Tell me again why we give the UN any money?

July 12, 2010

Just when you think that body couldn’t be any more useless and corrupt, they do something like this:

UN Fails to Condemn North Korea for Killing Over 40 South Korean Sailors

When the results of the international investigation into the sinking of the South Korean ship the Cheonan were released in May, the U.S. State Department was adamant that it believed North Korea was responsible — and that the country would have to face some actual punishment for killing 46 innocent South Korea sailors.

“I think it is important to send a clear message to North Korea that provocative actions have consequences,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said May 21 while visiting her Japanese counterpart in Tokyo.

Fast forward to today, when the United Nations released a presidential statement which not only does not specify any consequences for the Kim Jong Il regime, but doesn’t even conclude that North Korea was responsible for the attack in the first place.

The statement acknowledges that the South Korean investigation, which included broad international participation, blamed North Korea, and then “takes note of the responses from other relevant parties, including from the DPRK, which has stated that it had nothing to do with the incident.”

“Therefore, the Security Council condemns the attack which led to the sinking of the Cheonan,” the statement reads.

Isn’t diplomacy-speak wonderful? Not only does the UN issue the weakest form of statement, the “presidential statement,” but it can’t even name the party behind the attack. I bet the families of those 40 dead sailors feel oh-so-comforted, knowing Turtle Bay has their backs.

As Daniel Halper asks,

“…how long did it take for the UN to issue a condemnation of Israel’s action against pro-terrorist flotilla members?”

A perfectly legal action, bear in mind, as opposed to North Korea’s act of war.

Tell me again, does the United Nations do any good, and is there any reason for us to remain a part of it?

Really, just try to convince me. I love fantasy stories.

(via Jeff Emanuel)

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Oligarchs: they’re not just in California

July 12, 2010

Texas has a few of them, too, as “Representative” Ciro Rodriguez (D) takes umbrage when an uppity peon a concerned voter calls him on his lies about ObamaCare:

Ciro’s anger and bluster, folks, hides a more basic emotion: fear, bordering on panic. He knows the rubes have stopped buying what he and his buddies in the oligarchy are shoveling; you can see it in his frustration when faced with facts. And he knows November is going to be bad for the party that shoved this nonsense down our throats.

Very bad, indeed.

(via Moe Lane)

LINKS: More at Hot Air, Big Government, and Sister Toldjah.

RELATED: California’s oligarchs.


Switzerland protects child rapist

July 12, 2010

They’re refusing to extradite Roman Polanski to the US. Why? Because they can’t be sure there isn’t a flaw in the extradition request, even though they can’t find one:

The 76-year-old French-Polish film director Roman Polanski will not be extradited to the USA. The freedom-restricting measures against him have been revoked. This announcement was made by Mrs Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), in Berne on Monday. The reason for the decision lies in the fact that it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty a fault in the US extradition request, although the issue was thoroughly examined. Moreover, also the principles of State action deriving from international public order were taken into account.

Oh, for Pete’s sake! The Swiss are basing their denial on two technicalities and the remote possibility that there might be a flaw in the request – which had been “thoroughly examined.” Don’t forget what Polanksi did: he stands convicted of drugging and anally raping a 13-year old girl. And yet Madame Widmer-Schlumpf is letting him go on the basis of a possibly uncrossed T?

Ed has it right: this is just cover. The real reason they’ve committed this judicial atrocity is to please the entertainment industry and the EU Left, who apparently think drugging and sodomizing a child can be excused for the sake of art.

Congratulations, Switzerland! With this one move, your government has placed your nation on a level with amoral banana-republics the world over.