Oh, I don't know
Glenn posts a lengthy extract out of a Guardian article about abuses in UN funded and run mental institutions in Kosovo. At the beginning of the post he asks "why the United Nations is regarded as having any moral authority".
The abuses described in the article are indeed horrific, including tacit approval by the staff of male patients raping female patients. Certainly, this is a blemish on the
UN's reputation, but does this mean the entire UN loses its moral authority? Anymore then for example the My Lai massacre permanently lost America its moral authority?
No organisation is perfect and in each large organisation there will be people abusing their power. Incidents, even
horrible incidents like this are not enough to condemn the entire UN. It's needs more then that, it needs a culture in which such incidents are common and allowed to flourish.
Does the UN have such a culture? Not as far as I.P. Watcher knows.
What irritated I.P. Watcher about this post was not as much the rhetorical question Glenn started with, as it was
the rhetorical question Glenn signed off with:
Where are the people whose cries of outrage we heard over Guantanamo?
Look at where the article appeared, Glenn. The Guardian
has certainly criticized America over Guantanamo. If you then read the last paragraph of the article:
The report, funded by the Open Society Institute with money from financier George Soros, was endorsed by the most respected human rights organisation in the US yesterday. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, called it "profoundly important... the horrors it describes are undeniable".
You'll notice Human Rights Watch endorsed the report. Take a look at what Human Rights Watch has to say about Guantanamo.
Guess what? The same organisations criticizing Bush over Guantanamo are the ones reporting about this situation. Imagine I.P. Watcher's surprise that Glenn turned out to be wrong about this.