July 24, 2006

July 24, 2006: Louise Arbour ...

The link above applies only to the first article.

The UN's 'illegal' High Commissioner for Human Rights By Judi McLeod & Arthur Weinreb, July 24, 2006

When George Orwell penned his immortal words that "all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others", he must have had future Canadian Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louise Arbour, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in mind.

[....] This appointment ... illegal under Canadian law. [....]

The following is intended simply to give an idea of the scope of the article:

Search: intemperate remarks ... War crimes charges ... unbridled ambition ... Arbour’s former common law partner ... Ontario’s influential Attorney General, Ian Scott ... Despite her lack of training in Ontario’s common law ... equally influential Ottawa lawyer, David Scott ... Judicial Appointment Advisory Committee ... (federal) Judges Salary Commission ... able to `arrange’ ... Yugoslavia and Rwanda in the Hague ... illegal under Canadian law ... in matters within the legislative authority of Parliament ... paid by the UN ... instructions from the UN Tribunal ... well-connected ... Minister of Justice, Allan Rock ... unprecedented ... `Arbour’ amendment ... deputy, Mehr Khan Williams of Pakistan ... not a lawyer ... $500,000 in pensions and benefits ... a feminist and pro-abortion activist ... investigation into the operation of the correctional service ... allegations by female inmates ... equating Israel with Hezbollah ... inner circle of appeasers ... Sergio Vieira de Mello ... UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan ... met privately with "Mrs. ... Adrienne Clarkson ... doublespeak

Louise Arbour must go -- "Louise Arbour is part of the problem, not part of the solution. She should be replaced as High Commissioner for Human Rights before she does even more harm to the ability of democracies to combat terrorism within the rule of law." posted by Alan M. Dershowitz, [National Post] Friday, July 21, 2006

Alan M. Dershowitz is a professor of law at Harvard. He is also the author of Preemption: A Knife that Cuts Both Ways.

The absurdity and counterproductive nature of current international law was proven once again by a bizarre statement issued on Wednesday by Louise Arbour, The UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights and a former justice of the Canadian Supreme Court. She threatened "personal criminal responsibility" against Israeli generals and political leaders -- "those in positions of command and control" -- for the military actions they are taking to protect innocent civilians from Hezbollah and Hamas rocket and missile attacks.

Her theory of prosecution is that the shelling of cities could "constitute a foreseeable and unacceptable targeting of civilians," presumably even when the actual targets are terrorists and their rocket launchers, and when the Israeli air force takes extraordinary steps to minimize civilian casualties. She also erroneously stated that international law prohibits "the bombardment of sites with alleged military significance, but resulting invariably in the killing of innocent civilians."

Arbour's knowledge of international law is as questionable as her understanding of morality. Virtually every democratic nation has been forced to bomb cities during wartime, especially when the enemy locates crucial military targets near population centres. [....]

As Israel fights, the West dissembles Andrew Coyne, National Post, July 22, 2006, A21

On July 13, one day after Israel began its assault on Hezbollah's south Lebanon stronghold, the European Union denounced what it called Israel's "disproportionate use of force." France and Russia ....
I do not recall any of those parties issuing statements denouncing the Hezbollah rocket attacks on Haifa that precipitated the Israeli response [.... ]

The First Protocol to the Geneva Conventions reads in part: "The presence or movements of the civilian population ... shall not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations ... The Parties to the conflict shall not direct the movement of the civilian population ... in order to attempt to shield military objectives."

If you attempt to use civilians as human shields, you are yourself guilty of war crimes.
What is more, the culpability for any civilian deaths that occur as a result falls upon you, not the attacking party. Ms. [Louise] Arbour would do well to read the conventions she cites.

Arbour does not speak for all Canadians. Louise Arbour speaks for those who have appointed her to varying positions, not for all Canada.

