Good Intentions, Bad Results

by Clifford D. May

Two examples: The United Nations and the McCain Amendment banning “degrading” treatment of al-Qaeda terrorists.

Consider this from this morning’s Wash Post:

“Louise Arbour, the high commissioner for human rights at the United Nations [asserted] that holding suspects incommunicado in itself amounts to torture.”

But thank goodness (and not Sen. Voinovich) for Ambassador John Bolton who “criticized Arbour, calling it ‘inappropriate’ for her to choose a Human Rights Day celebration to criticize the United States instead of such rights abusers as Burma, Cuba and Zimbabwe. Bolton added:

“Today is Human Rights Day. It would be appropriate, I think, for the U.N.’s high commissioner for human rights to talk about the serious human rights problems that exist in the world today,” Bolton told reporters. “It is disappointing that she has chosen to talk about press commentary about alleged American conduct. I think the secretary of state has fully and completely addressed the substance of the allegations, so I won’t go back into that again other than to reaffirm that the United States does not engage in torture.”

He added: “I think it is inappropriate and illegitimate for an international civil servant to second-guess the conduct that we’re engaged in in the war on terror, with nothing more as evidence than what she reads in the newspapers.”

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