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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Do what I say, not what I do?

Bush astounds activists, supports human rights
Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, the president called for renewed efforts to enforce the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a striking point of emphasis for a leader who's widely accused of violating human rights in waging war against terrorism.

Bush didn't mention the U.S. prisons in Afghanistan or at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. practice of holding detainees for years without legal charges or access to lawyers, or the CIA's "rendition" kidnappings of suspects abroad, all issues of concern to human rights activists around the world.

"At first read, it's little more than an exercise in hypocrisy. His words about human rights ring hollow because his credibility is nonexistent," said Curt Goering, the deputy executive director of Amnesty International USA. "The gap between the rhetoric and the actual record is stunning. I can't help but believe many people in the audience were thinking, 'What was this man thinking?' "
McClatchy is one of the few remaining press outfits that still has what outfits such as the NY Times, Washington Post and even the Wall Street Journal and TV/Radio outfits such as CBS, NBC and CNN once had.

I'm just surprised that the audience didn't laugh him off the stage, the way that the students at Columbia did when President Ahmonajihad proclaimed that there were no homosexuals in Iran.


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