This is a first, I believe, for an American president:
A planned visit to Switzerland by former US President George W. Bush to attend a fundraising gala evening has been canceled, organizers said Saturday.
The visit was canceled because of "threats and risks surrounding his arrival," according to Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve.
And who are making these threats? Radical Leftists, and the Swiss government:
Bush was to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner on February 12 in Geneva. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open a criminal investigation if he enters the Alpine country.
Criminal complaints against Bush alleging torture have been lodged in Geneva, court officials say, and several human rights groups signaled that they were poised to take further legal action this week.
Leftist groups had also called for a protest on the day of his visit.
Keren Hayesod organizers felt the atmosphere had become too threatening because the protests raised the specter of riots that erupted in the Swiss city during the G8 summit in nearby Evian
Reuters, so obviously writing this article with heartfelt glee, quotes a six-month old statement from the UN to add some moral support for the Bush-ban:
Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, has said that the treaty on torture makes clear it is prohibited in all circumstances, including war, instability or emergency.
"And no one is left off the hook -- neither the actual torturers themselves, nor the policy-makers and public officials who define the policy or give the orders..."
And who or what, might you ask, is the Keren Hayesod organization? Reuters describes it as a "Jewish charity"; it is involved in such nefarious acts as:
Strengthening Israeli society by providing educational and cultural opportunities to the socially and economically disenfranchised
Facilitating Aliyah and Absorption by supporting the immigration of Jews from the Diaspora to Israel and easing their integration into Israeli society;
Furthering Jewish Zionist Education around the world in order to deepen Jewish identity and strengthening the sense of connection to Israel amongst the next generation
Noble, if it were, say, Muslims collecting money for terrorists or blacks trying to re-connect with African roots. Evil, of course, when it is Jews doing the same thing.
Will Europe do to President George W. Bush what it currently does to Israeli officials - limit their overseas travel by threatening them with arrest on frivolous "war crime" charges in whatever nation they land in?
It's a disgrace - after all, were it not for the blood of American servicemen, the noble spirit of the American people, and the courage of leaders like George W. Bush, Europe would be a slave continent under the yoke of fascism. Ironic that they have used their freedom to persecute the very nation who has guaranteed it for almost tree-quarters of a century.
Meanwhile, the liberals have killed two birds with one stone - forcing George Bush to bend to their wishes while harming a Jewish charity at the same time.
It's ominous, and its success will only breed more attempts to do the same. Were Barack Obama a real man, he'd be standing up to the Swiss in outrage against this attack on the freedom of movement of a former president of the United States (a position he too will soon hold).
But Obama's just a bitch of the Left, and right now no doubt he is laughing with them. Alas, he will not have the last laugh, and he will reap what he has sown...