Dispatches from the Creation Wars

How the UN Becomes a Joke

When they do things like appointing Libya and Iran to head commissions to combat racism:

The first preparatory meeting leading to the 2009 UN World Conference against Racism will take place at the UN’s offices in Geneva next week…

The preparatory meeting, which runs from August 27-31, will be chaired by Libya and include representatives of Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Croatia, Cuba, Estonia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Libya, Pakistan, Norway, Russia, Senegal, South Africa and Turkey. Those countries make up the bureau, the committee that will decide on the modalities and objectives of the 2009 conference.

Chaired by Libya? The country that gave a human rights award to French holocaust denier Roger Garaudy? And Iran? The nation headed by a man who denies the holocaust and says that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth? Khaddafi and Ahmeninijad are going to teach the world about human rights? I don’t think so. Two parallels come to mind: the Nobel Peace Prize going to Henry Kissinger and Yassir Arafat and the Grammy award for best heavy metal album going to Jethro Tull.