Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hillel Neuer is an unsung hero. Speaking truth to power, he addressed the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, where human rights have been perverted to protect murderers and despots and to serve as an effective tool for demonizing Israel across the globe, in this speech (Via LGF):

"Let us consider the past few months. More than 130 Palestinians were killed by Palestinian forces. This is three times the combined total that were the pretext for calling special sessions in July and November. Yet the champions of Palestinian rights—Ahmadinejad, Assad, Khaddafi, John Dugard—they say nothing. Little 3-year-old boy Salam Balousha and his two brothers were murdered in their car by Prime Minister Haniyeh’s troops. Why has this Council chosen silence?

Because Israel could not be blamed. Because, in truth, the dictators who run this Council couldn’t care less about Palestinians, or about any human rights."

Strangely enough, some bloggers found Neuer's straightforward criticism too raw for their dainty stomachs. I wonder how this message, which is indisputably correct and easily verifiable, could have been delivered in a more "diplomatic" way, so as to allow il Presidente to pretend that it was something else.

Is the truth to be judged by a pretty turn of a phrase rather than the substance of accumulated facts and records? It appears to me that Neuer was trying to avoid any misunderstanding here. His short speech was not meant to be another "J'accuse". He had a message to deliver, in the 4 minutes or so that he was given to make it and he was not going to waste it on stylistic embellishments.

How do you make such a clearly biased council face up to its hypocrisy? At what point do you give up on the great pretense that this council is interested in anything like human rights and tell it like it is?

I was very gratified by the chairman's response. Some blogger felicitously compared his barely contained outrage to Jack Nicholson's Col. Jessup's condescending remark in "A few good men":

"What I do want is for you to stand there in that faggoty white uniform and with your Harvard mouth extend me some fucking courtesy. You gotta ask me nicely."

I prefer to give the council president Luis Alfonso De Alba the benefit of a doubt as to what I suspect was really going on in his mind.


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