Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Monday, December 20, 2004

The ICRC deserves to be under attack for becoming a biased political body

This in from the National Review Online. It only gets better after this strong start:

If you believe the editors of The New Republic (TNR), the "vast right-wing conspiracy" has found another victim -- this time in the form of the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). In its December 20, 2004, issue, TNR castigates the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and the Wall Street Journal's editorial page for daring to contest and criticize the ICRC's own repeated attacks on the Bush administration's classification and detention of enemy combatants captured in the war on terror. The ICRC has been the subject of all this right-wing "vitriol," note TNR's editors, for "having the temerity to do its job." In fact, the ICRC has drawn this fire not for doing its job, which is to act as a neutral and impartial interlocutor during wartime. Rather, it has been the subject of well-deserved criticism for acting like an international-advocacy group whose job is to promote a radical vision of international law that the United States has flatly rejected, and which would do great harm to its vital national interests. That is why conservatives are rightly miffed at the ICRC, and why they have properly let their views be known.