Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Fuck You, Rest of the World!

Bush gives the world another of his patented one-fingered victory salutes with the appointment of John Bolton as the US ambassador to the UN. God, we're assholes.

Bolton will be presenting his credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whom he accused in the Weekly Standard of a "power grab," denouncing his "doctrine that force is unimportant while 'international law' is practically everything," which he scornfully admitted "is widely held in Europe" and was also "popular here, particularly in the Clinton administration." He also dismissed Annan, whose cooperation Bush is trying to secure in Iraq, as a "chief administrative officer."

We are sending to the United Nations, which we founded, and for which we pretty much wrote the charter "to save succeeding generations from the curse of war," someone who recently said, "It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law even when it may seem in our short-term interest to do so -- because, over the long term, the goal of those who think that international law really means anything are those who want to constrict the United States."
Not that Mr. Bolton has any imperial visions or anything... Honest!
One of the treaties Bolton has tried hard to tear into scraps is the one establishing the International Criminal Court, which he made his immediate personal task. The court was set up so that the perpetrators of mass murder -- in the Balkans, in Rwanda, in Iraq -- would never again have impunity for their crimes. Not only did Bolton "unsign" the treaty, previously signed by President Clinton -- his "happiest moment," Bolton said -- he "unsigned" the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, which binds countries not to frustrate the purposes of treaties they have signed.
It goes on and on. But the point... Imagine that you work at some company - Spacely's Sprockets. Some guy is on and on in the paper and television saying how much of a corrupt, waste of time organization Spacely's Sprockets is. Now say that this guy was hired at Spacely's to be your boss. How would you feel about that? Now imagine that it was your job to protect the world from nuclear holocaust, genocide, and starvation.

George! Just ONCE try seeing someone else's point of view for like a fucking second!

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