9/11 Conspiracy Theorist Should Leave UN Job

[San Francisco Chronicle] Joel Brinkley - Last month Richard Falk, the UN Human Rights Council special rapporteur for the Palestinian territories, published an article in a Scottish newspaper entitled, "9/11, More Than Meets the Eye," in which he writes that theories that the Sept. 11 attacks were a conspiracy planned and executed by the Bush administration warrant further investigation. Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, notes that "People who question whether 9/11 happened are not serious people. No one in the United States or the West could be in positions of authority if they engaged in 9/11 conspiracy talk." It's a free country; you're entitled to think whatever you like. But this is fringe stuff. The Human Rights Council is already an embarrassment to the UN. Certainly reasonable people can criticize Israel, just as they can find fault with the Palestinians. But the council's pathological obsession with Israel is its defining characteristic, and Falk is its embodiment. The man whose job now is to help the Islamic states pursue their vendetta against Israel also believes that the U.S. government is capable of unspeakable evil. The writer is a professor of journalism at Stanford University and a former foreign policy correspondent for the New York Times.

2008-12-16 08:00:00

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