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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ban Ki-Moon's selective moral outrage

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon criticized President Ahmadinejad's speech Monday at the United Nations hatefest in Geneva.
I deplore the use of this platform by the Iranian President to accuse, divide and even incite. This is the opposite of what this Conference seeks to achieve. . . . I reminded the President that the UN General Assembly had adopted the resolutions to revoke the equation of Zionism with racism and to reaffirm the historical facts of the Holocaust respectively.
But Moon remained silent at equally noxious anti-Semitic comments by other delegations at Geneva.
· The Palestinian representative excoriated Israel as a racist state in violation of international humanitarian law and human-rights law. Its occupation of Palestinian territories, the representative said, is the “worst violation of human rights and the ugliest face of racism and discrimination” in the world.

· The Syrian rep railed about “foreign occupation” (an oblique accusatory reference to Israel) and delivered a litany of alleged crimes perpetrated by Israel, including throwing Palestinians “into the sea” and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
Yet Moon sat silently and had nothing to say afterward. Why? Perhaps because unlike Ahmadinejad, these delegations did not cause any countries to walk out of the conference.

By the way, there's a list of delegations that walked out on Monday here. Only the Czech Republic did not come back (I thought Sweden was staying away altogether, so I am surprised to see them on the list).


At 8:56 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Anti-Semitism at the UN is OK as long as it is genteel. The UN did not take issue with the content of Ahmedinejad's remarks - just with the means of their delivery. In other words, if he had downplayed the bluster, it would have been alright with Ban Ki-Moon. The UN sees nothing wrong with the views espoused by Ahmedinejad or else he would never have been allowed to keynote the Durban II proceedings.

Let's never lose sight of the real principles the world organization affirms, one of them being vicious hatred of the Jews and the modern state that represents them among the nations of the world - Israel.


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