A Letter To Amnesty International. Nov 1, 2006Dear Amnesty International,
Thank you for your newsletter about taking action for David Hicks.
Before I do take any action, however, I would appreciate it if you could give me details about Irene Khan’s open letters to Pervez Musharref for the abominable human rights records in Pakistan or to Mahmoud Ahmedinejad in Iran for his county’s policies of stoning and hanging rape victims, and jailing those who would prefer to live under more relaxed conditions.
I find that Amnesty International has strayed from its original aims of freeing prisoners of conscience, and now seems to have joined the Bash George Bush and John Howard Brigade.
Considering that David Hicks was enamoured enough of radical islam to turn his back on his democratic lifestyle here in Australia to fight against “Crusaders” in the Balkans, and then to join the fighting in Afghanistan, against the country of his birth and its allies, I am yet to be convinced that he should be released.
If we are to talk about Abu Ghraib, and the terrible, terrible atrocities committed there, I would prefer to discuss the torture under Saddam Hussein rather than the hazing carried out by a very few misguided American soldiers, who have since been trialled and disciplined for their participation in this offensive misbehaviour.
I anticipate the information on Ms. Khan’s actions on these issues.
Needless to say, there has been on response.