Friday, November 18, 2005

Substandard offer rejected by UN

Acoustic Dad points us to a UK Guardian article on the UN rejecting an offer from the US to tour Guantanamo because of the restrictions placed on the visit. The UN rightly thinks it's rather a waste of time to investigate the repeated claims of abuse, if they are not allowed to interview inmates in private.
"We deeply regret that the United States government did not accept the standard terms of reference for a credible, objective and fair assessment of the situation of the detainees at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility," they said in a statement.

The special investigator, Martin Nowak, added that the US's stance compared poorly with that of China, which had allowed unrestricted access to its jails.
As Acoustic Dad said, "Less cooperative than China huh? Do you guys realise how stupid you look?" Unfortunately Dad, some of us do.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the more astounding aspects of this situation is the failure of Bush supporters to recognise its significance and severity; both in the reality of the actions of the Bush Administration and how the US is now being portrayed in the international community.

As CSC5502D so eloquently commented on my post:

"The difference is that the UN is much more friendly to countries like China and other dictatorial regimes then it is to us."

The US is now being compared to China - an infamous abuser of people and ignorer of freedoms - and the greatest argument they can muster sounds more like a 4 year old complaining about unfair treatment of their sibling ("Well, the UN like's them more.") than a logical adult argument that addresses the facts.

Well guys, as my parent's used to tell me when I was being a brat: This is about you, not them.

6:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

I have to admit I'm astounded on a daily basis by the cluelessness of the Bush noise machine but considering the polls, I think it's clear whose message is getting through.

9:42:00 AM  

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