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Dec 27 2010

Hillary Clinton’s merciless assault on irony

Our Secretary of State is concerned and saddened by a Russian court’s guilty verdict on a tycoon on embezzlement charges.

“This and similar cases have a negative impact on Russia’s reputation for fulfilling its international human rights obligations and improving its investment climate,” Mrs Clinton said.

She said the verdict “raised serious questions about selective prosecution – and about the rule of law being overshadowed by political considerations”.

It never ceases to amaze me that she can say these things about other countries with a straight face. Selective prosecution? Violations of human rights obligations? The law subverted for political reasons? These things never happen in the US. We are so, so scrupulous about the rule of law and due process, aren’t we, that we can sanctimoniously lecture other countries on these virtues.

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