In the twisted world of the United Nations where fair is foul and foul is fair, Richard Falk is the perfect man to lead the Human Rights Council's continuing efforts to de-legitmize Israel and find fault in whatever the United States says or does.
By perfect I mean they found someone who is a Jewish American to crap on both his home country and his religious heritage. His official title is a "United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967."
Falk is a big believer in "human rights", who called the Ayatollah Khomeini a liberator. He blames Islamofacist terror on the fact that much of Islam "finds itself under the heels of U.S. economic, military, cultural, and diplomatic power." (Well at least that is cleared up). Falk is also a member of a lawyers organization that the CIA once called a "front" for the Soviet Union and just like Rosie O'Donnell is a member of groups who are still waiting for the "real" story of 9/11.
An Op-ed in the latest issue of Foreign Policy Journal called A Commentary on the Marathon Murders (dated 4/22) Falk contended that the US because of its fantasy of global domination got what it deserved last week in Boston, and the source of it all (of course)was Israel.
Aside from the tensions of the moment, self-scrutiny and mid-course reflections on America’s global role is long overdue. Such a process is crucial both for the sake of the country’s own future security and also in consideration of the wellbeing of others. Such adjustments will eventually come about either as a result of a voluntary process of self-reflection or through the force of unpleasant events. How and when this process of reassessment occurs remains a mystery. Until it does, America’s military prowess and the abiding confidence of its leaders in hard power diplomacy makes the United States a menace to the world and to itself. Such an observation is as true if the more avowedly belligerent Mitt Romney rather than the seemingly dovish Barack Obama was in the White House. Such bipartisan support for maintaining the globe-girdling geopolitics runs deep in the body politic, and is accompanied by the refusal to admit the evidence of national decline. The signature irony is that the more American decline is met by a politics of denial, the more rapid and steep will be the decline, and the more abrupt and risky will be the necessary shrinking of the global leadership role so long played by the United States. We should be asking ourselves at this moment, “How many canaries will have to die before we awaken from our geopolitical fantasy of global domination?”But its not just America, Falk found a way to bring Israel into it:
..As long as Tel Aviv has the compliant ear of the American political establishment, those who wish for peace and justice in the world should not rest easy.And of course in an allusion to his "truther" beliefs, Falk suggest that the United States became a nation of Islamophobes because we believed the "lies" about 9/11/01.
Such responses are generally benevolent, especially when compared to the holy war fevers espoused by national leaders, the media, and a vengeful public after the 9/11 attacks that also embraced Islamophobic falsehoods. Maybe America has become more poised in relation to such extremist incidents, but maybe not. It is soon to tell, and the somewhat hysterical Boston dragnet for the remaining at large and alive suspect does suggest that the wounds of 9/11 are far from healed.This is not the first time Falk has spewed this type of Anti-American nonsense. In November of 2010 Falk was admonished by US United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his public declarations that the full story of who was behind 9/11 is still unknown.
Falk replied by saying that he wasn't doubting the official version of 9/11 but he just wanted to fill some holes of unknown information, and that the criticism against him was just the work of "The Lobby" (the Joooooos) trying to silence him from talking about Palestine. Since his comments were captured on tape, it appears that Falk's denial is just another one of those Falk-ing lies.
Falk's feelings are not atypical of a UN Human Rights Council whose membership has included many repressive states such as China, Zimbabwe, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Uganda and Pakistan as members but spends nearly all of it's time finding a way to censure Israel.
Under the Bush Administration the United States refused to be a part of the UN Human Rights council farce. But one of President Obama's first moves as was to push for US inclusion on the committee (not that anything has changed in the past four years).
Perhaps its time for the president to reconsider our membership on this UN Kangaroo court, "engaging" hasn't worked and based on its leadership (such as Richard Falk) our reputation is being sullied by the Administration's proximity to these repressive regimes and crazy policy positions.