Who’d have guessed? New UN-HRC investigator a Truther

posted at 8:27 am on April 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s see. He insists that Israelis are Nazis and he works for the Cubans, Saudia, and Chinese at the UN Human Rights Commission. In retrospect, we should have suspected that Richard Falk had paranoid-conspiracy issues. Eli Lake at the New York Sun reports on the latest idiocy to come from the UN-HRC’s investigator:

A new U.N. Human Rights Council official assigned to monitor Israel is calling for an official commission to study the role neoconservatives may have played in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

On March 26, Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University, was named by unanimous vote to a newly created position to report on human rights in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. While Mr. Falk’s specialty is human rights and international law, since the attacks in 2001, he has devoted some of his time to challenging what he calls the “9-11 official version.”

On March 24 in an interview with a radio host and former University of Wisconsin instructor, Kevin Barrett, Mr. Falk said, “It is possibly true that especially the neoconservatives thought there was a situation in the country and in the world where something had to happen to wake up the American people. Whether they are innocent about the contention that they made that something happen or not, I don’t think we can answer definitively at this point. All we can say is there is a lot of grounds for suspicion, there should be an official investigation of the sort the 9/11 commission did not engage in and that the failure to do these things is cheating the American people and in some sense the people of the world of a greater confidence in what really happened than they presently possess.”

Mr. Barrett, who is the co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance for 9/11 Truth, said in an interview yesterday of Mr. Falk, “I would put him on a list of scholars who are sympathetic to the 9/11 truth movement.”

It’s not an isolated event.  Falk wrote a foreword for a Truther book written by David Ray Griffin.  It stated that Griffin had put together a coherent account of “official complicity” in the terrorist attack of 9/11.  The conspiracy-theory-laden tome suggests that Israel was at the center of this plot, at least passively.

It’s not Falk’s first trip down Lunatic Lane, either.  Falk was part of Ramsey Clark’s expedition to meet with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in early 1979 to celebrate the end of the Shah’s rule.  Falk wrote in February of that year in the New York Times that Khomeini was a moderate, with progressive policies, happy to allow political dissent (emphases mine):

The news media have defamed him in many ways, associating him with efforts to turn the clock back 1,300 years, with virulent anti-Semitism, and with a new political disorder, “theocratic fascism”, about to be set loose on the world. …

He has also indicated that the non-religious left will be free to express its views in an Islamic republic and to participate in political life, provided only that it does not “commit treason against the country” by establishing foreign connections — a lightly-veiled reference to anxiety about Soviet interference.  …

To suppose that Ayatollah Khomeini is dissembling seems almost beyond belief.

Iran may yet provide us with a desperately-needed model of humane governance for a third-world country.

A month later, even Anthony Lewis couldn’t buy Falk’s gibberish.  Eight months before Khomeini would sack our embassy and start a 444-day hostage crisis with the US, Lewis wrote in response to Falk at the New York Times (March 12, 1979):

[T]he description of Ayatollah Khomeini and the shadowy figures around him as “moderate” and “progressive” in the Western sense of these words has turned out to be astoundingly silly.

Since taking power, the Ayatollah has set out, without equivocation or disguise, to turn the clock back and give Iran a theocratic regime.

John Bolton, former ambassador to the UN, told Lake that the US opposed the formation of the present UN-HRC precisely because it would produce appointments like that of Falk.  Falk has a long history of enabling monsters and terrorists while applying very different standards to the West.  He found Khomeini to be completely credible, but somehow thinks the Bush administration and the “neocons” capable of sinister lies and conspiracies.

In short, Falk is a nut.  The fact that the UN-HRC would hire this apologist for the position of investigator provides another stinging indictment of the United Nations.  The US should protest this appointment with all its strength as an insult to our nation and demand his dismissal forthwith.

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They’re re-writing history. Soon the Holocaust will cease to exist too.

4shoes on April 10, 2008 at 8:33 AM

Time to get out of the UN.

And get the UN out of America.

MrLynn on April 10, 2008 at 8:41 AM

amen MrLynn

trailortrash on April 10, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Dick Cheney did it.

No question about it.

I have proofs.

September 11, 2001 was an inside job concocted by Dick Cheney, Dick Clark, Dick Morris and Dick Cheney again.

Senator Dick Durban gave the seal of approval and president Dick err… George Bush signed the order.

