Fighting Back Against United Nations Gangsters

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Halvorssen went on: “More than 150,000 people have been killed in Venezuela since Lieutenant Colonel Chávez was elected president in 1999. Add to this the more than 5,000 who have died in the country’s disgraceful prisons….While all of this has taken place, this council has remained silent.”  On top of which “Venezuela is now seeking election to this council.”  To grant it a seat, Halvorssen said, “would shame and embarrass this council, and would allow Venezuela to shield its horrendous record of abuse and, equally problematically, to validate other authoritarian governments such as Syria, Iran, and one that sits shamefullly on this council — Cuba.”

As Halvorssen said the name of Cuba, he pointed a finger at the Cuban representative.  “Electing Venezuela,” he warned, “would deny this council the chance to shine a light into the darkness that envelops Venezuela. And it will blunt actions to protect 29 million Venezuelans who – ”

At which point Halvorssen was cut off.  At 2:08 on the video, if you look carefully enough, you can see Castro’s outraged lackey leaping out of his seat (and, in doing so, inadvertently knocking his chair to the floor) and waving his arms to get the chairwoman’s attention.

There ensued a bit of confusion.  First the chairwoman started to introduce the next speaker.  Then, however, she was apparently advised to do otherwise, and instead called on the representative from Cuba, who proceeded to lecture her angrily on procedure and chide her for not having cut off Halvorssen earlier.  “The speaker is out of line,” he thundered.  “It is possible to refer to human rights situations, but one cannot question the hopes and aspirations of states to become members of the Human Rights Council, or their right to be members.”  He called for Halvorssen’s statement to be struck from the record.  After the US representative took exception to this request, China spoke up, agreeing with Cuba that nobody has a right to challenge a country’s right to be a member of the council.  Halvorssen was then – finally – permitted to continue his statement.  But not for long.

“This December,” Halvorssen noted, “four authoritarian governments, China, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, and Russia will step down” – i.e., from seats on the council.  “You have a golden opportunity – ”

This time the chairwoman was quick to cut him off.  “Your time is up.  Cuba, you have the floor.”  Whereupon the Cuban representative congratulated her on her adherence to proper procedure.  “This is how it should occur,” he said, patting her figuratively on the head.  And he added: “We would like to ask the NGO through yourself, Madam President, that they abstain from using disrespectful terms such as ‘authoritarian regimes.’ We will not permit them to use this kind of language in this forum.”  Russia chimed in, agreeing with Cuba; China then called on the chairwoman to silence Halvorssen, and raised the question of whether it is even permissible to use terms like “authoritarian” in the council.  After a brief word by Pakistan, the chairwoman summed up the thugs’ verdict on Halvorssen’s speech: “I would like to call on everyone to adhere to language that is commensurate with the dignity inherent in the discussion of human rights issues.”  And that was that.

Watching this absurd spectacle, I thought of two people.  One of them was George Orwell.  I would love to have heard his verdict on an international “Human Rights Council” packed with goons working for the likes of Castro and Putin.  A “Human Rights Council” on which terms like “authoritarian” are verboten because they offend the authoritarians’ delicate sensibilities.  A “Human Rights Council” on which blunt truth-telling about human-rights violations is considered incommensurate with “the dignity inherent in the discussion of human rights issues” – whatever the hell that is supposed to mean.

And I thought of David Littman.  Surely, I reflected, he would have been very pleased to see Halvorssen setting the harsh facts before these gangsters – and, in doing so, visibly causing them distress.  It was good to think that even though Littman is gone, his spirit lives on in people like Thor Halvorssen.  In one sense, of course, to try to talk to the U.N. Human Rights Council about human rights is to bang your head against a wall; then again, if the banging makes a noise so loud that it echoes far beyond the council room, who knows what difference it can make?

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  • jacob

    Professor FALK was sent by this shameless kangaroo court to investigate the treatment of so called
    "Palestinian" prisoners at Israeli jails and he has already condemned Israel for the use of
    "Disproportionate Force" to fight against the almost 10 years long thousands of rockets fired by Hamas
    on South Israel with total disregard for human lives or property but just to cause as much damage as
    possible but he has made damned sure of any mention about the conditions HAMAS kept the five years
    corporal SHALIT…
    What kind of moral authority this rotten court has to judge Israel, at the time it has human rights violators
    of the kind of CUBA, CHINA, RUSSIA, SAUDI ARABIA, SUDAN among its members ????

