"The leather SS jacket makes my blood go cold it is so cool!"
Hardly something we wanted to hear from a senior military analyst at a prestigious human rights organization.
Yet this was expressed in a blog post by Human Rights Watch senior analyst Marc Garlasco, as cited in ICEJ News for Sept. 15. It turns out Garlasco is an avid collector of WWII Nazi memorabilia. Very avid.
Now at this point, a normal reaction might be something like, “Uh, so what?”
But, aye, there’s the rub, as Prince of Denmark might say. A person’s off duty proclivities to collect memorabilia of whatever sort shouldn’t affect his day job, should they? But they might offer insight into his personality. If the guy were an accountant at Bear Stearns, I don’t see what difference it would make what he does in his off hours, but when he works as a senior analyst at an organization whose stated purpose is a dedication to “defending and protecting human rights” (HRW About Us page), and when said organization self-righteously asserts an adherence to "rigorous, objective investigations,” and (this is the critical part) when said organization has regularly blazed new trails in anti-Semitism, then you just have to stop and wonder if maybe there is a connection.
Now I’m not going to say that HRW hired Garlasco in order to make use of his apparent fascination with the Third Reich, or even that HRW had given any thought at all to his unusual interests. But I am saying that, given their task, they really should have taken into consideration whether such a mind set could cloud his judgment, particularly with regard to writing reports concerning the modern Jewish nation of Israel.
The Human Rights Watch organization really, really should have taken these things into consideration, if they were at all concerned with objectivity, as they say they are.
But you see, that’s the problem. HRW has consistently demonstrated a strong – I would even say vindictive – bias against the Jewish state. NGO Monitor (a truth seeking organization which I consider a true ball carrier, if I may use my football analogy), puts the matter rather nicely in their detailed report Experts or Ideologues? A Systematic Analysis of Human Rights Watch’s Focus on Israel:
Our investigation shows a consistent pattern of ideological bias, lack of professional qualifications, and unsupported claims based on faulty evidence and analysis on the part of HRW.
So, back to Mr. Garlasco. Do you think maybe his fondness for the legacy of Adolf, Herrmann, Heinrich & company were somehow missed by an employer which regularly attacks the modern state that grew out of the ashes of that legacy? I think that’s a bit of a stretch.
I’m trying to keep this simple, so anyone can see through the fog and notice there is something seriously wrong here. The controversy surrounding Garlasco’s work at HRW, the organization’s tepid response, and a more detailed discussion of the whole sordid affair can be found at NGO Monitor and in several fine blogs better than this one. I particularly suggest Omri Ceren’s Mere Rhetoric blog; also Elder of Ziyon is an excellent source for information of this sort.
I’m just trying to add one more shoulder to the push. If we keep pressing for the truth, something is going to move.