Amnesty urges Canada to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush

October 16, 2011

Somehow I don’t think Amnesty International is going to be watching the World Series

From Amnesty International:12 October 2011…Amnesty International today urged Canadian authorities to arrest and either prosecute or extradite former US President George W. Bush for his role in torture, ahead of his expected visit to Canada on 20 October.
“Canada is required by its international obligations to arrest and prosecute former President Bush given his responsibility for crimes under international law including torture,” said Susan Lee, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
“As the US authorities have, so far, failed to bring former President Bush to justice, the international community must step in. A failure by Canada to take action during his visit would violate the UN Convention against Torture and demonstrate contempt for fundamental human rights.” A failure by Canada to arrest former President Bush demonstrates contempt for human rights?
I have never seen Amnesty urge any Western nation to arrest Mahmoud Abbas, whose Palestinian Authority has been found to – surprise! – torture prisoners. Similarly, I cannot find any Amnesty calls to arrest leaders of Hamas or other terror groups. (Egypt, for example, is a signatory to the Convention Against Torture and Amnesty did not urge Egypt to arrest any Palestinian Arab terrorist or political leader responsible for torture when they are in its territory.)
Amnesty, it will be remembered, has defended a supporter of the Taliban as a “human rights defender” and suspended an employee who disagreed.
If anyone needed any more evidence of the twisted priorities of Amnesty International, this pretty much seals the deal.
(h/t CHA, Daled Amos and EOZ

I have my differences with G W Bush myself (for the opposite reasons)… but I find this amusing. It is awesome to see how far gone this organization is. It was rather recently that I merely disagreed with them, but still respected them… after all I used to like some of the songs by U2 and Bono… and The Chocolate War (which is dedicated to Amnesty International) is one of my favorite movies. It was with great pain that I disagreed with this group… but the more the facts came out, the more I realized that Amnesty International was beyond the pale.


The hidden divide between the Israeli Left and the Palestinian "moderates"

August 31, 2011
“Two states for two people” sign at Solidarity Movement march in support of Palestinian independence, Jerusalem, 15 July, 2011 (Photo: Dahlia Scheindlin)

…The concept of “two states for two peoples” has been the mantra of the Israeli “peace camp” for decades.
In what can only be considered a triumph by the leftists, this idea, which was was considered anathema to Israeli governments of both the right and the left, became mainstream Israeli policy. Even Ariel Sharon used that exact phrase in May, 2004 when unveiling the disengagement plan from Gaza (placing him far to the left of Yitzchak Rabin, who never accepted the idea of a “Palestinian state.”)
Similarly, that phrase has been highlighted by both George Bush and Barack Obama.
Yet the mainstream, supposedly moderate Palestinian Arab leadership has never accepted this key concept, and has been consistently and adamantly against it. To them, the idea of even accepting the existence of a Jewish people cannot be countenanced – even in private.
Any reasonable observer can see that this is a dealbreaker. The PLO’s insistence on trampling the idea of a Jewish people and a Jewish homeland means that real peace can never be achieved. They are the ones who are the true obstacle to peace, far more than anything the Israeli government has ever done. The majority of Israelis have steadily moved to the stated positions of the “peace” movement in the past two decades, while the majority of Palestinian Arabs have remained as obstinate as ever.

NYTIMES says Bush White House Spied on Juan Cole?

June 17, 2011
Question: Who was it that said that Shi’i and Sunni
terrorists didn’t work together?
Answer: Juan Cole

The Times also avoids the obvious question, which is why would the Bush administration use CIA manpower to dig up dirt to discredit Juan Cole, when they could have easily found the same information by looking at his delusional online ramblings? via Alana Goodman @ and image via

Ed Koch: Admits he was wrong about Obama

March 5, 2011

Tablet Magazine interviews former New York City Mayor and Congressman Ed Koch.

Ed Koch speaking in New York last year.
h/t via

ok fine… respect. now tell the old coot to shut up already. sincerely tired of his mouth. he was the one who told the old Jews in Florida to vote for Obama. now he is so sorry… shut the old queer up. we love you Ed. just stop dictating

typical Bush. He is right, but he is a hypocrite for saying it because he said he didn’t want to go into politics.

November 7, 2010
Former President George W. Bush is privately critical of Sarah Palin (below), but stops short of criticizing the likes of Barack Obama in his upcoming memoir 'Decision Points.'
Palin is not qualified to be President, Bush has told friends. The Tea Party darling Palin is mulling a 2012 run for the White House.
Palin is not qualified to be President, Bush has told friends. The Tea Party darling Palin is mulling a 2012 run for the White House.
Bush's 'Decision Points' comes out Tuesday.

Crown Publishers/AP

The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn’t qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform.

“Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man,” a Republican official familiar with Bush’s thinking told the Daily News.
“He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin.”
As he prepares for the Tuesday launch of his memoir, “Decision Points,” Bush scrupulously gives his successor a public pass – a statesmanlike stance urged by his father, President George H. W. Bush.
“I want my President to succeed because if my President succeeds my country succeeds, and I want my country to succeed,” Bush typically says when asked about Obama.
“He won’t call Obama by name but he won’t trash him,” a confidant noted, referring to Bush’s comments in post-presidency speaking appearances, which have netted him millions, often at $100,000 or more a pop.
Still, he thinks Obama has failed as a President – a judgment supported by this week’s robust Republican gains.
Several Bush friends, associates and longtime political allies said President 43 is worried about Obama’s Afghanistan policy.
He supports the troop surge and more muscular drone strikes against terrorist targets, but also believes Obama has made a mess of relations with Pakistan.
“He thinks the policy is adrift,” one insider reported.
Predictably, Bush also believes his tax cuts shouldn’t be allowed to expire, including those for the wealthiest of Americans Obama wants to deep-six.
For the most part, Bush lets others worry about the politics these days while he focuses on building his presidential library and his lucrative speech business.

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Former US Defense Official Says Pollard Punishment Too Harsh

October 12, 2010
A former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration wrote U.S. President Barack Obama that Jonathan Pollard’s punishment was too harsh. The letter, written two weeks ago and revealed on IDF Radio Tuesday morning, gives new hope for a committee that has been working for years to convince the Israeli government to pressure the United States to free Pollard.

A U.S. court sentenced him to life imprisonment for passing on classified information to Israel from the Pentagon, where he worked. The offense usually carries a punishment of two to four years in jail, a point made by former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense Lawrence J. Korb in his letter.
“Despite Pollard’s admission of guilt, cooperation with authorities, [and the fact that he] asked for a plea bargain, he received a disproportional punishment,” Korb wrote.
Last month, rumors circulated in Washington that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered to extend the 10-month building freeze if President Obama were to pardon Pollard. U.S. national security officials reportedly scotched the proposal, if it actually was offered by the Prime Minister.
During the Wye Plantation negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel in 1998, CIA Director George Tenet  threatened to resign when he heard that then-President Bill  Clinton was considering freeing Pollard.

I doubt Obama is the President who will do the right thing. Bush W certainly wasn’t. Clinton wasn’t… and yes absolutely… Reagan and Bush Sr. wasn’t.  Do you really think Obama cares for Israel? I sure as hell don’t think any US president who withheld chemical warfare information against Jews is a friend of Israel. They get away with this because…. obviously the Israel lobby isn’t as powerful as the conspiracy theorists claim…  well… duh! the CIA and government is probably the people pushing this Ron Paul lie about Jews controlling things.

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Green Revolution is Dead – Mir-Hossein Mousavi, the leader of Iran’s opposition green movement was involved in the massacre of more than 10,000 political prisoners in 1988, according to a report.

June 15, 2010
Mir-Hossein Mousavi 'involved in massacre', says report

Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Iran opposition leader Photo: REUTERS
Mr Mousavi, the defeated candidate in last June’s presidential election, served as Iran’s prime minister when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the regime’s spiritual leader, issued a fatwa that sentenced thousands of political prisoners to death without trial, according to the report by one of Britain’s leading human rights lawyers.
Mr Mousavi is one of several prominent Iranian politicians who are accused of implementing the order. According to a detailed report published by Geoffrey Robertson QC, who specialises in human rights law, the prisoners were executed for refusing to recant their political and religious beliefs.

if Bret Stephens is right, what Mousavi did is irrelevant to Iran’s future: The ‘green revolution’ is dead.

Suppose that in the days following last year’s fraudulent election in Iran, the U.S. and its Western allies had warned Tehran’s leaders that their repression at home would be met, swiftly and severely, with consequences abroad. For every Neda Soltan shot dead in the street, an Iranian diplomat posted abroad would be expelled. For every foreigner put on trial in Iran, a Western firm doing business in the country would close its doors. For every opposition activist hanged, deliveries of imported gasoline would be curtailed.
And for every call to wipe Israel off the map, the U.S. would supply the Jewish state with 100 bunker-busters suitable for use against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Had any of that happened, it’s just possible that Iran’s leaders might have hesitated before moving ahead with their bloody crackdown and, in hesitating, given Iran’s democratic opposition the opening it needed to sustain itself. But it didn’t happen. In those critical June days, as the regime wobbled, the Obama administration opted to ease the regime’s fears instead of multiplying them. And instead of creating leverage for himself, the president conceded it preemptively in hopes of currying favor for a nuclear deal.
A year on, we are living with the consequences of his failure.

Worst of all, the Green movement is, if not extinguished completely, little more than a flickering ember. The three million Iranians who marched for freedom last June may have to wait another generation for a similar opportunity.

Revolutions are also a question of luck and circumstance. In Berlin in 1989, a befuddled East German Politburo member misread his instructions and announced that East Germans were henceforth free to travel to the West. Thus—thus!—did the Wall come down. Two years later in Moscow, some visibly nervous coup plotters took to a stage to announce Gorbachev’s early retirement. Their shaky performance allowed Boris Yeltsin to rally Russians against them. It helped that Yeltsin didn’t have, in George H.W. Bush, an American president who refused to “meddle” in the country’s internal affairs.

“They were hung from cranes, four at a time, or in groups of six from ropes hanging from the stage of the prison assembly hall,” the report states. “Their bodies were doused with disinfectant, packed in refrigerated trucks, and buried by night in mass graves.”

In an interview given to Austrian television in December 1988, Mr Mousavi tried to defend the mass executions of the prisoners, many of whom were members of the Marxist “Mojahedin Khalq” organisation, which opposed the Islamic regime established by Khomeini following the 1979 Iranian revolution.
“We had to crush the conspiracy,” said Mr Mousavi. “In that respect we have no mercy.”

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