February 21, 2007

HARRISONBURG—In an article published today by the online opinion journal American Thinker, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law criticize the recent “Global Peace Forum” in Kuala Lumpur sponsored by former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s Perdana Leadership Foundation.

After quoting from the conference keynote by the former leader, known to his supporters as “Dr. M,” as well as an address by former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney entitled “War Crimes—An American Perspective from One Who Dissents,” the essay goes on to report: “While not listening to such speeches—including presentations on ‘War Crimes in Iraq,’ ‘War Crimes in Lebanon,’ and ‘War Crimes in Palestine’—attendees to the Global Peace Forum could visit its ‘War Crimes Exhibition,’ following, of course, its ‘formal opening ceremony’ presided over by Dr. M himself. This exhibit included a ‘Guantanamo exhibition,’ which featured ‘figures of naked men … strapped to a chair, legs and arms bristling with nails driven into his flesh, while another is bombarded with loud, incessant disco music.’”

More disconcertingly, the two professors note, the conference ended with the inauguration of a “Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal” which, under the chairmanship of Mohamad, proceeded to accept a nine-count “indictment” of U.S. President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Australian Prime Minister John Howard “for the sufferings of the people in Iraq, Lebanon, and Palestine.”

The article by the two professors, “See Cynthia and Mohamad Play Tag Team,” can be accessed online by clicking here.