May 11, 2007

The UN's New Career In Comedy

The UN has a habit of giving the worst offenders in a particular issue a leadership position in overseeing it. One look at the Human Rights Council shows Turtle Bay's odd sense of humor in this regard, as it features some of the worst human-rights offenders in the world, such as Cuba and China -- and this is the reformed human-rights panel at the UN. Now it looks like the organization will expand its commitment to comedy into its efforts to protect the environment by placing one of the worst offenders in Africa in charge of the Commission on Sustainable Development:

African countries sparked outrage yesterday after they nominated President Robert Mugabe's regime for the leadership of a United Nations body charged with protecting the environment and promoting development.

Zimbabwe, which is enduring economic collapse and environmental degradation, could become chairman of the UN's Commission on Sustainable Development when a formal vote of its 53 members takes place today. ...

Zimbabwe's economy is collapsing, with inflation of 2,200 per cent - the highest in the world. Households can expect just four hours of electricity a day. This has encouraged deforestation, with large areas being stripped of wood for light and heating. Mr Nhema, 48, benefited from Mr Mugabe's wholesale seizure of white-owned land. The minister, who was educated at Strathclyde University, was handed Nyamanda farm near Karoi, a once thriving enterprise producing tobacco and maize. Most of its 2,500 acres are now lying idle.

Mr Nhema is also in charge of Zimbabwe's national parks, where wildlife has been decimated by poaching.

This makes sense only at the UN. The nation that has taken a rich agricultural tradition and destroyed it within one generation will lead the world in determining how to sustain human populations. Robert Mugabe, whose regime has stripped Zimbabwe of its resources will now lead the lecture series from the halls of the UN.

John McCain called for a move to "League of Democracies" as a means to marginalize the UN, a proposal with which I agreed in theory but felt worthless in practice. Perhaps that was too hasty. Such an organization would have little effect on our ability to solve problems like the Iranian nuclear program, as McCain argued, but it might just embarrass Turtle Bay enough to undergo some serious reform.

There is nothing that makes a moribund and corrupt bureaucracy jealous and motivated to change than the formation of a competing useless bureaucracy. If nothing else, it would spell an end to the lionization of brutal thugs like Robert Mugabe and the hilarity of selecting the author of Africa's starkest collapse as the spokesman for intelligent growth.


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Comments (10)

Posted by docjim505 | May 11, 2007 5:52 AM

Um, would that be the same UN that the left INSISTS:

--- Must approve our foreign and military policies;

--- Should have been left alone to handle Iraq;

--- Must be the sole source for dealing with Iran and North Korea (when we're not supposed to magically engage in bilateral talks, that is);

--- Will protect the environment from nasty ol' Americans with their mega-corporations and SUV's;

--- Get all the credit for dealing with humanitarian crises even when they don't do anything (cf. Darfur);

--- Must be taken seriously when its officials lecture the US about "human rights" violations;

--- Should be allowed to monitor US elections, and;

--- Should set US gun laws?


ROFLMAO. Or weeping. Not sure...

I guess this means no sanctions for Mugabe to try to get him to change his maniacal policies. No surprise: Mugabe is what most lefties dream of when they think about a truly liberal government. He REALLY knows how to make "the rich pay their fair share". O' course, the rest of the country is in the crapper, but you can't make (socialist) omellets without breaking (capitalist) eggs, can you?

Posted by LEJ | May 11, 2007 6:05 AM

We should abandon the UN and start a new organization of free states, called the Freedom Union, led by the United States, devoted to the principles of individual freedom and capitalism. The United States will decide who is eligible to join.

The Freedom Union will be a security and military alliance, as well as a trading block. It will take military action where necessary. One condition of joining will be to turn over all nuclear weapons to the United States.

/Mr Lynn

Posted by Mr Lynn [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 6:10 AM

We should abandon the UN and start a new organization of free states, called the Freedom Union, led by the United States, devoted to the principles of individual freedom and capitalism. The United States will decide who is eligible to join.

The Freedom Union will be a security and military alliance, as well as a trading block. It will take military action where necessary. One condition of joining will be to turn over all nuclear weapons to the United States.

