Lawfare and the UN Human Rights Council


By raycook
November 6, 2010
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Brilliant speech by Trevor S. Norwitz reported on UN Watch.

It completely demolishes the absurdity of the UNHRC, the Goldstone Report, the so-called Flotilla Inquiry and the abuse of laws designed to protect democracies from the very people that are now using those same laws to attack those democracies.

This is highlighted on the sane website here: "Cuba Organizing Rogue Speakers’ List of Hardliners in Bid to Ambush U.S. at Friday’s U.N. Review", where an alliance of the far Left dictators and Venezuela are attempting to dominate the UN Review in order to attack the US.

The US is not and should not be immune from criticism, but unlike most of the countries doing the hatchet job on the US's reputation, the US is a democracy with a strong record on self-examination and self-criticism and responding, sometimes tardily, to misdemeanours of its armed forces. It is, therefore, monstrous, that Iran and Cuba can point an accusing finger at the US when their record on human rights, especially Iran's, is abysmal.

It appears that the UN and its instruments are now an international union of nations inimical to democracy and peace who use the organs of the UN to spout lies and hypocrisy.

Is it not about time the UN took more robust action and limited its councils to true democracies rather than than allowing them to become propaganda weapons for serial human rights abusers?

The Norwitz speech is as strong a condemnation of the Flotilla Inquiry farce as I have seen.

Here's a flavour of the speech:

Almost anything created for a good purpose can be abused or even “weaponized”: think of an ice-pick, a candlestick, a box-cutter knife, an airplane, a shoe, a pair of underpants.

And not just physical objects. We have seen the abuse of almost every institution invented by man: democracy (think of Venezuela, Iran, the Weimar Republic); education (look at Gaza under Hamas or the PLO, Apartheid South Africa); religion (no examples needed).

It should be no surprise then that the law - one of humanity’s greatest achievements, designed for the creation of ordered societies, the establishment and maintenance of justice and the determination and protection of truth - is also susceptible to abuse.

Today what is really under attack is perhaps the most fundamental value in our Western culture: truth. And it is ironic in the extreme that it is the law, which was created and designed to be the servant and protector of truth, that is the enemy’s weapon of choice to undermine the truth.

I strongly recommend you read it all.

(first published at http://www.raymondcook.net/blog/index.php/2010/11/06/lawfare-and-the-un-...)

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stephenb

Sat, 11/06/2010 - 21:53

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ray brilliance is whatever pleads your case...do you seriously have nothing better to do with your time ?


raycook

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 00:42

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Well, actually, no. I don't have anything better to do with my time.

I can't think of anything more important than standing up for truth and justice and exposing lies and hatred.

So thanks for asking.


Yvetta

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 09:19

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Great post, Ray! Thanks for that.

Goood answer to the resident irritant, too!


Anthony Posner

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 09:50

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Ray and Yvetta,

Perhaps a bit more than a mere "resident irritant"?

Stephenb comments on Pollard's blog re Hague's visit to Israel:

"Stephen I am thinking your journalistic career is in free fall decline, and thinking is my strong point. I am not entirely unsympathetic. I understand that the kessler foundation thinks you are A total toss pot but well....i would behave just the same in your excrutiating [position giv us a kiss but no tongues ok ?"


Jonathan Hoffman

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 10:58

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He's a racist Troll


Anthony Posner

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 11:14

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and a bloggomate of "telegramsam"


Anthony Posner

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 11:18

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Another comment, written by stephenb, and published by The JC:

"And why does Israel keep on comparing itself with the most aresole countries on earth ? like the UK, or phucked up Ireland, would compare itself with say France or Germany"


Anthony Posner

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 11:25

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Another comment, written by stephenb, and published by The JC:

"Pity the Israeli example isent one of self reliance instead of lets play the western style democracy when it suits even if it is bull chit and lets grab as much overseas aid as we can that might have been diverted to sub saharan africa and lets declare ourselves a " developing " nation to get favourable trade terms"


Yvetta

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 12:11

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Anthony, stephenb is an antisemite, as numerous posts of his make clear.
I've flagged them frequently.
Funny (funny peculiar, not funny ha ha) how one of the JC's own is blogging and reporting obsessively about the bad old racist EDL yet the JC won't remove a racist in our midst.
Innit.


telegramsam

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 12:59

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I find it strange too, yvetta. I am convinced stevieb is a plant/false flag and the Jc knows it.


amber

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 13:03

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stephenb has just said that Israel "begs" money from Germany.

This offensive and racist idiot needs to go.


Yvetta

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 16:48

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t'sam, what's a false flag - a decoy, or rather a sort of agent provocateur?
Why would this august newspaper want such a crittur?
To offend readers and/or give Yvetta RSI through constant flagging of stephenb?
It's inexplicable ...
As well as inexcusable.


telegramsam

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 16:53

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Sort of Yvetta. According to Wikipedia:

False flag operations are covert operations designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one's own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and can be used in peace-time.

Maybe I read too many spy novels.


Yvetta

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 18:03

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Ooooh, I do love you (some of the time!).
Still doesn't explain the JC's reason ...


telegramsam

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 18:26

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No it doesn't, does it? Beats the bejeezuss out of me.


Yvetta

Sun, 11/07/2010 - 19:25

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Never heard that phrase before I watched the flick "Glory" - very moving film, actually.

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