Saturday, May 17, 2008

U.N. to Investigate Voters Against Obama

Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

U.N. racism investigator to visit the U.S. May 19-June 6, 2008.

The "investigator," of course, is the representative of a predominantly Muslim country, Senegal (h/t to No Sheeples Here).

This piece by Stephanie Nebehay at Reuters, reports:

"The special rapporteur will...gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance," a U.N. statement said on Friday.
Nebehay appears to offer her own opinion (unless quotation marks have gone astray),
Race has become a central issue in the U.S. election cycle because Sen. Barack Obama, the frontrunner in the battle for the Democratic nomination battle, stands to become the country's first African American president.
The U.N. Special Rapporteur has also "investigated" America's bias against Islam, our courts' application of the death penalty, (which, of course, is also biased, according to the U.N.), and our "hate" crimes (display of hangman's nooses).

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  1. Leading The SheepleSat May 17, 07:52:00 PM 2008

    Thanks for the hat tip on this posting.

    Leading The Sheeple

  2. Why don't they investigate the lack of basic human rights for women in Saudi Arabia? Oh I forgot. They're Muslims and the UN's masters.

  3. You anti-UN people crack me up. You give the UN far more credit than it deserves given its inability to achieve anything meaningful. Too bad there is not a more serious international organization to hold a mirror up to the U.S. and our racist society.

  4. Jeff your ignorance is showing. The UN has been for the last 30 years a hotbed of corruption and racism. There has not been one conflict in the last 30 years that they have stopped. And what they have done is destroy any credibility they had.

    The US is no more racist than any other nation. And our elections are more open than the majority of nations that belong to the UN. If those wonderful societies that support the UN are so great, why don't you move to one of them? Are you brave enough to face the wrath of Saudis if you break one of their so humane laws? Or any number of nations in Africa?

    You need to grow up and learn about the world. Your ignorance is showing.

  5. That's funny. I've spent more than one-third of my life living outside the United States, so I think I know something about how our democracy and racial tolerance stack up against other societies. I am also a former diplomat, and I have direct professional experience working with the UN and other nations in the context of the UN on a range of international issues. Clearly, you're assuming a level of ignorance that does not exist in my case.

    Oddly, we're not in complete disagreement regarding the UN. It is indeed an ineffective body that has failed miserably in most of its initiatives, especially where the stakes have been greatest. Where we differ is on the question of whether a stronger, more effective UN would advance the well-being of humanity and U.S. interests.

    Obviously, we also disagree about the extent of racism in our country and the relative quality of our democracy. We have much room for improvement on both fronts and should not be offended when others point that out. A strong country -- just like a strong person -- welcomes constructive criticism and seeks to grow from it.

    As for your sophomoric suggestion that I move to another country, I'd rather stay and fight for change than flee in frustration. I'm sure you'd rather I left, but that's just not in the cards. Sorry.

  6. I too have spent a good part of my adult life overseas. I am a veteran and the widow of a veteran, so I too understand the views of people in other nations.

    I and my fellow military personal are the ones who bleed and die when your diplomacy fails. We did it in 2 World Wars, Korea, Viet Nam, Persian Gulf and now Iraq and Afghanistan. We have seen the failures of the UN time and time again for the last 30 years.

    What started with good intentions and high ideals has evolved into a cesspool of corruption and bigotry. Corruption that goes on to this day. The scandals involving Kofi Annan and his son. Boy those two got rich off of the UN. The Oil for Food program, etc... Corruption that goes on to this day while everyone look a blind eye away.

    And then there is the little bit about their hypocrisies. The majority of member nations have no intention of obeying the Declaration of Human Rights (they had to sign it to become members), yet they have full membership. Then there was Resolution 3379 in 1975. A nice one that was. Or that wonderful Lovefest called Durban. Such a lovely decision that was.

    Or the marvelous group known as UNIFIL. A group that openly helped Hezbollah kidnap 2 Israeli soldiers in 2006. A group that has openly aided Hezbollah during the 2nd Lebanese War. A group that has openly supplied Hezbollah in violation of 1701. Yes the UN at its best.

    To have the UN investigate the US for Racism and not to investigate every nation that has violated the Declaration of Human Rights (Saudi Arabia would be a good start there), is obscene. And only proves that the UN is not needed for today's world.

  7. Exactly. We agree entirely. Fix the UN and fix racism in the United States. Then our soldiers will bleed less, and when they do they can be even prouder of the nation they serve.