Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Amnesty International

So they think the US, China and Russia all use national security as an excuse to abuse human rights. Really, that's no surprise. Neither is it untrue. There is some harsh language and there is quite a bit of scathing criticism. Of course, it won't matter. Hell, Rove is probably the only administration person in this country that will actually read everything they have to say...and that is only so he can figure out the best way to make it sound as though their statement is an indication that we are doing the right thing and winning the "war" on terror. Bush and cronies will mostly hear about this from Fox news which will certainly be highly critical of Amnesty International and the statement and talk about how patriotic security is (as opposed to liberty).

So their comments and report are useless. Everyone who agrees has already been of that mind, and those who like Bush won't read it and won't care. If Amnesty International wants to be effective they really need to take a harder hitting approach. Maybe kidnapping the leader of a country they know is abusing human rights, or, if that is not possible, one of that leader's children. Then keep them without a hearing and release a statement to the world that by complicitly calling that leader "dad" or "father" the son/daughter has been on the side of the human rights abusers. At least it would be ironic.

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