Pubdate: Wed, 21 Oct 1998
Date: 10/21/1998
Source: Calgary Herald (Canada)
Author: Robert Thompson

Re; 'Amnesty International bites the hand that feeds it,' Catherine
Ford, Calgary Herald, Oct. 6.

I am puzzled by Ford's piece on Amnesty International. Did she really
mean to say that, because American human rights abuses are less
egregious than those of North Korea or Iraq, Amnesty should not oppose

Some of the world's most abusive regimes, from Central America to
Southeast Asia, have been consistently supported by the United States
government. Should these, by extension, also receive exemption from
criticism? Perhaps Ford would have Amnesty confine its reports on
abuses committed by the brutes of the world - nations which happen to
be enemies of the U.S. This would no doubt ensure continued

Robert Thompson