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Tuesday, September 19, 2006


AWol apparently went to the UN with handouts. Like they're his fourth-grade class or something. The White House web site page with the transcript of his speech has a link to this fact sheet. I haven't made it through the second paragraph, and already I'm outraged. Here's that paragraph:
We Are Seeing A Bright Future Begin To Take Root In The Broader Middle East. The principles animating this future can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights' statement that the "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." In the nearly six decades since that document was approved, we have seen the forces of freedom and moderation transform entire continents.
I thought chutzpah was the guy who killed his parents and then pleaded for mercy because he was an orphan, but I think aWol has redefined it. Let's look at some of the articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Article 10: Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
Article 11: Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence. ...
Article 12: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Five articles he is actively and vehemently ignoring, right this minute. And there are other articles on which he is at least pushing the limits. For Bush to actually bring up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (which he does in the speech as well)--now that's chutzpah! Although later, the "fact" sheet tries to rewrite even this new definition:
Freedom, By Its Nature, Cannot Be Imposed--It Must Be Chosen
(Emphasis and underline in original.) So. The invasion of Iraq wasn't about the oil, weapons of mass destruction, ties to 9/11. And now it wasn't about imposing freedom either??? Does he realize that he has now left himself with only one possible explanation--that the war was simply a way to funnel billions of future taxpayer dollars into the hand of Republican cronies? There is nothing left.