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Jon Stewart “Here is something I do not get to say very much at all lately, good news from the Middle East.”

Reporter “A 12 hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.”

Reporter “There were no civilians being shelled, there were no rockets in the skies of Tel Aviv.”

Stewart “Finally, a cease-fire that, OK 12 hours. It’s only scheduled to last as long as a decent dose of Sudafed. But still, it is some relief, we can build on this.”

Reporter “Sunday, it took all of 10 minutes for the fragile cease-fire expired at 8am for Hamas to send rockets into Israel.”

Stewart “Bleep! I guess the real question was what was going on during those 10 minutes. ‘Hello, people. Humanitarian cease-fire ended 10 minutes ago. Tick tock. The never ending hatred in this region isn’t going to bomb itself'”.

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Reporter “The UN Security Council called for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire.”

Stewart “Boom! Unconditional! Not that such resolutions are in any way enforceable or meaningful. But still, when a resolution is issued…”

Reporter “The United Nations Security Council took action with a statement, not a resolution.”

Stewart “Even a resolution was too much? ‘Guys, I don’t know. A resolution seems pretty stern, pretty stern guys. Even a statement, I don’t know. What’s the death toll? A thousand and growing? What about we just jump in with a hmm, hey guys. You know, if that gets push back, we can take it down a notch. I mean, we’re only a collection of the world’s super powers'”.

http://thedailyshow.cc.com/videos/w2vuc9/truce-defective

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Friday night on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” Cooper welcomed Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) to discuss Lee’s vote against the United Nations treaty for the “Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”  Cooper questioned why Republicans are so dead set against a treaty that would ultimately have no power over established U.S. laws.

“Senator, you said this treaty will somehow change U.S. law or could change U.S. law,” Cooper said.  ”Former Republican Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, who helped negotiate this treaty on behalf of President George W. Bush said emphatically it would have no effect on U.S. law, not now, not ever.  Is he wrong?”

“Well, I respectfully disagree with the former Attorney General’s conclusions,” Lee said.  ”I look at the treaty and I see one provision that arguably sets in place international entitlement rights.  Another provision that can be read to undermine the rights of parents to make decisions on how best to educate and otherwise care for their children with disabilities.”  Lee argued that another provision could force the U.S. government to provide abortions.

“You’re just interpreting things,” Cooper said.  ”It doesn’t use the word ‘abortion.’  It just basically says that disabled people should have the same access to health care that other people have, that non disabled people have overseas.”

Lee countered that the treaty uses the phrase “reproductive rights,” which he said “has been interpreted to include abortion.”

“But this treaty states that it’s not self-executed,” said Cooper, meaning that it doesn’t create legal obligations to be resolved in U.S. courts.

“The fact that it may be non-self-executing, Anderson, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have any effect at all,” Lee insisted.

“Can you name any other U.N. treaty that has forced changes in U.S. law?” Cooper asked.

Lee could not, admitting, ”I didn’t come prepared to cite Supreme Court precedent on this point but it’s a well known fact that once you ratify a treaty…”

“But what you’re saying is totally hypothetical,” Cooper broke in.  ”You’re using a bunch of hypotheticals saying they’re going to — this is going to force abortion rights for disabled people overseas, some groups are saying children with glasses are going to be taken from their parents, you’re using all these very scary hypotheticals — you cant even cite one case where a U.N. treaty has impacted U.S. law?”
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/08/anderson-cooper-destroys-gop-senators-argument-against-u-n-disability-treaty/