Craven Europe, We condemn you!
No sooner had we recovered from our revulsion at Europe’s cowardly decision to censor Georgia’s Eurovision song entry than we were overcome by an even more profound disgust over the Council of Europe’s failure to take any action against Russia for refusing to ratify two crucial human rights protocols in the organization’s charter. In fact, until Russia agrees to be bound by these basic constraints of civilized nations, it should be summarily booted out of the Council and condemned as the barbaric banana republic that it clearly is.
The Moscow Times quoted Luc van den Brande, who monitors Russia’s compliance with its commitments to the council, as saying: “I do not like sanctions. It is important that Russia is not marginalized.” van den Brande had nothing more than “hope” to offer Russia’s vast population of human rights victims that the Russian Duma would act on the measures. His exact, and hopelessly bizarrre comment: “I have a feeling that there probably is more common understanding.” A feeling? Is this what we have to look forward to from the Europeans?
Russia is the only country in the Council that has not ratified the two provisions, which restrict the use of the death penalty to times of war and mandate reforms for the European Court of Human Rights that would streamline its processing of Russian cases, which constitute the lion’s share of its workload. The MT reports: “Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the Duma’s International Relations Committee, criticized the protocol as ineffective. ‘It has many shortcomings and won’t lead to real reform.'”
Once again, as it has done so many times in the past, Europe is appeasing its dictators and facilitiating their rise to power. How many times must Americans watch this nauseating process unfold, only to be called upon at the 11th hour to save Europe from self-destruction at horrible cost?