4th of July

On July 4, 1976 the Israeli Defense Forces undertook a hostage-rescue operation. Backed by the Ugandan government under the lead of brutal dictator Idi Amin, Palestinian terrorists teamed up with German terrorists to hijack a plane in exchange for the release of prisoners in Israel, threatening death to 105 hostages. Condemned by the leader of the United Nations–a former Nazi who was later bestowed a Papal knighthood honor from Pope John Paul II–the mission was considered successful and supported by most Western nations.

It is depicted in the mostly-factual film The Last King of Scotland, which itself is haunting. It is a cerebral horror movie. It makes you wish you weren’t watching it and when it’s over, you can’t go back to living until it has worn off.

A year later, Uganda was appointed to the late United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Current membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council includes various countries with distinguished human rights records such as Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Libya, and Pakistan.

  1. Mahla’s avatar

    Great post! I totally want to see “The Last King of Scotland.” I know that Idi Amin was totally obsessed with Israel. He was a weird, terrible man for sure.

    “Idi Amin Takes the Golan Heights” from the documentary “Idi Amin Dada”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE09wPmwfFQ&feature=related

    They’re parading around pretending to be invading Israel. :^)

    I’d never heard about Kurt Waldheim before; that’s absolutely CRAZY! Yikes. Then again, it seems like someone like Werner Von Braun had more complicity in blatant war crimes, and the U.S. was certainly in a hurry to climb into bed with him, so the fact that an ex-Nazi prospered in Austria is sadly not too shocking.

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    1. Julie’s avatar

      That’s hilarious, I think my favorite thing about Idi Amin is that he fled to Saudi Arabia, which paid him to basically shut up and stay out of politics.

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