Friday, April 25, 2008

The Second Time as Farce - the UN

The United Nations couldn't get lower? A majority controlled by presidents-for-life denounces every move by the US and Israel. Libya was elected - elected - to chair preparations for the Human Rights Council's upcoming Durban II "World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance". And Iran and Cuba are members of this committee. Get lower than that? Here we go. Put a conspiracy theorist in a position of responsibility. The Second Time as Farce:
IF FURTHER PROOF BE needed of the terminal decline of the United Nations as a world body that purports to advance human rights, look no further than the recent appointments of Richard Falk and Jean Ziegler by the UN's Human Rights Council (HRC). Both appointments should be of major concern to U.S. leaders disturbed by the UN's increasing failure in the arena of human rights and the blatant and widespread anti-American and anti-Israeli bias among key UN human rights officials. Richard Falk, the Emeritus Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice at Princeton, is an outspoken, zealous critic of Israel and American foreign policy who has just been appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territories by unanimous vote. Falk has compared Israeli policy to the actions of Nazi Germany, publicly defended the reputation of former Colorado University Professor Ward Churchill, and wrote the foreword to controversial theologian David Ray Griffin's 2004 conspiracy theory treatise The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions About the Bush Administration and 9/11. ... Jean Ziegler, a Swiss sociology professor and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, has been an apologist for dictators such as Fidel Castro and Robert Mugabe"
And "once described the West Bank as an Israeli-run "immense concentration camp."