choice, I think. I would never have believed it when I was younger. But experience has taught me otherwise.

Anyway, the Israelis responded very quickly when that killer typhoon hit the Philippines earlier this month. A mother and father named their baby “Israel,” when that baby was born in an Israeli army field hospital. An NBC correspondent declared she was “in awe” of what the Israelis are doing.

When a news report praises Israel, you know something remarkable is happening.

But the BBC omitted Israel from a list of countries helping out in the Philippines. I learned all this from Tom Gross, who has a Middle East media site, here.

Always, the United States leads the way in disaster relief, and so it was in the Philippines. Other countries did what they could. Mankind seldom looks better than when engaged in this kind of response.