A United Nations Human Rights Council official's reprehensible assertion that "Boston got what it deserved," as a Breitbart.com headline put it, should prompt a U.S. exit from both the council and the U.N. But don't hold your breath — the council's long history of apologetics for terrorists seems not to bother the Obama administration in the least.
U.S. membership on the council was among this administration's first foreign-policy actions. Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer called the council "this esteemed body" at its March session. Yet the statement published at foreignpolicyjournal.com by Richard Falk, a U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories, deserves excoriation, not esteem.
A 9/11 conspiracy theorist who's also anti-Israel, Mr. Falk minimizes the Boston Marathon bombings. He characterizes the search for the bombers as a "somewhat hysterical Boston dragnet" and downplays the victims' suffering. And he even justifies the bombings as "blowback" against a U.S. "global domination project ... bound to generate all kinds of resistance in the post-colonial world."
Such is the prevailing outlook of the U.N. Human Rights Council. It's controlled by Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states, which lately demanded that a U.N. definition of terrorism include an exception for "legitimate struggle."
By remaining on the Human Rights Council and in the U.N., the Obama administration cozies up to — and financially supports — despicable legitimization of terrorist attacks against Americans.