Tuesday, November 01, 2005

The U.N. Cops Out (Again)

Wow, the U.N.'s General Assembly has graciously designated January 27th as a day of annual commemoration for victims of the Holocaust.

"The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a resolution designating January 27 as an annual commemoration day for victims of the Holocaust but some Muslim delegations complained it did not cover other human tragedies."

Hmmm, Muslim delegations complaining; not surprised about that. But I find this part of the story somewhat curious:

"The resolution, first proposed by Australia, Canada,
Israel, Russia and the United States, was co-sponsored by 104 countries.
No vote was requested." (emphasis mine)

Why no vote? Not being an expert on the U.N., maybe that is standard procedure, I don't know. But, if the U.N. really wanted to bestow real gravitas upon this resolution, don't you think that the "signature" of each and every nation in the General Assembly is called for? Wouldn't that show the true seriousness of this proclamation?

Now, we all know that if there had been a vote, there would have been a certain bloc of nations that would have voted against the proclamation. However, I don't think that was the real fear. I think the real fear was that if there had been a vote, a different bloc of nations, a bloc with no discernible religious alignment, would have had to "out" themselves one way or the other.

And by the way, what do you make of this picture? Sands through the hourglass and all. A broken orb in the colors of the American flag. The Star of David about to hit bottom (pregnant that they can't even bring themselves to print the Israeli flag; except to burn it, of course.) Pretty bellicose, don't you think?