Archive for September, 2009
They both want the UN to be fundamentally restructured.
They both accuse the UN’s various key organisations of partisanship. Of failing to deal even-handedly. Of taking sides. Of gross disregard of certain member states.
They want to see certain member states excluded from the UN’s various bodies.
And they have a point. A very valid point.
It really is time to create an organisation that truly represents the entire world.
Not just the bully-boys in the Islamic sphere and their fanatical collaborators.
Imagine a UN in which discussion is encouraged. Where debate aims at resolving problems. Where funds are used to solve the root cause of problems, instead of perpetuating them. Where problems are tackled with honesty and straight talk, backed up by firm action.
Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad, those paragons of democracy, free speech and peace, are absolutely right.
It really IS time to restructure the UN.
There should be two UNs. One consisting of large swathes of the Arab and Muslim worlds, allied to such beacons of freedom and democracy as Zimbabwe, Sudan and Cuba.
And the other consisting of the free world.
Leaving them free to pursue their goals.
And allowing us to make improvements in the free world.
Because if you want to find out what the world really looks like today while it is under siege at the UN, look no further than UN Watch.
Here are two short films.
That was then.
This is now.
Unfortunately, the films require no explanation.
And that’s the really sad part of it: the situation is plain for us to see, we keep paying to maintain the status quo, and there’s no change in sight.
I say vote for Gaddafi and Ahmadinejad and their proposal – a new, restructured “United Nations” or UN.
They can have it. These nations are, after all, truly united in their goals.
We’ll call our organisation the “Federation that Recognises and Embraces Equality”. FREE for short.
The only problem is, it feels truly terrible to condemn millions upon millions of ordinary, peace-loving citizens of the old UN to a life of misery under the new UN. A life with no prospect of any improvement.
UN Watch, Haaretz, JPost, Guardian, Guardian2, The Independent, The Daily Mail, WN, CBC, SwissInfo, RFE/RL, The Age, Brisbane Times, Washington Times, Tundra Tabloids, Gloria/Barry Rubin, Melanie Phillips, Melanie Phillips2, Ilya Meyer/UN Human Rights Council, Ilya Meyer, Ilya Meyer2, Ilya Meyer3,
“As [US] President Barack Obama has made clear, the key factor that prevents peace is the continuing building of Israeli settlements in Palestine.”
JIMMY CARTER (former president of the United States)
“Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.’”
LILLIAN CARTER (mother of Jimmy Carter)
When does self-delusion cease to be a personal embarrassment and start becoming an existential threat?
When an unhealthy obsession with the world’s sole Jewish state overrides everything else.
That perpetual jack-in-the-box of American politics, Jimmy Carter, just keeps popping up everywhere, with startling irregularity but predictable effect.
You’ve got to feel sorry for Hussein Obama.
Not only is he America’s first president from an ethnic minority.
Not only has he so far succeeded in getting absolutely everything wrong on the international political horizon.
Not only has he trashed America’s reputation and image internationally.
Not only has he succeeded in the amazing feat of losing the support and respect of both Arabs and Israelis at one and the same time.
He is also being constantly shadowed – some would say overshadowed – by has-beens from the Democratic Party who have also made their mark on US history and Middle East events. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton just won’t disappear off the US political stage.
The UN Climate Summit has Bill Clinton basking in the media floodlights, while the situation in the Middle East sees Jimmy Carter making one increasingly bizarre statement after the other.
Jimmy Carter is of the considered opinion that “the key factor that prevents peace is the continuing building of Israeli settlements in Palestine”. Really? The key obstacle wouldn’t be the Arabs’ refusal to cease their constant barrage of anti-Semitic propaganda via the state media, in school textbooks, in mosques?
The key obstacle wouldn’t be their insistence on a Palestine ethnically cleansed of Jews, while demanding that the Jewish state of Israel become home to a flood of Arab immigrants in addition to the 20 or so percent of Arabs who already make up the population of Israel?
The key obstacle wouldn’t be the Arab states’ refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish nation-state, while at the same time repeatedly demanding that Palestine be recognized as an Arab nation-state – the 22nd such state in the Middle East?
The key obstacle wouldn’t be Iran’s strident calls to wipe Israel off the map, accompanied by repeated Holocaust denials and a rapid burst of activity in the final hours of its pursuit of nuclear weapons to allow it to do just that?
The key obstacle wouldn’t be the fact that it is only under Israeli rule that the holy sites of the three main monotheistic religions have finally been opened freely to all worshippers, that Jewish and Christian sites were desecrated under Muslim rule, and that more of the same is on offer should Israel relinquish control over its own capital city?
The key obstacle wouldn’t be the fact that Jerusalem has over the past 1400 years of Islam’s existence never been mentioned once in the Muslim holy scriptures? That it has never figured once in any Muslim prayer, never been the capital city of any Muslim state, never figured on any Muslim coin? While at the same time being named 669 times in the Jewish holy scriptures, served as the capital of Jewish nations over the millennia, and has had a continuous Jewish population since time immemorial – since way before either Islam or Christianity were born.
It seems to be beyond the ken of Jimmy Carter’s limited powers of reasoning that it takes two to tango. Israel was offered peace with Egypt – and promptly pulled out of all of Sinai, handing over the only oil reserves it has ever had. Israel was offered peace with Jordan – and promptly built up joint industrial and agricultural zones for the benefit of both nations and peoples.
Israel tried kick-starting a similar process in the Lebanon by pulling completely out of that country – even though southern Lebanon had repeatedly been used as the launching pad for vicious attacks on Israel. The result was all-out war. Instigated by Iran’s Hizbollah militia invading Israel, killing and kidnapping Israelis and then unleashing thousands of rockets on civilian Israelis from Lebanese territory.
One bad experience doth not a trend make, so Israel tried kick-starting a similar process in Gaza by pulling out completely – even digging up the dead for reburial in Israel, so insistent were the Gaza Arabs on a Jew-free, ethnically cleansed Gaza Strip. The result was all-out war. Instigated by Iran’s Hamas militia invading Israel, killing and kidnapping Israelis and then unleashing thousands of rockets on civilian Israelis from Gaza territory. Now THERE’S a trend.
Jimmy Carter doesn’t see that any of this prevents peace in the Middle East.
They say “Mummy Knows Best”. It was never truer than in the case of Lillian Carter. Just think how much anguish could have been prevented if only she’d had the courage of her convictions.