Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Roanoke Times -- The dog that won't bark?

Today's Roanoke Times carries an entirely predictable editorial which sums up the sentencing of Lynndie England by attempting to hold George Bush responsible for Abu Ghraib.

[Miss England]is not alone. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was wrong in his previous role as White House counsel when he wrote a memo that sought to find legal justifications to permit the use of torture in interrogations against al-Qaida and Taliban fighters, while finding the Geneva Conventions "quaint" and "obsolete." Gonzales, though, was himself only attempting to find legal cover for the attitudes of both Defense Secretary Rumsfeld and President George W. Bush, who didn't want to be restrained by the niceties of international law.

You have to wonder what the Roanoke Times would say if George Bush pardoned Miss England and appointed her to a cushy position on a State Department committee on human rights? Do you suppose the RT would like that?

Then why does the Roanoke Times say nothing about the present scandal over the appointment of notorious human rights abuser Zimbabwe to the U.N. Human Rights Commission? Where is "international law" in all this, Roanoke Times?

This is so reminiscent of how in 2003, when the Bush administration was pleading with the U.N. to enforce its disarmament resolutions, the Roanoke Times downplayed the fact that Iraq was the President of the U.N. Committee on Disarmament and Libya was a member of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

At least we learned of the mistreatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib because of military servicemen blowing the whistle. What whistle is the Roanoke Times blowing on U.N. corruption and scandal? What warning bark is that dog giving us?

Of course, the latest scandal involving Zimbabwe might show George Bush was right not to trust American security to the Kofi Annan-led bunch of thugs trading penance with each other for atrocities. And it might show Bush is right to nominate John Bolton as ambassador to an organization badly in need of reform.

Get 'er done, John.