22 February 2009

If it is all just talk, that is fine .... but



Back in 1983, ABC television ran a bad mini-series called Amerika. In the wake of social chaos in the good old USA, the UN, acting as a guise for the old Soviet Union, decided to take over our country. Armed UN troops were seen on the streets and the states were divvied up into a groups of smaller, puppet people's republics, one headed up by Robert Urich, in spite of Kris Kristofferson's best efforts.

I always agreed with IMDB, which classifies this piece under the genre of "Fantasy."

I am not so sure anymore.

The UN is planning a conference to review the efforts of its 2001 Durban World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance. On the table in the conference report, WSJ reports are:

  • "The plight of Palestinian refugees and other inhabitants of the Arab occupied territories." "Arab occupied territories" is code for the otherwise undisupted territory of Israel, not Gaza or the West Bank. In otherwords. we are not acknowledging Israel's right to exist at the UN now.
  • Whether to include a line that the Holocaust "resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people" is up for debate. No surprise that Iran is a vice chair of the conference prep committee.
  • The draft also calls "on states to develop, and where appropriate to incorporate, permissible limitations on the exercise of the right to freedom of expression into national legislation." In other words, everyone must make it illegal to blaspheme the Prophet!
The Committee that is planning this thing is chaired by Libya, and the vice chairs include Cuba, in addition to Iran.

No real surprise there. But I do have a response to one of the calls of the conference:

States that "have not yet condemned, apologized and paid reparations" for the African slave trade are urged "to do so at the earliest."

Friends, I think that billions in foreign aid to Africa over the years is enough to repay Africa. (Not that I want it to stop.) And for those Americans of African ancestry who think that citizens of this country ought to pay something for the bloodguilt of having corporately profited from slavery, I say this debt has been paid if full by the deaths of 360,000 Union soldiers who gave their lives to end slavery.

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