From my book:
Decades before the post-American president took office, Ayn Rand saw the U.N. for what it was, and what every free person should have known it was – and it has only gotten worse since then: “Psychologically, the U.N. has contributed a great deal to the gray swamp of demoralization – of cynicism, bitterness, hopelessness, fear and nameless guilt – which is swallowing the Western world.”[i] That, of course, was just the kind of guilt Obama and his cronies were playing upon. This guilt and demoralization was largely due to Communism in those days; now, the “gray swamp” is still there, but it stems from Islam.
Ayn Rand, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, Signet, 1986. P. 148.
In May 2009, the U.S. joined the notorious cabal of evildoers, the United Nations Human Rights Council – which the Bush Administration had boycotted for its relentless defamation and demonization of Israel and refusal to condemn human rights violations in Islamic countries, notably Sudan. Ironically, the U.S. would sit on the council with four notorious human rights violators: China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia.[i] In December 2009 the watchdog group UN Watch issued a report showing that the Human Rights Council had effectively become an enabler for human-rights violators, rather than a genuine defender of human rights. Hillel Neuer, UN Watch’s executive director, remarked: “Paradoxically, as our report today shows, the U.N.’s main human rights body has turned into the world’s leading sponsor of impunity for gross human rights abuses worldwide. It’s a case of the foxes guarding the chickens, with countries like China, Russia, Pakistan, Cuba and Saudi Arabia shielding each other’s abuses. Democracies should send a signal by opposing the council’s resolutions, even if they will be outvoted.
WikiLeaks inadvertently reveals Israel took great care to avoid civilian casualties Tom Gross
* Whereas in other modern wars we now know that civilians account for an average of 90 percent of casualties, by contrast in last year's Israel-Hamas Gaza war, less than half of Palestinian fatalities were noncombatants.
* In a just world, the UN would open up an investigation into all 42 countries with combat troops in Afghanistan (and all the other dozens of conflicts around the world), and WikiLeaks would concentrate on revealing human rights violations and government cover-ups in countries like Russia, China and Saudi Arabia.
* In spite of the fact that Gaza is much wealthier than Haiti, Gaza has been pledged 7.5 times more U.S. aid per capita than Haiti. The toll of dead and injured in Haiti in the last two years is vastly greater than that of Gaza.
* "You in the West do not live like human beings. You do not even live like animals. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?" Hamas leader in Gaza Dr. Mahmoud Al-Zahar tells Reuters.
Read the dispatch here:
WIKILEAKS STORY REVEALS ISRAEL TOOK GREAT CARE TO AVOID CIVILIANS CASUALTIES
Sharp-eyed readers might have noticed that at the very end of its news story on WikiLeaks's release last weekend of documents detailing tens of thousands of casualties during the Iraq war, The New York Times revealed that for most of the last century, the average civilian-to-combatant wartime fatality ratio has been 10:1.
The Times reported (hat tip: Evelyn Gordon): "Civilians have borne the brunt of modern warfare, with 10 civilians dying for every soldier in wars fought since the mid-20th century, compared with 9 soldiers killed for every civilian in World War I, according to a 2001 study by the International Committee of the Red Cross."
Whereas in other modern wars, civilians account for 90 percent of casualties, by contrast in last year's Israel-Hamas war in Gaza less than half of Palestinian fatalities - 39 percent - were noncombatants - and that number would have been even lower had Hamas not stored weapons in civilian institutions and fired rockets from private Palestinian homes which it commandeered.