Monday, September 25, 2006

Why is the UN still in NY?

Seriously. (Read this column by Mark Steyn)

I can understand the maxim "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" (The Prince, Machiavelli), but this is ridiculous. I'd say it was the Bizarro UN we were seeing last week, but this appears par for the course. Between the hate filled rhetoric of
Ahmadinejad and Chavez (and the reception both received) and the recent scandals plaguing the UN in recent years (Oil-for-Food, and the child prostitution rings run in Africa by UN peacekeepers) the UN has ceased being any type of authority on international relations. Lately, the UN has become an increasingly ineffectual, irrelevant institution which shrilly cries out any anti-US sentiment it can find.

Of course, looney Ted Turner (he of the North Korean vacation), had to weigh in on

"They're a sovereign state," he said. "We have 28,000. Why can't they have 10? We don't say anything about Israel -- they've got 100 of them approximately -- or India or Pakistan or Russia. And really, nobody should have them. They aren't usable by any sane person."

Okaay. I'll give you the "aren't usable by any sane person" part. But is Ahmadinejad particularly sane? Here's something I dug up Googling for information regarding the 12th Imam (referenced in Steyn's column). What I found was kind of chilling.

In a speech on November 16th, Ahmadinejad spoke of his belief in the return of the Twelfth Imam. One of the differences between Sunni and Shi’ite Islam is that the latter, who dominate Iran and form the majority in Iraq, believe that Allah shielded or hid Muhammad al-Mahdi as the Twelfth Imam until the end of time. Shi’ites expect the Twelfth Imam, which Jews and Christians would recognize as a messianic figure, to return to save the world when it had descended into chaos. Shi’ite orthodoxy has it that humans are powerless to encourage the Twelfth Imam to return. However, in Iran a group called the Hojjatieh believe that humans can stir up chaos to encourage him to return...

...Today, in addition to the possibility of Ahmadinejad himself being a member (or a former member), the group has connections to Qom ultraconservative cleric Mesbah Yazdi</a> whom Iranians frequently refer to as the "crazed one" and the "crocodile." Four of the twenty-one new cabinet ministers are purportedly Hojjatieh members. Some reports state that cabinet ministers must sign a formal pledge of support for the Twelfth Imam.

A sane man, indeed. Yet the UN not only let him address the General Assembly, they appeared to by-and-large approve of what he said (and we actually let him in the country!)

Iran's president was a huge hit at the U.N. Short of bringing out some burqa-clad Rockettes and doing a couple of choruses of "This Is the Dawning of the Age of a Scary Us," he couldn't have been a bigger smash. I said a year or two back, apropos the U.N., that it's a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice cream and blend it with a quart of dog poop the result will taste more like the latter than the former. And last week's performances at the General Assembly were a fine illustration of that. Ahmadinejad and Hugo Chavez were the star finalists of "UnAmerican Idol," and, just when you need Simon Cowell, the only Brit in sight was the oleaginous Mark Malloch Brown, Kofi Annan's deputy, fawning over every crazy in town. The rest of the bigwigs reacted like Paula Abdul, able to discern good points even in fellows who boast about not having any. That's the reality the Dershowitzes refuse to confront: that structurally the U.N. enables thugs to punch above their weight.

And then there's Loony Lite: half the crazy, none of the nukes. Mr. Chavez, the Napoleonic Chihuahua dog of Venezuela. He's the one who wants a revised constitution so he can in effect become tyrant-for-life. He claims the "people" should be free to elect the person they want as a leader as many times as they can. "People" being narrowly defined as the thugs and ballot-box stuffers on his payroll.
Chavez was an even bigger hit, in part because he eschewed the Holocaust denying, doesn't see himself as the warm-up act for the Twelfth Imam, and stuck closer to the American left's talking points: It's all the Bushitler's fault. He denounced Bush as an "imperialist, fascist, assassin, genocidal" and also "the devil," he held up a copy of some unreadable Noam Chomsky book, gave it a big plug and subsequently regretted that he couldn't meet with the late Professor Chomsky. Chomsky isn't late, he's alive and well. Granted, it's easy to get the impression he's been dead for 30 years, since he hasn't had a new idea since the early '70s.

(I love any writer who takes the time to make a gratuitous dig at Chomsky).

Chavez even demands that the UN be relocated to Venezuela. I am sure I would not be the first American to say "Don't let the door hit you on the ass".

The UN is poised to go the way of the League of Nations.