Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Terrorists' Rights Trump National Security

Britain has gotten wise. It is deporting individuals who it deems are threats to its national security. And who could blame them?

Radical human rights groups, of course! It seems that Amnesty International, Liberty and the UN all feel that it is a bad thing to deport 10 Islamist terrorists who were interdicted as a result of last month's bombings. They are concerned that these terrorists' countries of origin may mistreat them, and if you read the articles, it seems to me that they don't think that they can trust a number of Middle-Eastern nations not to torture these expatriates. The funniest thing about it is that these are, again, terrorists. They fear the very treatment which they want to bring to the western world that naively gives them quarter. How ironic. Further, it seems that by the logic of these "human rights" organizations (as one might ask, "which humans' rights are they defending?"), the rights of the terrorists not to be harmed as part of a just punishment exceed those of the peace-loving people of the nations the terrorists are trying to harm.

Interestingly, the nations about which there exists the most concern are Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Syria, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates. Most interesting are the comments from Manfred Novak, the UN's special rapporteur on torture in the above-linked article. Speaking for the U.N., he stated:
If a country usually and systematically practises torture, then of course they would deny they were doing it.

Fair enough, although I suppose those nations which do not practice torture would likewise deny it, but I digress. His inartfully stated point is that he does not trust these nations, and with good reason. But Mr. Novak's organization, the U.N., has had all of the above suspect nations, with the exception of Yemen and the UAE as members of its Commission on Human Rights within the last five years. Browse the list of member states and enjoy. China was on it during the Tiannanmen Square crackdown in 1989. Draw your own conclusions.

One possible solution would be to send them to such current benevolent member states as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or the Sudan, all of whom welcome radical Islamist activity and would almost surely not torture such individuals.

But I think Mr. Novak may have spoken out of school. Many of the nations whom he rightly distrusts are representative of most of the nations which comprise the U.N.--third world tinpot dictatorships. But the U.N. seems to forget that these nations whom it does not trust to punish their own citizens are the same nations which are given voice to criticize the United States and Britain for protecting itself from those same people who propose to commit acts of mass murder within their borders.

"Trevor, the matrix...is not perfect."

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