The operation had the code name:

“The Dickalian Job”

And was executed by a highly trained Special Unit of the Secret Service nicknamed “Thong Buster.”

Indy Conservative on April 10, 2008 at 8:43 AM

The UN proves more and more every single day just how useless it really is. We should have pulled out of the organization a long time ago.

pilamaye on April 10, 2008 at 8:48 AM

How is this guy any different than any of the other worthless kleptomaniac nutbags at the UN?

He’ll be accepted be permitted to do his “job” (i.e. take bribes and boatloads of cash while being toasted in first class hotel rooms, airline tickets, etc.). No question.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2008 at 8:48 AM

So he’s going to have a T-shirt made that says: “My intellectual leaders are a couple of college kids and a philosophy professor!”

p40tiger on April 10, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Was he a college flunk out with a 1.9 GPA like Rosie? He sure sounds like one.

Hening on April 10, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Richard Falk, Milbank professor of international law emeritus at Princeton University

I know it’s not your quote, but are you sure about that, Ed?

I mean… his name is also ‘Dick.’

Indy Conservative on April 10, 2008 at 8:54 AM

Truth for food program at UN?

saved on April 10, 2008 at 8:58 AM

This is unacceptable. To have some neurotic wackjob in charge of anything that has to do with responsibility or relieving human suffering is not going to work.

hunter on April 10, 2008 at 9:00 AM

I’m not sure which is the most despicable and dangerous . . . nut jobs like this idiot or the Democrats/leftists in this country that support and perpetuate his kind and that useless U.N.

rplat on April 10, 2008 at 9:08 AM

Actually, on the evidence, the U.N. is extremely useful – to the left!

OldEnglish on April 10, 2008 at 9:15 AM


You had me at “In short, Falk is a nut.”

Any shortening of this sentence would be subjected to the editing department.

Rovin on April 10, 2008 at 9:24 AM

By the way, is that really his picture?!!

4shoes on April 10, 2008 at 9:33 AM

From Dr. Thomas Sowell this week:

The idea behind giving professors lifetime tenure is that this will enable them to speak out freely. But it would be hard to name any other occupation with a more cowardly record than academics, who have been giving in to politically correct campus bullies ever since the 1960s.

Wade on April 10, 2008 at 9:38 AM

I have seen homeless people over on 1st Avenue by the UN that did NOT look that bad.

DoctorDentons on April 10, 2008 at 10:28 AM

But I thought that Bin Laden already took credit for 911.

TooTall on April 10, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Leftist legal scholar Richard Falk called for a “negotiated settlement” with the Taliban in order to protect the country’s “sovereign rights.” — Dinesh D’Souza

DANEgerus on April 10, 2008 at 12:12 PM

I’m with AP:

The more naked the bias is — and it’s awfully naked at this point– the more discredited the organization becomes. Can we get this guy appointed as Falk’s special advisor?

It’s like they’re not even trying to hide it anymore.

A little surprised you missed that one Captain.

Free Constitution on April 10, 2008 at 2:28 PM

A little surprised you missed that one Captain.

My mistake, more background is always nice on this really useless idiot.

Free Constitution on April 10, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Hmmmh, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton…One more reason to “not” send your kids to an Ivy League School. Liberals do understand money…When their endowments take a hit, they take notice. Otherwise, they will flaunt fact, tradition, common-sense, the well being of their students to espouse their political beliefs.

Nozzle on April 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Did you see his picture? You’d be bitter too.

Smooth Rooster on April 10, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Typical leftist. The US is responsible for the world’s ills and any nation that opposes the US is a model of enlightened governance. Except for a few small areas, the UN is completely useless and a waste of taxpayers’ money. We need to get out now. As for “truthers”, I had been battling them on myspace for some time, and I must admit, it’s a fruitless task to introduce rationality to people who are homicidally angry, irredeemably paranoid, completely uneducated and impervious to reason. Their ability to construct a sentence is dubious and if it weren’t for the word “F…K”, they would have no vocabulary at all. They recite the same talking points over and over like a mantra and no matter how many times you point out the error in their position, they will not cease. Moreover, they will quickly conclude that you must be a tool of the perpetrators. Needless to say, I gave up the debate.

NNtrancer on April 10, 2008 at 7:19 PM