/Mr Lynn

Posted by stackja1945 [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 6:31 AM

The old League died in 1945 of shame, the UN was born, the UN has developed senility, soon it will go the way of the League. If all nuclear weapons were just disabled who would worry. Any new group of nations needs only democratic members. The others could continue with the UN if they want to.

Posted by Michael Smith [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 6:59 AM

Bravo to Mr. Lynn!!

As a first step, we have to rejuvenate the original Freedom Union of free states -- namely, the United States -- and get it reoriented to individual freedom and capitalism.

And to do that, we must reject the morality that lies at the base of the welfare state and which has been the excuse for the destruction of individual freedom and capitalism in the US -- we must reject the morality of altruism.

Altruism holds that the essence of virtue consists of sacrifice and that the "needs" of one man give him a claim on the money and/or the property of another man. We must reject this view and grasp that no adult has the right to exist at the involuntary expense of others -- there is no right to the involuntary servitude of others -- and nothing whatsoever justifies the notion that some individuals must serve as part-time serfs to pay for another individual's education, his food, his shelter, his transportation, his doctor bills, his retirement or any of the other vast array of welfare programs that have destroyed our freedom.

The purpose of the United Nations is to make America responsible for all of the world’s needs -- it is the ultimate expression of altruism -- and if the government of America can make American taxpayers support the lazy, the shiftless, the stupid, the losers, the ignorant and the incompetents that reside within her borders, the nations of the UN see no reason why IT cannot make America support their own hordes of “needy” individuals, while their political class sits back and takes credit for practicing charity with dollars they did not earn or product.

The moral trumps the political. Individual freedom and capitalism are based on the principle that every human being is an end in himself, that we all have the right to exist for our own sake, neither sacrificing ourselves to others nor sacrificing others to ourselves. Until and unless we are willing to return to these principles and reject altruism, domestic and international leftists as well will continue to use it to destroy our freedom and sap the last of our wealth.

Posted by MarkJ | May 11, 2007 7:03 AM

Let's withdraw from the UN and send it collectively packing to someplace more ideologically agreeable to its members like, oh say, Caracas, Moscow, or Damascus.

However, while doing so, let's also make sure we collect those millions of dollars in NYC parking fines that UN diplomats and staffers have racked up over the years. And, if they refuse to pay, we'll just seize their assets and auction them to the highest bidders, "diplomatic immunity" be damned. All proceeds would then be divided among the families of Americans who have died as a result of UN incompetence and malfeasance.

*Sniff* Simple justice, I'd say.

Posted by doug in colorado | May 11, 2007 8:43 AM

You forget the way many of the leftists and greenies define sustainability and how to get there...they want a massive die-off of the human population from five billion down to one billion or below, and Mugabe should be able to show us the way in that regard. Makes perfect sense from that perspective....tat twisted, perverted, self-hating and despairing nihilist perspective...

Posted by Fritz [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 11:25 AM

Please note that the comedians in this event are not the UN but the governments of the other nations of Africa. All of those governments will whine day and night about anything the US or European countries may do, but they have consistently supported Mugabe as he ravished Zimbabwe, and then complained about UK and American efforts to isolate him. While, of course, demanding more foreign aid from America and Europe.

Posted by Adjoran [TypeKey Profile Page] | May 11, 2007 11:33 AM

There was at least a rationale for the UN during the early days of the Cold War: it provided a neutral place for the adversaries to meet and talk to avoid global nuclear war.

It never really served any other purpose. Its multinational programs and agencies are terribly inefficient, and the monies spent on them would get a better return on investment from non-UN groups. Once Nixon opened détente with the Soviets in 1973, there wasn't any further reason for the UN to exist - except to provide an excuse for a permanent paid holiday in Manhattan for cronies of the corrupt "developing" thugocracies.

"Reforming" the UN is about like rehabilitating Dillinger; it just can't happen.

The only sensible thing to do is GET OUT of it now, and invite them to GET OUT of the US. Which means the Beltway crowd will never figure it out . . .

Posted by Jay | May 13, 2007 9:47 PM

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