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Sunday, March 30, 2014

A great American steps aside

I don't normally have much time for conspiracy theorists, the kind who reckon that everyone throughout history has been wrong but them, whether it concerns the authorship of Shakespeare's plays, the Kennedy assassination or President Obama's supposed Muslim faith. Sometimes, as with 9/11 or the Kennedy assassination, there are genuine inconsistencies in the data which do not, however, necessarily imply either the need for a radical revision of history or a massive cover-up. I can understand that Benyamin Netanyahu applauded the 9/11 attacks as "a great day for Israel" without feeling the need to blame him for planning them.

Sometimes, otherwise normal and admirable people become obsessed with a particular conspiracy theory. The late Christmas Humphreys was a respected judge and the founder of the Buddhist Society, but he was convinced that none of Shakespeare's works was actually written by the Bard of Avon. John Kerry and (while he was alive) Robert Kennedy believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was not solely responsible for JFK's assassination. And Richard Falk, who has just stepped down as the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, believes that the truth about 9/11 has been suppressed for more than 12 years. Maybe he's right (though I doubt it): if the other examples are any guide we will probably never find out.

All of which is by way of an introduction to my noting that Richard Falk, despite his fights of 9/11 wackiness, will be sadly missed. Not by Israel of course, or by the Obama administration, Israel's latest proxy in Washington. But by the Palestinians he was employed to save from human rights violations, and by every person in the planet who believes that genocide and crimes against humanity should be exposed for what they are. No US President since Eisenhower has had the balls to stand up to Israel's ccnstant demands to be exempted from the laws that bind other nations. But Richard Falk, despite the Israel-inspired vilification from his own government and even the UN Secretary-General, has had the courage to stand up and be counted; to tell the truth whatever it cost. Compare that with our own dear Tony Blair, whose supposed "representation" of the UN, USA, EU and Russia ceases the moment one of his billionaire playboy pals (or the Israeli government from whom he receives such generous assistance) decides it should. Or as Richard Falk himself put it:

"With regard to the role played by the Quartet's Special Envoy Tony Blair he says: "At best he has been ineffectual and at worst you can that he has been a badly-disguised spokesperson for the US-Israeli outlook. He cannot possibly be perceived as a sufficiently impartial observer of the conflict for anyone to have any confidence in his recommendations and point of view. He has invalidated himself in this role and the fact that the Quartet continues to keep him as its special envoy suggests how one-sided the Quartet itself has become."

In most of the world, then (if not Israel or the USA) the stepping down (presumably under pressure he could no longer resist: death threats to his family?) of Richard Falk is a cause for great sadness, as we speculate as to which Zionist muppet will be permitted to take on the job (just as long as he behaves himself). Meanwhile, we salute a giant of Middle Eastern politics. If the USA had any sense (or any real interest in peace) it would have made Richard Falk its ambassador to Israel. Or better still, to Palestine.

UPDATE: if true, this is heartening news. It would be wonderful if the UNHRC grew a pair, and told the USA and Israel where they can stick their attacks on human rights monitors.


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