August 19, 2003

Drops of drivel dribbling from the NYT's alembics ...

I'm repeating a point made by Orrin Judd, but this NYT article bemoaning how savage dictators get to go into comfortable exile and are not prosecuted is the purest distilled left-wing lunacy:

...But, as Reed Brody, special counsel for prosecutions at Human Rights Watch, says, "If you kill one person, you go to jail; if you kill 20, you go to an institution for the insane; if you kill 20,000, you get political asylum." Mr. Brody keeps a melancholy map on his wall of other tyrants gone free: Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay, lives in Brazil; Haiti's Rao�l Cedras is in Panama; Mengistu Haile Mariam of Ethiopia is in Zimbabwe; Hiss�ne Habr� of Chad lives in Senegal...
Why is it crazy? Because if Ronald Reagan or Bush senior had declared that the massacres in Uganda were intolerable and we should send in a couple of divisions and kill Idi Amin and his murderers, the NYT and all its lefty-scribblers would have been OPPOSED to it!

And right now Kim Jong-Il is killing far more people than Idi Amin did. But if President Bush declared that we were going for regime-change in NK, 80 or 90% of the Left would be be doing all they could to keep him in power, just as they did for Saddam (And if our saber-rattling ended in a deal where Kim goes into exile in some other socialist hell-hole, then, when it would do nothing to help the poor Koreans, Human Rights Watch would shed bitter tears because he wasn't being prosecuted in the ICC. )

And, if, mirabile visu, some international organization like the UN were actually removing murderous dictators and allowing their people to vote for the government they desired, the Left wouldn't like it one bit! They would instantly complain that the charming folk-culture of North Korea, with it's hundreds of quaint recipes for preparing grass, and tree-bark, and babies, was going to be destroyed by Kentucky Fried Chicken and McDonalds...

(Oh, and we'd also be innundated with information about the marvelous health-care they have in Cuba.)

Posted by John Weidner at August 19, 2003 8:19 AM
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