What would Eleanor Roosevelt say about the election of Saudi Arabia’s Geneva ambassador Faisal Trad, as Chair of the United Nation Human Rights Council’s monitoring panel?
She would wonder how Saudi Arabia, which refused to sign the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 because it did not comply with sharia, had any representation at the UNHRC.
Instead, the Saudis worked hard to inflict the West with willful blindness. For decades they fuelled Western greed with petrodollars until they achieved the desired result. Led by the Untied States, which during Mrs. Roosevelt’s time symbolized freedom, the West was ready to sell out its core moral principal – the protection of Human Rights.
Back in March 2007, the then newly elected U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, opened the 4th Human Rights Council session, declaring: ”All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action.” Now, with the Saudi at the helm, the message is clear: the UNHRC is the springboard to hell.
The Saudi ascendance to a chair at the UNHRC’s monitoring panel began in November 2013 with the election of the Wahhabi sharia-ruled Saudi Kingdom as a member of the organization. The U.S. did not protest.
As if this was not enough, in January 2015, President Obama refused to even raise the issue of Human Rights violations with King Salman. On his way to Riyadh, when asked to intervene of behalf of a Saudi blogger, he let it be known that he would not discuss human rights violations with the new king. Instead, he declared: “Sometimes we need to balance our need to speak to them about human rights issues with immediate concerns we have in terms of counterterrorism or dealing with regional stability,” Obama explained to CNN, elaborating that “Balance” is the key.
Not surprisingly, the Obama administration went on to legitimize the Wahhabi Kingdom’s human rights abuses by sending its religious freedom ambassador David Saperstein and others to participate in the UNHRC conference on religious freedom, which was hosted by the the oppressing Saudis and the sharia advocates, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah in June 2015.
The hosts, however, had Islam and sharia in mind. And ‘combating intolerance, negative stereotyping and stigmatization of, and discrimination, incitement to violence and violence against, persons based on religion or belief’ meant sharia observing Muslims in the West.
The Jeddah meeting led to the UNHRC Resolution on Combating Religious Intolerance, on July 15, 2011, which was signed by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who aptly declared the meeting as ‘one of those events that has great ramifications far beyond this room.’ She was right. But can you imagine Mrs. Roosevelt acquiescing to oppressive sharia demands?
This and similar resolutions and European legislation led to “lawfare” against critics of Islam and Muslims and succeeded to silence those who oppose to Islamic intolerance and violence in Europe and the U.S. It also led to the adoption of extreme political correctness, as demonstrated by President Obama and Pope Francis. Neither speaks of “radical Islam”. Instead, both ascribe the violence throughout the Middle East and the flood of Muslim refugees to Europe, to an “ideology”.
More recently, the war in Syria and Iraq and the rise of ISIS has been attributed to global warming and according to the Pope to “deforestation.” Perhaps a tour with his Fiatmobil would open the Pontiff’s eyes to the Iraqi and Syrian deserts where the climate is always hot and the only trees he would encounter would be a few palm trees growing at an occasional oasis.
While the Muslims declare their intentions to subvert Western values, which demand human rights, and replace them with oppressive sharia, the U.S. and the West turn a blind eye to Human Rights violations in the name of Islam and a deaf ear to the promise for more of the same. Mrs. Roosevelt must be rolling in her grave.