Friday, November 19, 2004
It's Just Funny, Is All
Angry at Being Targeted by U.S. on Human Rights, Belarus Accuses U.S. of Abuses
The draft resolution expressed concern about numerous alleged violations, including limiting human rights under the pretext of fighting terrorism, blocking poor and minority voters in U.S. elections and attacking press freedom.I realize that Bush could care less what the world thinks, but to have a former Soviet republic get feisty on George's behind is refreshing -- and disturbing. In the old days, people really did believe that the U.S. had a "moral voice" when speaking about human rights.
Dabkiuinas also cited the "regretful example" of the United States "arm-twisting" other countries to exempt Americans from possible prosecution for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, which President Bush's administration opposes.
"We believe that this resolution should send (a) strong and timely message to the government of the United States and encourage it in a positive and constructive way to take all necessary measures to improve the human rights situation in the country," Dabkiuinas said.
The pair of resolutions ended up withdrawn, ending a possible lively debate about what constitutes human rights and a whole bunch of score-settling.
And a good morning to everyone out there on this gray and rainy Friday. May go out and look at the lake again, or maybe just draw. Have some images to unload upon you from the camera, and still have Part Three of my Purse series to finish.
Be back later.
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