Or perhaps it’s the way the BBC skewed this.
It’s about “human rights” and it would appear the the UN has been looking through the wrong end of the telescope (again).
“As the world’s most powerful state, the USA sets the standard for government behaviour globally,” the report says.
It notes that Washington “had distinguished itself in recent years through its defiance of international law”.
Whether or not you thing that Guantanmo Bay should be closed down to regard the US as a major human rights violator demonstrates an appalling lack of perspective.
The USA isn’t perfect (is anywhere?) but they’re Accrington Stanley compared to the AC Milans and Manchester Uniteds when it comes to human right violations out there.
It’s OK to be gay in the US. In Iran it’s a capital offense.
For the slightly bonkers faith of Falun Gong the Chinese will persecute you. It’s perfectly legal in the US.
It’s OK to change your religion in the US. In much of the Muslim world that’s illegal. This right is specifically included in the UN’s own Universal Declaration on Human Rights but that detail doesn’t appear to concern them.
There is all manner of chaos, hardship and slaughter, rape and pillage going on in the world today. Comrade Bob is systematically starving an entire once prosperous nation, The Burmese Junta have shown themselves recently to be even more dispiccable than previously thought (That’s a World Cup winning performance), Hamas and Fatah (the evil Tweedledums and Tweedledees of the Middle East are keeping the Gaza Strip a truly epic shit-hole and a complete mad man in Tehran is calling for a sovereign nation to be “wiped from the page of time”.
All of this is, obviously, clearly the fault of America.
I think the world has more pressing injustices than Guantanamo, the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (he would have got a lot worse from me) and extraordinary renditions (Kyung Wha Chung at the top of her game?).
It’s well past time for the civilised nations of the world to quit the UN. They can have the building at a market rate. They can keep Manhatten’s up-scale restaurants and high-class hookers in the manner to which they have become accustomed and they can argue the toss to their hearts content. It will give them an interest in life.