John B. Quigley: U.S. was too aggressive in promoting rights in Mideast

Fresh breeze of Arab spring is turning into foul air of autocracy


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  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    July 15, 2012 7:39 p.m.

    Re: "The Arab states see that we cover for rights violations by their adversary, Israel. . . . The International Criminal Court prosecutes for war crimes, and building settlements in militarily occupied territory is a war crime."

    The author complains we're too aggressive in promoting civil rights in the Middle East, as if Arabs are somehow physically incapable of being held to the same standards of civilization as the rest of the world. Yet he complains bitterly about unnamed Israeli abuses we're somehow covering up.

    His leftist, anti-Israel agenda is pretty transparent -- we should give Islamists a pass on their many atrocities, but put Israeli leaders on an equal footing with German, Japanese, and Bosnian Serb and Croat war criminals. This, for permitting the building of low-income housing in areas properly belonging to Israel, on land freely bought from Arabs.