- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 29, 2002

The attack on the United States by European elites in and out of government over the Taliban captives in Guantanamo jails is particularly disgusting because the attack comes from people who have managed to ignore the totalitarian dictatorship of Fidel Castro right next door to Guantanamo.
When was the last time Mary Robinson, that great humanitarian, uttered some unkind words, besides ritualistic tut-tut's, about the Cuban prison over which Fidel Castro has ruled for more than four decades? But the lady, who is the United Nations commissioner for human rights, and other pietistic humanitarians in Germany, Britain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland are horrified about conditions in Guantanamo where the al Qaeda captives are supplied with more decent food in a day than the average Cuban gets in a week. How wicked of the United States not to grant the Taliban captives POW privileges under the Geneva Convention? How about granting human rights to the Cuban people under U.N. Convention?
Fidel Castro, one of the greatest violators of human rights in modern history, is received in all the best places and is protected by Europe's best people while the cries for help from this hellish tyranny go unheard. Fidel Castro's villainy is well documented read the memoirs of Armando Valladares. So what? On the scales of justice among these European elites, the fate of more than 11 million Cubans weighs less, far less, than the handful of Osama bin Laden's guerrillas.
Or where is the passionate concern over what is happening in Iran? The 72 million people of Iran have been suffering under a merciless theocratic dictatorship for more than two decades, a dictatorship that has organized a terrorist network of terrifying proportions, a regime that has crushed the democratic hopes of a proud people. But European corporations, with no protests from the same people who worry about shackled al Qaeda jailbirds, does business with Iran and even supplies them with the kind of products which strengthens the Iranian Bombintern.
Here is what's happened over the last weekend in Iranian cities like Tehran and provinces like Isfahan while European elites were moralizing about Guantanamo:
Thousands of teachers in Tehran demonstrated outside the mullahs' presidential office in downtown Tehran in defiance of a government ban on any demonstration. Military and police forces attacked and arrested the demonstrators, many of them women.
Authorities in central province of Isfahan have banned all demonstrations by teachers following a series of protests, and warned that those who defy the ban face arrest, according to Agence France Presse.
Since the beginning of 2002, 34 prisoners have been executed in Iran, according to government newspapers. Most of the executions were carried out in public unlike the trials which are carried out in private or conducted by judges who follow the mullahs.
The tragedy of the Iranian people increases each day. But a silence surrounds the infamies of the Iranian regime as its leaders pursue a diplomatic offensive that has even brought about an alliance, in fact if not in name, between once-hated enemies who fought an eight-year war Iraq and Iran in the 1980s.
Cuba, Iran just two among the worst violators of human rights but our friends in Europe are shocked shocked that the United States might be violating the human rights of Osama bin Laden's mercenaries.
American men and women risk their lives in fighting terrorism, they helped liberate half the population of Afghanistan, its women, from pariahdom. European cafe society, abetted by government spokesmen, wags a reproving finger.
Chris Patten, a onetime friend of the United States and now external affairs minister of the European Union, expressed his concern that our alleged mistreatment of the al Qaeda mercenaries would mean that we would be "losing the moral high ground." Lose the moral high ground to whom? Osama bin Laden? Ali Khameini? Fidel Castro? Saddam Hussein? I am sure Donald Rumsfeld isn't going to be distracted by anti-Americanism posing as high-mindedness.

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