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Opening Arguments

The world is watching

Well, this is a crock:

Sudan's conviction of a woman for indecency for wearing trousers violates international law and is emblematic of wider gender discrimination in the Islamic country, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday.

Sudan's attempts to control women are indefensible, its flogging of those found guilty barbaric. But what is this "international law" it has violated? Should we be worried about that here? Is someone from the international police force going to pick me up tomorrow, cite me for violation of the internation criminal code, throw me in the international jail until my trial before the international court?

 Of course not. This is closer to the truth:

Under domestic law, indecent dress can be punished by up to 40 lashes, or a fine, or both. "But under international human rights standards, flogging is considered as cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment," he said.

"Human rights standards" are not quite the same as laws, but I don't think we want to let the U.N. be the last word on them, either.


Michael B-P
Tue, 09/08/2009 - 2:40pm

It's Globalism's other side of the coin: what, you want free trade to be "Free?"

tim zank
Tue, 09/08/2009 - 8:58pm

And The National Organization Of Women (NOW) as well as Gloria Steinem, Rachel Maddow, and virtually all American womens rights advocates were quoted as saying " ".
(crickets chirping)


And Again.

It's really gotta be all George Bush's fault.