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HONORING AN AMERICA-HATER

 

By GIL TROY & TEVI TROY

 

August 4, 2009

 

THE Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor. Past recipients include John Wayne, Norman Rockwell and Vaclav Havel. This year, one of the 16 recipients President Obama selected (along with such worthies as Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late Jack Kemp) is former Irish President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson.

 

Bad choice.

 

Robinson's views are well out of the American foreign-policy mainstream. Rep. Peter King (R-LI) says, "She is definitely from the school of moral equivalency which somehow invariably comes down on the side against vibrant democracies such as Israel and the United States."

 

Despite her noble commitment to human rights, Robinson has become a symbol of all that's wrong in the human-rights community and the United Nations -- of the tendency to appease dictatorships, rationalize terrorism and bash the West.

 

She is perhaps best known for presiding over the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa -- which targeted the West, especially Israel, while overlooking racism in Arab countries. The conference was so biased the United States and Israel boycotted it.

 

In the tense months before convening in Durban, Robinson failed to listen to pleas from Secretary of State Colin Powell and Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), among others, to stop Arab dictators from hijacking an anti-racism conference to advance their anti-Zionist agenda. Afterward, she declared the disaster a success, even after she herself belatedly condemned the vicious anti-Semitism coursing through the streets of Durban at a parallel forum of nongovernmental agencies.

 

Robinson has criticized US foreign policy throughout her career. Since 9/11, she has blasted the United States for losing the "moral high ground" -- as if she's more focussed on trying to win the "minds and hearts" of unrepentant terrorists than on the dilemmas that democracies face in fighting terror.

She also blasted the United States for objecting to the new UN Human Rights Council in 2006 -- even though America was rightly protesting the power the forum granted to human-rights-abusing dictatorships such as Libya and Sudan.

 

The Obama administration had to be aware of all this before the president decided to honor her. The White House has careful procedures for selecting winners of awards like this, and for running these names by key White House offices to avoid trouble.

 

This process of "clearing" the 16 Medal of Freedom recipients surely allowed officials such as Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Adviser David Axelrod, both savvy political operatives, to sign off or object before the list became final.

 

If Obama's aides missed the fact that Robinson would be controversial, then the incompetence of the Cabinet-vetting process continues. If the staff -- and the president himself -- were aware of her record but chose to go ahead anyway, we have to ask: What message is Obama sending by awarding her America's highest civilian honor?

 

Medal of Freedom selections shouldn't cause the president political trouble. If President Obama believed he could honor Robinson without harming himself politically, he's taking for granted the votes of both American Jews and more traditionally hawkish moderate Democrats.

 

Worse, it seems Obama doesn't mind celebrating a symbol of Western weakness and appeasement of anti-Semitism at a time when the world's dictators and terrorists are deciding what to think of him.

 

Gil Troy is a professor of history at McGill University and author of "Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presi dents." Tevi Troy, a former senior White House aide and deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, is a visiting senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.

 

Source: http://www.nypost.com/seven/08042009/postopinion/opedcolumnists/honoring_an_america_hater_182870.htm

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View PostThis choice says alot about the current administration. It's not good.

 

 

 

I was disgusted to hear Ted Kennedy received this honor.

But that it was conferred is consonant with doublespeak and doublethink.

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Why do so many in the GOP need to throw Isreal into the mix?

why "vibrant democracies like Isreal and the United States"?

 

how vibrant a democracy IS Isreal....

it's a permanent Jewish state... so clearly it's not thriving on democracy.

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View PostMore than a little "socialist" too, depending on your definition.

 

 

 

chock full of commies living n thier little kibutzes while suckling on the teat of the US taxpayer

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View PostWhy do so many in the GOP need to throw Isreal into the mix?

why "vibrant democracies like Isreal and the United States"?

 

how vibrant a democracy IS Isreal....

it's a permanent Jewish state... so clearly it's not thriving on democracy.

 

 

They are a vibrant democracy when compared to some of their neighbors. I believe the rationale would be something like, "It's a matter of proportionality." wink.gif

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View PostWhat do you do... wake up in the morning and say, " you know what I'd really love to have my teeth kicked in today"

 

Score one point for us micks.

 

Brian

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View PostScore one point for us micks.

Brian

 

I'm gonna guess that you have both gone to Manhattan for the terrorist parade.

 

Michael Flannery, a controversial grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade because of his strong support of the Irish Republican Army, died Friday afternoon (10/1994) at the age of 92.

Mr. Flannery, who worked four decades in the actuarial department of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, died of internal bleeding at Flushing Hospital in Queens, said Thomas Enright, a friend. Mr. Enright said Mr. Flannery had fallen in the bathroom of his home in Jackson Heights.

The fight of the Irish against the British was the great theme of Mr. Flannery's life. As a boy of 14 in Ireland, he joined the Irish Volunteers and learned to fire a machine gun behind a monastery cloister. In 1970, after 43 years in the United States, he was one of the founders of the Irish Northern Aid Committee, which says it is a charitable organization for the children of British political prisoners. Both the British and United States Governments have said it is an arms-smuggling organization.

In 1983, Mr. Flannery was named grand marshal of New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The announcement came just four months after he was acquitted of gun-running charges. His leadership caused Terence Cardinal Cooke to boycott the beginning of the parade and some politicians declined to march, including Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and former Gov. Hugh L. Carey.

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