Thursday, May 26, 2005

Hoffman's Heroes

I commented yesterday on Lord Hoffman, the South African who was happy to sit in judgment on General Pinochet while serving as chairman of Amnesty, Pinochet's persecutor.

Well, now Amnesty has set its sights on the US (WSJ, subscription required).

At a press conference yesterday releasing its annual human rights report, William Schultz, the executive director of Amnesty's U.S. branch, called the U.S. a "leading purveyor and practitioner" of torture. He urged foreign governments to investigate and arrest U.S. officials.

"The apparent high-level architects of torture should think twice before planning their next vacation to places like Acapulco or the French Riviera," he said, "because they may find themselves under arrest as Augusto Pinochet famously did in London in 1998."

The WSJ comments:

The "apparent" is a nice touch, perhaps an unconscious bow to the fact that multiple probes and courts martial have found no evidence that the U.S. condones or encourages torture.

Amnesty should beware of what it wishes for. Rumsfeld versus lefty Brit judicial fat cats would yield Pulitzer Prize Photos (Snuff Category) galore, as well as handsome desk ornaments for Rummy's office.