With an eerie, almost Elmer Fudd-like precision, the UN, their related NGOs and Democrats like Howard Dean and George Soros have been hunting Wepublicans for years.
Like Fudd, they believe that their prey is stupid. They believe they have the superior intellectual firepower, but these Fudds always go home empty handed. Why?
Maybe their concentration is off. Be vewy, vewy quiet.
The hyperbolic, cartoonish intensity of their frustrated efforts to bag the big Wepublicans was exemplified by Howard Deans’ cartoonish Yeeargghhh! But that Fuddy bleat of despair is now surpassed by this pathetic effort from Amnesty International. This bold yet peacefully ineffective defender of Human Rights worldwide has just published an official Annual Report that is, literally, a cartoonish expression of rage.
(Amnesty’s cartoon is thanks to someone named Morin, who is no Tex Avery)
In their Cartoon report, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, had a Yeeaarggh! moment when she called Guantanamo “the gulag of our times”
Michael Totten discusses Khan’s harebrained comparison:
I have read some of the work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. And I once (briefly) met a man who survived both a Nazi concentration camp and one of Stalin’s slave labor camps in Siberia. It would be a bit much to say I “know” the gulag, but I do have a bit of a clue about what went on there. It was no Guantanamo, as anyone who has ever bothered to study the subject well knows. For one thing, if Guantanamo were the new gulag, Irene Khan would be languishing in it herself right about now – and so would her family.
But she isn’t, she never will be, and she knows it. What she doesn’t know is the gulag.
I once said of Senator James (more outraged by the outrage) Inhofe of Oklahoma that “it takes a special kind of person, really it does, to think anger at torture is worse than torture.” All Irene Khan is doing here is encouraging the Inhofes of the world by crying “wolf” instead of properly crying foul. It is, as a certain Secretary of Defense would put it, not helpful.
Anyway, the gulag of our times is in North Korea.
Ms. Khan also adds some more broad strokes by saying “The USA, as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyper-power, sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide.”
In Amnesty’s universe, Americans are omnipotent, hyperpower Gods. All intermational peons must bend to our will.
So, if we’re responsible for everything bad that happens, we must be responsible for all the good things too, like the Independence of Lebanon, India’s economic boom, the improving Chinese economy and the Canadian government’s recent entertaining antics.
If we were responsible. But, since this is the real world, we’re not.
When hysteria-prone Fudds like Dean are threatened, they fly into bigger and better hysterics. Since the 2004 elections, their anti-Bush hysteria has been turned to 11. The screamers at Amnesty have just turned the loony tunes up to 12.
From William Schulz, Amnesty’s Executive Director:
At the launch of its 2005 Annual Report, Amnesty International called on foreign governments to uphold their obligations under international law by investigating U.S. officials implicated in the development or implementation of interrogation techniques that constitute torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. While the U.S. government has failed to conduct a genuinely independent and comprehensive investigation, the officials implicated in these crimes are nonetheless subject to investigation and possible arrest by other nations while traveling abroad, the organization said.
The human rights organization warned that at least one dozen former or current U.S. officials are vulnerable to this action. The individuals, who, to date, have either dodged investigation or escaped sanction, include those at the highest levels of government, such as President Bush and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, as well as Attorney General Gonzales and former CIA Director George Tenet.
This is the same William Schulz who, in this Salon interview, clearly described the enemy that Amnesty is fighting – American hyperpower:
Q: Why did the Bush administration ultimately carry out its Iraq policy the way it did? Do you subscribe to any of the more cynical views commonly voiced by the left, for example that the war was simply a big oil grab?
Schultz: I think it reflects a rather wholesale disregard for international institutions, for a multilateral framework in which to conduct U.S. foreign policy. I don’t think it’s only about oil. That may be part of it, but fundamentally it’s about American power. The United States has articulated in the National Defense Strategy – with its precursor being the Project for a New American Century – the desire to make sure American military power is preeminent, and will stay that way 100, 200 and 500 years from now. That will be accomplished by asserting American unilateral military power – and economic power, though the two in some measure go hand in hand — wherever it’s needed around the globe
Simply put, international institutions like Amnesty want to control the actions of the American military. They are at odds with Americans, most of whom believe that we should control our own defense forces.
In his Salon interview, Schulz ignored the enemy that Amnesty is NOT fighting – oppression, slavery and human rights violations around the world.
He’s still ignoring them. Did Mr. Schulz threaten the genocidal President Omar Hassan A. Al-Bashier
of the Sudan with arrest? Did he mock Bashier with a cartoon? Of course not. He doesn’t care about Bashier. President Bashir doesn’t threaten Schulz’s power.
Fear of American hyperpower and fear of their own loss of power motivates Amnesty’s bumbling efforts to hunt Wepublicans. It also motivates their lack of equivalent concern for every other human rights issue around the globe. In their worldview, I suppose this makes sense. If Wepublicans are omnipotent Gods who control every earth-event, hunting them is the only reasonable course of action.
In Amnesty’s cartoon universe, their motivation is clear. I understand that, but what I don’t understand is – why should anyone pay for their obsessive loony-tunes hunt?
There’s something screwy going on around here.
[cross-posted at Dean’s World]