In keeping with the America denigrating tone set by president Obama, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, told participants of the United Nations Human Rights Council that the U.S. has “not been perfect ourselves” on human rights issues.
Rice was discussing the pending membership of the United States on the U.N. Human Rights Council which has such human rights loving states as China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Nicaragua, Egypt, and Pakistan as members. With members of such high standards, it is no wonder that Ambassador Rice felt the need to apologize for the U.S.A.
In his New York Times piece for May 10, preeminent human rights activist Vaclav Havel called the U.N. Human Rights Council shameful and its election process “a farce.”
He goes on to lament the obvious fact that human rights is less a concern for the council than is mere politics.
Like the citizens of Azerbaijan, China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia, I know what it is like to live in a country where the state controls public discourse, suppresses opposition and severely curtails freedom of expression. It is thus doubly dismaying for me to see the willingness of democracies in Latin America and Asia to sit by and watch the council further lose its credibility and respect.
This simple fact of the matter is that this U.N. group is a joke filled with some of the worst abusers of human rights in the world. Yet, Obama’s Ambassador felt it incumbent upon herself to grovel at the feet of these abusers of their own people and apologize for the United States of America.
Obama’s “We Suck” tour of the world continues.