Thursday, August 22, 2002

Bauer: The fox is guarding the henhouse

Under the rules of the United Nations, it is Africa's turn to choose which nation will chair the 53-member UN Human Rights Commission. The African nations have caucused, held their vote and in their wisdom selected Muammar Gaddafi's Libya! Yes, that's right. Libya is the best they could come up with.

According to a report from our own State Department, Libya routinely tortures prisoners using such methods as electric shock, applying corkscrews to the back, pouring lemon juice in open wounds and suspending prisoners from poles inserted between the knees and elbows.

With each passing day under Secretary General Kofi Annan, the United Nations becomes more of joke. This confederacy of thugs routinely outvotes the free nations of the world and then uses the U.N. infrastructure to harass the United States and our allies. Remember this vote the next time you hear some U.N. bureaucrat criticizing America for how the Al Qaeda prisoners are being treated in Cuba. Compared to how prisoners are treated in much of the Third World, including Libya, the guys we are holding are staying in the equivalent of the Waldorf-Astoria!