Clinton Cites Serb Police 'Bravery':
Omits Gay Marchers Courage
The American Secretary of State, Madame Hillary Rodham Clinton, had a few nice things to say about Serbian security forces for doing their jobs at Sunday's Gay Pride Parade. Her remarks were made after a private meeting with Serbia's top political leader yesterday:
I also thank President Tadic and your government for your commitment to protect the human rights of all the citizens of your country. I especially want to commend the bravery of the police who provided security for the event for last Sunday’s pride parade. It was not easy, and yet we watched as the official law enforcement forces demonstrated unequivocally your support for the rights of all.
The police on duty this Sunday in Belgrade did indeed act admirably, in an incredibly hostile and potentially-deadly urban street situation in a wartorn region.
But what concerns me here is that the Secretary did not offer a word of praise or honor for the courageous gay marchers and participants at the rally, including the straight allies which included our Ambassador, Mary Warlick.
Hey, Hillary! Give a shout to the brave young gay organizers for demanding respect of their human rights. They deserve high-level praise from America's top diplomat.