I fully expect this will simply add fuel to the fire in the ongoing anti-military argument circulating through the blogosphere the administration:
The United Nations on Sunday condemned as “utterly unacceptable” the alleged abuse of detainees at the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, and urged the U.S. military to allow a probe by Afghan human rights investigators.
The New York Times reported Friday that poorly trained U.S. soldiers had repeatedly abused detainees. Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called for tough punishment of abusers, and for the United States to hand over all Afghans still in its custody.
Please, right-wingers, because I am particularly cranky this week-end, spare me the howls of outrage about an organization that has Sudan, Egypt and all sorts of rogue governments sitting on the Human Rights council having the nerve to criticize the United States on torture.
While our sins pale in comparison to the hideous regimes, and I would in no way equate our sins with those of Syria or countries like her, we continue to rend people to these countries for torture. We continue to do little to nothing about the ongoing abuses that are alleged in virtually every prison camp we are running. So far, the only people to pay a price are a few low level enlisted soldiers and one General had a star removed and was able to retire on full pay.
So just spare me the outrage at the UN making these statements. What do you expect them to say?
And while you are at it, recognize that their statements of outrage will most likely be every bit as inconsequential as the frequent statements of outrage over abuse made by our Congressmen and this administration. The UN, much like the United States, knows how to say the ‘right’ things, do nothing, and get back to business as usual.
I am, in short, just flat outraged out.