    But it surely serves Israel riight, because the terrorists it has jailed should be kept in the same conditions
    the human rights violators sitting in the UNHRC keep theirs…
    No more and no less

  • Chezwick

    Bawer's voice becomes more important by the day as he shines the light of discovery on the polar night that is enveloping Europe and the UN. His literate and eloquent defense of human freedom is characteristically expressed in an unyielding moral censure of those who would usurp it in the name of "tolerance". And that's exactly how we on the Right MUST perceive the fight for survival of human freedom…through a moral prism, just the way Orwell did.

    Ronald Reagan once called the Soviets an "evil empire." At the time of course, Liberals scoffed at his moral clarity. Today, they scoff at any attempt to define the religion of Islam in any terms other than validating (or at the very least, relativistic). But we Conservatives understand the necessity of using the language of good and evil when defining our civilizational enemies. Anything less and we blur the bigger picture.

  • Steve Chavez

    On CNN this morning there are drawings of Syrian torture chambers and I can't imagine the pain caused by these methods making me think that they're begging to be WATER-BOARDED instead. Where is Obama? He was quick to aid the Arab Spring and now the Muslim Brotherhood and the rest will impose the Sharia Law but Obama is silent on Syria except for his and Hillary's crocodile tears.

    Hopefully someday, the United Nations will dissolve and we can instead have a Civilized Alliance vs. an Uncivilized One so the West can fund its agenda through its own body.

    My suspicion is that the UN Building itself is bugged in all sorts of ways so the U.S. will gladly pay for its upkeep but it seems with all the new technology, that the old-fashioned bugging system is out-dated anyway. So let's close the building, remodel it, and use it for apartments and office space.

    My suspicion too is that these dictator terrorists who visit the United Nations will someday bring WMD in their Presidential diplomatic planes and even use the planes to attack the Freedom Tower, DC, and other U.S. cities in a coordinated attack. How many seconds does it take to divert their plane from Kennedy to downtown NYC and that surely isn't enough time to stop the attack even with a nuke from Iran given to them by Russia.

    • Asher

      The lawlessness is coming to America if we allow this government to give the UN our governing rights, especially the Small arms treaty….All communists and socialists disarm the people so they can take total control of your lives!

  • waldemar

    The UN has been a leftist idea from the start. Any attempt to reform the UN is to dignify it. The only moral and effective solution is for the US to get out of it and ask those "eminencies" to leave NYC. They will then disintegrate or integrate with the OIC, Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Any idea how to go about this?

  • marios

    What the reason for us taxpayers to pay 25% of UN budget if we have nothing in respond? Saudis and all Muslim countries don't use their petro-dollars but imposed all anti-American, anti-Israel resolutions in UN. We are bankrupted almost with our enormous debt and who hold it? China and Saudi Arabia who pays so little to UN. Muslims by Koran and sharia' law must not aid any non-Muslims in any catastrophe but US, EU and Israel as democracies do it. Thus we support Islamists in their goal to dominate in the world. How stupid we are!
    If Republicans will be majority in both House of Representatives and Senate and Romney will be Pres. this stupid situation can be changed. Let we pray and work on it.

  • Beth

    It sickens me to know that U.S. tax-payer dollars go to the U.N. I don't like keeping company with thugs. I pray for an American administration that will one day end all support to that dangerous corrupt institution.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: "Fighting Back Against United Nations Gangsters"

    FIRST FIGHT THE NAACP Gangsters that rob decent taxpayers who WORK to support their lifestyle!

    ~ Section 8 housing subsidies, – Medicaid, and other support programs has been to create a permanent welfare class which, – in terms of skills and attitudes, is poorly equipped to return to work.

    Not only that, but the children of OBAMA welfare queens are nurtured in a mentality that perpetuates dependency from generation to generation.

    And liberal politicians are in no hurry to end this dependency since the system of welfare patronage serves their interests.… ~ American Thinker

    Currently, only half (50%) of Americans pay income taxes. Yet every non-criminal citizen can vote for OBAMA spending programs.

    Democrats have a vested interest in open borders, voter fraud, as well as expanding the numbers of persons on government welfare.

    Why should Obama wish to create more jobs when it is welfare recipients who are his greatest fans?

  • Ghostwriter

    The Human Rights Council should have let Halvorssen speak. It would have enlightened them but they didn't want to be enlightened. They wanted him to shut up because he was criticizing those like Cuba,Saudi Arabia,Venezuela,and other places like that.