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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

Bush Tells UN Inalienable Rights Foundation of Justice

"The equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom and justice and peace in the world." George W. Bush, Address to the United Nations, 19 September 2006

Reference: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/18/AR2006091800196.html

In his address today to the United Nations George W. Bush began with the quotation above which he noted "can be found in the very first sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If President Bush desires peace in the Middle East he would have continued quoting from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; specifically, Article 13, Section 2, which states: "Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country."

"At the start of the 21st century, it is clear that the world is engaged in a great ideological struggle between extremists who use terror as a weapon to create fear and moderate people who work for peace," continued President Bush, and he admonished Hamas to "serve the interests of the Palestinian people, abandon terror, recognize Israel's right to exist, honor agreements that work for peace."

There is nothing "moderate" about the notion of the killing machine Israel's "right to exist" as a Jewish state, which serves bigoted immigrants while violating the "inalienable" rights Bush extolls at the expense of the indigenous people.

The interests of the Palestinian people are not served by "moderates" who with extreme egotism talk about bartering away inalienable rights. Inalienable rights are just that. They may neither be negotiated by individuals nor by governments. These "moderates" are in the words of Palestinian researcher Dr. Salman Abu Sitta abetting ethnic cleansing, which is a war crime.

President Bush looks to a "more hopeful world within our reach...where ordinary men and women are free to determine their own destiny, where the voices of moderation are empowered, and where extremists are marginalized by the peaceful majority."

I couldn't agree with Bush more. It's certainly time for the Palestinian refugees, many of whom are "within" a fifty kilometer "reach" of their homes to be "empowered," through the implementation of their inalienable right to return to their villages and towns.

Bush talks of giving "voice to the hopes of decent men and women who want for their children the same thing we want for ours."

Again, I concur with Bush. Decent and moderate Palestinian men and women want their inalienable right to be buried in the place in which they were born and their children want their inalienable right to live in and visit their ancestral towns and villages. There is nothing extreme about wanting to go home. All that's stopping its implementation is the very ugly, racist, and extreme ideology that Jews must maintain a majority in the Holy Land, which totally contradicts Bush's espousal of "a more tolerant and hopeful society that honors people of all faiths."

If Bush wants Hamas to honor agreements that "work for peace," he, himself will have to read beyond the first sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and get up in front of the United Nations and advocate for its implementation.

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