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Friday, February 01, 2008

Human Rights: Well, Isn't That Special?

It appears that the U.K. Ministry of Defense has finally decided to award compensation to the victims of medical experiments that they (the MOD) carried out in the early years of the 20th century. You might recall our waxing wroth on the issue.

What's that, you say? A lousy 3 million pounds for 360 survivors with ongoing health problems that have lasted half a century? Why, that comes to the magnificent sum of Eight Thousand Pounds each! Of course, that's before lawyers' fees and costs. Fortunately, the U.K. has government-paid health care, so they don't have to fritter away the remaining pittance on ongoing treatment.

Oh, wait, there's more: It appears that the munificent MoD have, in their outstanding display of generosity, completely overlooked the "native" South Asian soldiers on whom they tested dangerous substances (including Sarin nerve gas, affectionately known to one Shrubya McMonkeyson as a "weapon of mass destruction"). Unbelievable.

The next time the British or European nations make a single peep about human rights violations in any other part of the world, the only fitting response would be to quote this issue and then laugh out loud.

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