UN is a bad joke 22/5/2007
Keep this piece by James Allen in mind the next time an anti-democratic bully cites international opinion and treaties as reason enough for over-riding our legislature.
How about the UN Commission on the Status of Women? At its 2007 annual conference, when surveying the plight of women around the entire world, what countries did it single out? Saudi Arabia, maybe, where women aren’t allowed to drive and are liable to be stoned to death? Or big chunks of Africa? Or Afghanistan? Nope. Apparently the only country that warranted a resolution for violating women’s rights was, wait for it, Israel.
Does scepticism really need to be made of sterner stuff?
Or how about this? The UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which is charged with economic development and the environment, just elected as its chairman Zimbabwe. Yes, Zimbabwe, which has annual inflation of more than 2200 per cent and whose economy is contracting by more than 5 per cent a year.
Or what about the UN’s Disarmament Commission? Iran was just elected to serve as vice-chairman, with Syria as rapporteur. Even George Orwell couldn’t satirise that!
It would be funny if it weren’t so serious.