Dienstag, März 01, 2011

The timing couldn't have been worse...or better...

Irony sometimes just slaps you upside your head and makes you go "Hmmmm..."

The UN Human Rights Council is about to come out, it appears, with a report on human rights in Libya (see here).

The Universal Periodic Review System of the UN is designed to treat each and every country the same way, objectively and via its peer group of member countries.


Of course, the irony here is that the UN Human Rights Council, created to replace the thoroughly discredited Human Rights Commission - which had been captured, as it were, by the worst offenders of human rights in order to white-wash what they were doing, has itself now been captured by the same offenders.

You see, the report praises Libyan human rights.

Yep, you read that one right.

Who praised Libya so strongly?

Those paragons of virtue: Iran, Sudan and Cuba.

Like I said, the timing couldn't have been worse for UN credibility. It couldn't have been better either: perhaps now people will understand that the UN is thoroughly corrupted and compromised, incapable of any sort of rational work.

The only rational for further UN funding is that there isn't any real alternative. But that is increasingly a straw-man argument: following that logic, the League of Nations should still be calling the shots.

The UN has fallen to the level of parody, failing to maintain integrity in any way, shape or form. The Secretary-General is too afraid of criticizing those states who richly deserve it, and more than happy to criticize those that are largely flawless in their international standing and relationships for not being subservient enough to the whims of the UN's General Assembly. Moral authority and integrity are sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and the vain, academic and ultimately foolish attempt at engaging thugs and robbers in "constructive dialogue" while at the same time giving them a playground where they can play the bully.

The UN is a failure, just as the League of Nations was a failure. Only fools and simpletons can expect it to play a realistic function in the years to come: it is a complete fraud, a waste of money, time and effort.

Remind me, someone, why we still pay most of the bills?

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