Investor's Business Daily
March 31, 2008
The newest adviser to the U.N. Human Rights Council hates democracies and loves dictators. The only right he wants is to bash the United States and Israel. Truly, the inmates are running this asylum.
We commented last week on how the Human Rights Council of the U.N. has ignored China's occupation and brutalization of the Tibetan nation while finding time to condemn Israel a dozen times in the HRC's two years of existence.
This is no surprise when people like Jean Ziegler, a former Swiss Socialist lawmaker, is picked as one of the council's 18 advisers. His election last week as one of three Western representatives shows that the only thing changed from the old U.N. Commission on Human Rights is the title — to protect the idiotic and hypocritical.
Ziegler's nomination by the Swiss prompted U.N. Watch, a Geneva-based nongovernmental organization, and 14 other NGOs to write the Swiss government urging it to withdraw his candidacy.
In their letter, the NGOs said Ziegler's term as a special "rapporteur" (investigator/reporter) on the "right to food" showed he "embodied everything that was discredited about the old Commission on Human Rights: gross politicization, selectivity, lack of professionalism and lack of credibility." It's worth noting that in 2004 Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez nominated him for this same post.
Ziegler typifies the Mad Hatter worldview held by most representatives and officials at the U.N. According to him, the U.S. is committing "genocide" in Cuba, and Israel commits "state terror" and "war crimes" with the U.S.'s blessing.
In one of his last acts as "right to food" watchdog, Ziegler earlier this month filed a report with the HRC on his visit to Cuba last October. In the report, he blamed not a half-century of Communist rule, but America's "illegal blockade" of the island as Cuba's main obstacle to feeding its people.
As for caring for the world's hungry, the U.N. Watch report, "Blind to Burundi," documents that from 2000 to 2004, Ziegler systematically failed to speak out for numerous food emergencies — in Burundi, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone and elsewhere.
He is also friends to thugs and terrorists. In 1986, U.N. Watch reports, Ziegler served as adviser to Ethiopian dictator Colonel Mengistu on a constitution instituting one-party rule. In 2002, he praised Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe, saying, "Mugabe has history and morality with him."
The history Ziegler has in mind must be that of the Third Reich. In Mugabe's 28 years of Marxist rule, he has shown no interest in human rights or feeding people. Instead, he has taken once-productive farmland from white Zimbabweans and deprived an estimated 700,000 of their homes and businesses. The life expectancy for males is 37, for females 34.
Another of Ziegler's heroes is Libya's Muammar Qad-dafi. In 1989, shortly after Libyan agents blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, killing 270 people from 21 countries, including 189 Americans, Ziegler went to Libya to co-found the "Muammar Qaddafi Human Rights Prize." Recipients of this prestigious honor have included Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Louis Farrakhan and Ziegler himself in 2002.
This year, during an interview in Lebanon, Ziegler said, "I refuse to describe Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. It is a national resistance movement. I can understand Hezbollah when they kidnap soldiers." He probably also understands when they rain Katyusha rockets on Israeli civilian populations.
Sometimes Ziegler's views get to be too much even for the U.N. In an unprecedented move, both Secretary-General Kofi Annan and High Commissioner Louise Arbour publicly denounced him in 2005 for comparing Israeli soldiers to concentration camp guards.
What the U.N. really needs is a special "rapporteur" for freedom and democracy. But we're not holding our breath.
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