The Road to Condemning Guantanamo

Posted by John Rosenthal

What is the source of the European zeal to have the American detention center in Guantanamo Bay shut down? Perhaps no one has been more zealous in the matter than Manfred Nowak, the Austrian professor and UN Human Rights “expert” who has famously accused the US of practicing torture at Guantanamo. A look at the [...]

France: A Dictatorship for Africa!

Posted by John Rosenthal

France is presently circulating a draft resolution on the Côte d’Ivoire in the UN Security Council. As related in an article in yesterday’s edition of Le Figaro, the objective of the resolution is to “reinforce” the powers of Ivorian Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and commensurately reduce those of President Laurent Gbagbo. As the following extract makes clear, however, the [...]

It Was Mean to Kill Nazis (Der Spiegel and the Nuremberg Tribunal)

Posted by John Rosenthal

Below the cover of last week’s edition of the German weekly der Spiegel, published on the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the first Nuremberg Trial. The German media and German politicians like to cite the Nuremberg Tribunal as precedent for their own pet projects in international criminal justice such as the International Criminal Court (ICC). [...]

It Was Mean to Kill Nazis (Der Spiegel and the Nuremberg Tribunal)

Posted by John Rosenthal

Below the cover of last week’s edition of the German weekly der Spiegel, published on the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the first Nuremberg Trial.    The German media and German politicians like to cite the Nuremberg Tribunal as precedent for their own pet projects in international criminal justice such as the International Criminal Court (ICC). [...]

What Would Europe Say? The “Foley Affair” in European Perspective

Posted by John Rosenthal

The consensus in the “old” media seems to be that former Congressman Mark Foley’s sometimes salacious electronic communications with teenage interns threatens to demotivate the Republican base and usher in Democratic control of Congress. If this is so, it would be a highly ironic outcome. After all, what substantive argument does the Democratic Party have [...]

The French Path to Jihad

Posted by John Rosenthal

How does one become a Jihadist? Just how unprepared Americans have been to confront this question was made painfully clear by the helpless reactions of the American media during the trial of Zacarias Moussaoui in the spring. Nonetheless, Moussaoui’s own testimony – which, curiously, has never been published – provided some important clues to answering the question. [...]

Everyone is a “Negationist” of Something

Posted by John Rosenthal

Just because their political elites chose to insult their intelligence, one should not conclude that all the French have lost their taste for freedom. Here the translation of a letter to the editor by one Pierre Derouche that appeared in the weekend edition (14-15 October) of Le Figaro:  

Al-Masri, the Innocent?

Posted by John Rosenthal

German citizen Khaled Al-Masri has become the poster boy for the campaign against America’s use of “extraordinary renditions” in combating Islamic terrorism. A June 23 report from Spiegel Online’s English-language service dubbed Al-Masri the “human face” of the renditions “scandal” following a recent appearance before a German parliamentary committee. The ACLU site features a photo [...]