London: Human rights at the U.N.? Please Commentary by Herbert London, 7/17/2006

The Human Rights Council of the U.N. General Assembly, prompted by Israel’s retaliation in Gaza for attacks against its military forces, requested a report “on the Israeli human rights violations in occupied Palestine.” Moreover, this Human Rights Council decided “to undertake substantive consideration of the Human Rights Violations and Implications of the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and other Occupied Arab territories at its next session and to incorporate this issue in its following sessions.”

[....] Third, it is important to consider which states are in the Human Rights Council writing this resolution. Member states include: Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cuba, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, and Tunisia. Non-member states include: Egypt, Iran, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Not only are the majority of these states Muslim, but most are sworn enemies of Israel. Most are tyrannical and most consistently violate the human rights of their own citizens. Yet remarkably these nations sit in judgment of Israel, the only truly democratic state in the Middle East. Here is a scenario only a George Orwell could do justice to. [....]

United Nations

Check the number of articles and the time frame

"The U.N. on the Loose" -- "News and commentary on the U.N. in general and its anti-Israeli bias in particular."

"It is a kind of moral idiocy: the greatest defender of freedom on the planet, enjoying the freest institutions, seeking its moral yardstick in the looking-glass values of a corrupt, perverse institutional relic." (Charles Krathammer)



[....] Kofi Annan's faith in "Mr. Nasrallah" and the Lebanese government, just after the UN had certified Israel's complete withdrawal from Lebanon six years ago, was somewhat misplaced. Now Annan is talking about sending a "considerably larger" force than UNIFIL with a "different concept of operation." What can we learn from the UN's failures in Lebanon?

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon was created after a March 11, 1978 PLO attack against Israel from Lebanon that [....]

For the talking heads, the main thing is to appear to be doing something -- whether anything positive is accomplished or not. What has UNIFIL accomplished since 1978? Should NATO or the UN get involved?

John McNee, Canada's about to be installed Ambassador to the UN: "Israel right to defend itself", UN envoy says. (Steven Edwards, July 22, 06, NatPost, A13)

By the way, "66% of Canadians approve handling of evacuation". ( July 22, 06, NatPost, A14)

NatPost, July 22, 06: Editorial: Holiday Inn Canadians

"Of the 16,000 evacuees expected on Canadian soil in the coming weeks, 4,000 or more will have no Canadian home to go to, nor any family here to call on, so completely had they severed their ties with Canada before the current hostilities between Hezbollah and Israel broke out.

.... They do not work here, pay no Canadian taxes, have little or no property or ties here. But they did have a Canadian passport

.... There are thousands of bolt-hole Canadians living in Hong Kong, and other countries ...." [....]

George Jonas, July 22, 06, A21: "Crocodile tears for paper citizens"

"The Lebanese part of dual citizenship entitles you to put yourself into harm's way. The Canadian part entitles you to be pulled out of it"

Lebanese-Canadian who flew to Ottawa on PM's plane arrested on arrival for fraud July 22, 06

Travelling with his wife and four children, Abbas Hachem, 40, was screened by RCMP officers in Cyprus who found a warrant for his arrest on six counts of fraud over $5,000. However, Mr. Hachem has no history of violence and "for humanitarian reasons, the Prime Minister and his staff decided against separating him from his wife and children, and they travelled back to Canada to safety together," [....]

Another to batten on Canada for years; he will never leave. You can bet on that. We don't need citizen-crooks. Does he have dual citizenship?

Pro-Terrorism Protesters Again Ellwood_P_Dowd, 7/23/2006 09:16:17, rosemarie59

I received an email from a friend with pictures of the protests in London. The Muslims are carrying signs the say things like:

"Islam Will Dominate the World"
"Slay Those Who Insult Islam"
"Behead Those Who Insult Islam"
"Europe, You will Pay, Demolition is on it's way"
"Butcher Those Who Mock Islam"
"Europe is the Cancer. Islam is The Answer"
"Freedom Go to He!!"
"Europe, Take some Lessons from 9/11"

These are pictures and protests that our own media has [sic] decided we are not to see. Why?

