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9/3/09

Rafael Rey, Peruvian Defence Minister and winner of this week's coveted award

Rey (for it is he)

It's difficult to get across in mere words the moronic stupidity of Rafael Rey, Peru's new (and hopefully soon-to-be-ex) Defence Minister. The subject is the recent attacks on army personnel by Sendero (shining path) terrorists in the cocaine-producing VRAE region of selvatic Peru that we've mentioned here on several occasions.

There has been a marked uptick in attacks on Peru soldiers by the terrorists, within the last week or so a helicopter shot down, gunfights that resulted in deaths and injuries on either sides, etc. Skirmishes, in other words. The uptick is clearly caused by Peruvian army's own mini-surge into the region to rid us of the bad guys combined with a well-trained and entrenched guerrilla that will protect at all costs its highly lucrative cocaine business.

Now before we continue, let's make it clear that your author fully supports, as in 100% without a shadow of doubt and the merest hint of oppostion, the Peruvian government and its army in the current situation against the Sendero terrorists. This isn't even an issue and the world would be a better place if the outlaws of VRAE were defeated once and for all. However there's no way that the total and absolute moron in charge of Peru's Defence Ministry, Rafeael Rey, can say what he said today without comment made against him. In a presentation made to Peru's Congress today, Rey said the attacks against the national army must be considered "crimes against humanity".

Forgive him, Father, he knows not what he says, he is truly a dumbass.
He's just admitted to his enemy that they are in control of VRAE.

Yes, terrorist bands roaming semi-jungle, making cocaine and killing soldiers is bad, but there's no crime against humanity going on here. In fact the scumballs that run the Sendero operation in VRAE will probably be celebrating and toasting Rey by name tonight, such is the stupidity of what he said, because we need to understand what a "crime against humanity" really is. We all have a vague idea of course, and words like The Final Solution, Rwanda, Pol Pot, Stalin, Dirty War (I could continue, sad to say) come to mind. But there is a precise and legally recognized definition of the phrase. According to the people who created the standard, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, crimes against humanity (author's bold type added):

"....are particularly odious offences in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings. They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority. Murder; extermination; torture; rape and political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of falling into the category of crimes under discussion."

Thus by calling Sendero's attacks "crimes against humanity" he is recognizing that the narcoterrorists in the region are either the government or the de facto government of that region. His words show the utmost disrespect to the fallen, not due to malice aforethought but simply due to lack of intellect, knowledge and education. Did the brave soldiers think they were going in to VRAE to take back the region from its rulers, or were they there to defend Peru? This isn't some hair-splitting about semantics either, worthy lector of IKN, this is about having a stupid person ordering around brave people. This is about an ill-educated fool rising to the executive power level of a country. Put simply, dumbasses with this much power are very dangerous people and need to be surgically removed from any type of decision-making process as soon as possible, for the good of all.

A man like Rafael Rey isn't fit to polish the boots of the personnel in the Peruvian army, let alone order them about. Twobreakfasts is the most mediocre of Presidents (as recognized by this humble corner of cyberspace and by his own citizenry in approval polls) but at least he has a brain about him. He should sever his links to the stupid, stupid person (I keep coming back to the word to describe Rey's actions today, as no other seems apt) immediately before he is not simply the cause of a dialectic scandal but his clear ineptitude spills over into policies lethal to the soldiery he controls....or perhaps it is already too late there, too.

Anyway, Rafael Rey, you win this week's coveted award hands down. Nobody's gonna come close to you in the days remaining, that's a stone-cold cert. Enjoy, dumbass: