In a new sixty-three-page report issued on Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry criticized various EU nations, Canada, Georgia, and especially the United States, for committing human rights abuses. Pot, meet kettle. Around twenty pages of the report are devoted to explaining how terrible the U.S. is for continuing to operate the prison in Guantanamo Bay, snoop into citizens' personal lives, violate the rights of Muslim-Americans, and kill innocent people through the death penalty.
The U.S. Department of State has published an in-depth report on the state of global human rights since 1976, and hasn't had glowing things to say about the likes of China and Russia. (Poisoning a bunch of journalists and politicians may have something to do with that.) Washington's report in April took Russia to task for "governmental and societal human rights problems and abuses during the year." Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also pissed off Prime Minister Vladimir Putin this month by suggesting, in so many words, that Russia's parliamentary elections aren't exactly kosher, which is like saying Andre the Giant was a big boy.
The report stated that:
"The situation in the United States is far from the ideals proclaimed by Washington. The main unresolved problem is the odious prison in Guantanamo Bay. The White House and the Justice Department shelter from prosecution CIA operatives and highly placed officials who are responsible for mass and flagrant breaches of human rights."
I know President Obama tried to hit the "reset" button with President Medvedev last year, and I applaud him for his efforts, but these reports aren't exactly fostering goodwill. The Russian Foreign Ministry wrote that, "Judicial errors are the Achilles heel of American justice as concerns capital punishment," alluding to some executed death row inmates who were later exonerated.
But the worst part of the report was the invoking of
former Illinois Governor jailbird Rod Blagojevich, in criticizing the free rein Governors have in nominating replacements for vacated Senate seats. Ouch, Russia! I think they're still sore from that hockey game back in the Soviet days.