Is it any wonder why Muslims are not received well?

I received copies of these photos from a friend also. Someone protested on the CNEWS forum that these were--was it--understandable at the time of the Mohammed cartoons controversy; however, note the Human Rights Commission's response to a despicable Jesus cartoon at the University of Saskatchewan in The Sheaf.

Student newspaper avoids probe over Jesus cartoon Janet French, July 22, 06, NatPost

SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission has decided not to proceed with a complaint against a student newspaper that published an offensive cartoon of Jesus. [....]

On March 2, The Sheaf published a cartoon entitled Capitalist Piglet depicting Jesus performing a sex act on a pig.

Double standard? Remember that Ezra Levant is being sued by some Muslim group in Canada because he printed the cartoons and Indigo refused to carry Harpers magazine because it either had a photo of one of the Mohammed cartoons as part of an article or dealt with these controversies. Christian or Muslim, Canada? Human Rights Commissions seem to be especially useful for only certain protected groups, not Christians, of course. If free speech is a right, then Muslims had better learn to accept that free flow of differing opinions and ideas.

If Christians had marched carrying such placards, what would have been the response?

A new poll: Anti-Muslim sentiment highest in Quebec -- survey: One-quarter of Canadians hold negative views July 23, 06

MONTREAL - Of all Canadians, Quebecers are the ones most likely to admit they hold negative feelings about religious groups, especially Muslims, a recent survey conducted for the Association for Canadian Studies suggests.

[...] poll conducted by Leger Marketing.

[....] Fewer than one in five Canadians surveyed said they have a "very positive" view of Muslims, compared with 30% for Jews and 38% for Christians. [....]

There are so many Muslims in Quebec; I wonder why that result. Perhaps some Canadians still remember a time when Canada was not riven by hatreds ... at least to the degree of which we read now.

Muslims might want to do a little soul-searching on why there is such a negative response, in varying degrees, all across Canada.

Related: Doug Fisher: Is Canada headed for a clash of cultures? Ottawa Citizen; With files from Tony Lofaro and Calgary Herald, Published: Saturday, June 10, 2006

OTTAWA -- A controversial British historian [Niall Ferguson] who predicts a violent "clash of civilizations" between Muslims and western democracies

[....] "Canadian Muslims must share some blame for not doing more to stop the misleading of our youth in the name of Islam," Imam Syed B. Soharwardy said at a news conference at the Al Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre Friday. [....]

Finding Nuance and comments

Tehran, Hezbollah and a 'ceasefire' Jul. 24, 06, Op-Ed

[....] Israeli intelligence says that Iran and Syria continue working to resupply Hezbollah; the efforts are said to be coordinated by the Iranian embassy in Beirut. Iran is also believed to have several hundred members of its Revolutionary Guard stationed in Lebanon (most likely in the south or in the Bekaa Valley, a Hezbollah stronghold near the Syrian border).

In addition, Arab-language newspapers have reported that a secret 20-member Revolutionary Guard unit is monitoring IDF movements and deciding which targets to hit inside Israel. Ten days ago, Hezbollah fired a C802 missile which struck an Israeli ship, killing four sailors. Israel had been unaware that Hezbollah possessed such weapons. We should be prepared for the possibility of more such surprises, and expect that the war could turn out to be a long, protracted one.

The Bush administration needs to continue to fend off ill-considered plans to bring the Israeli operation in Lebanon to a premature conclusion.

Lebanon called on the United Nations yesterday to protect the country's archeological treasures -- the World Heritage sites of Baalbek and Tyre

[....] The centre of Baalbek, a Hezbollah bastion 90 kilometres east of Beirut, has been systematically targeted by Israel air raids. Just 300 metres from bombed buildings are the impressive remains of Roman temples, pictured at right. Tyre, which boasts a Roman hippodrome and a Phoenician port, has been a site of human habitation for 5,000 years.

Remember the destruction of the Bamian Buddha and the gold domed mosque in Iraq? Think of the UN. What do you expect?


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