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June 7, 2008
US Walking away from Human Rights Forum
We probably won't be doing much of this if Obamamessiah gets elected president. Such things as walking away from useless, hypocritical forums sponsored by the UN on human rights will be seen as impolite - we wouldn't want to offend the thugs and murderers:
The United States has quietly informed Western allies of its intention to walk away from the U.N. Human Rights Council, diplomatic sources said on Friday. Ah yes! Those bastions of human rights found in Russia, China, and Cuba. Leave it to those and other brutish countries to presume to tell the US about our human rights record.
The U.S. delegation has observer status, with the right to speak, in the 47-member state forum, which meets in Geneva, and has never stood for election to the Council since it was set up two years ago.
Diplomatic sources and rights activists said that U.S. officials had informed the European Union on Friday morning of its intention to halt its involvement in the Council.
"They said they were going to disengage totally," said one representative of a rights watchdog group.
In a Council debate on Friday on the situation in Myanmar, the United States failed to take the floor on a topic on which until now it has always been vocal, a possible sign that it had little further interest in the body. The Council replaced the widely discredited U.N. Commission on Human Rights.
But it is seen by critics as having fallen under control of a bloc of Islamic and African countries, which have a majority when backed by their frequent allies Russia, China and Cuba.
John McCain supports a "League of Democracies" that would pretty much make Russia, China, and Cuba irrelevant on the big security issues facing the world. Mr. Obama would prefer to work through an organization like the UN that has proved itself totally incapable of addressing the vital issues that mean life and death to so many on this planet.
Therein lies a huge difference between the candidates - one that might resonate with the American people if McCain promotes it the right way.