Saturday, June 25, 2005

Turkish lack of delights 

In case you've missed it - and who wouldn't - the last installment of a travesty known as the "World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI)" has been slowly unfolding in Istanbul:
Making opening remarks of the culminating session, Arundhati Roy, spokesperson of the Jury of Conscience, said, "the testimonies at the previous sessions of the WTI in Brussels and New York have demonstrated that even those of us who have tried to follow the war in Iraq closely are not aware of a fraction of the horrors that have been unleashed in Iraq."
One of the "Tribunal"'s "Advocates" Richard Falk says everything you really need to know about the whole exercise:
"Of course, this tribunal does not pretend to be a normal court of law with powers of enforcement. At the same time, it is acting on behalf of the peoples of the world to uphold respect for international law... This tribunal differs from a normal court of law in the following main respects: it is an organ of civil society, not of the state, and its essential purpose is to confirm the truth, not to discover it."
Enough said, except to mention that I really love how some people who were never elected to anything, and most of whom have no hope of ever being elected to anything, seem to always speak on behalf of "the people". As with their approach to legal process, they obviously do not need to "discover" if they actually speak for anyone at all, by for example putting themselves up as candidates in democratic elections; no, that "truth" has already been "confirmed" in their minds, mostly by other like-minded (or like-mindless) champions of "civil society", and by the fact that the media still pays them any attention.

The last word should go to appropriately named participant, Larry Everest, who has managed to build this towering mountain of lies: "With two wars and 13 years of criminal sanctions, the United States has been responsible for more deaths in Iraq than Saddam Hussein."

How do you top that?


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