Archive for May 2004

Amnesty Irrational

Here’s an article
on the latest report by Amnesty International. If you can figure out what Amnesty
International would do if it had the power, let me know. I haven’t a clue.

As an active member of Amnesty International, I wrote letters to Saddam Hussein
begging him to free prisoners of conscience in Iraq. He never did – until the
Marines chased him from power.

I am an advocate of non-violence, but only when your enemy has a conscience.
Non-violence would work in the Palestinian Territories against Israel. It worked
against the British in India, and the US in the 1950s and 1960s. It has failed
to drive China out of Tibet – and it failed to drive Saddam from power. The
Taliban never worried about Amnesty reports when they sowed Afghan women up
in burkas and machine gunned them in public, nor when they collapsed walls on
alleged homosexuals.

Amnesty is gripped by knee-jerk anti-Americanism and has lost all sense of
its mission.

It’s a shame.