In Friday's post, I noted that due to their warped focus, Israeli human-rights organizations are increasingly leaving real victims voiceless. But the damage is incomparably greater when major international organizations do the same. To appreciate just how badly groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have betrayed those who need them most, everyone should read Nicholas Kristof's devastating recent articles on
The civil war in
Yet the world rarely hears about
Neither Amnesty nor HRW has issued a single press release or report on
By any objective standard, of course, there is no comparison in the scope of the violations. Even if you accept all the Goldstone Report's worst slanders against Israel as gospel truth, none of them remotely compares to the kind of atrocities Congo's victims describe – such as experienced by the young woman who told Kristof that after Hutu militiamen tied up her uncle, "they cut off his hands, gouged out his eyes, cut off his feet, cut off his sex organs and left him like that." Nor is this exceptional: such stories are routine.
The same holds for the death toll. The highest estimate of Palestinian fatalities in last year's
Human-rights organizations clearly should not ignore genuine violations in developed countries, but they do need to maintain a sense of proportion. Instead, the relative frequency of their press releases paints countries such as
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