Has the United Nations no shame? Apparently not, as it continues to legitimize some of the world’s worst tyrants and human rights abusers.
The most recent example is the UN leadership’s endorsement of the so-called “World Without Terrorism Conference” hosted by the Iranian regime in Tehran on June 25-26, 2011. The “distinguished” roster of attendees included the indicted international criminal Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, the corrupter-in-chief Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and the hear-no-bin Laden, see-no-bin Laden Pakistani president Asif ‘Ali Zardari.
The conference website set the tone with an anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a hooked-nose Israeli soldier looking like the devil with horns and another cartoon displaying the Statue of Liberty holding a stick of dynamite in her hand.
Kicking off the conference were the Iranian terrorist-sponsoring leaders, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Each of them tried to outdo the other in branding the United States and Israel as the world’s leading terrorist states.
Khamenei, who fancies himself as the 12th Imam’s deputy on Earth, lamented the “satanic world powers which use terrorism in their policies and in their planning to achieve their illegitimate goals.” Of course, he wasn’t talking about his own government or the genocidal Al-Bashir, as he should have been doing. He was referring to the “Zionist regime” and to the U.S., the United Kingdom, and other Western governments that have a “black record of terrorist behaviors.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also pointed to “noble teachings of Islam” as the solution to ending the global terrorist threat. He just happened to leave out the “noble teachings of Islam” which teach about jihad against all unbelievers to establish Islam’s Sharia law worldwide.
After all, it was Mohammed himself who said “I have been ordered to wage war against mankind until they accept that there is no god but Allah and that they believe I am His prophet and accept all revelations spoken through me.”
To make sure that nobody misunderstood his “noble teachings” Mohammed also said: “To battle Kafirs [unbelievers] in jihad for even one day is greater than the entire earth and everything on it.”
Then again, Khamenei does not link the killing of unbelievers and all enemies of Islam to terrorism. Killing every Jew or “Crusader” in his mind is simply fulfilling the Islamist duty of jihad as laid out by Mohammed.
For his part, Ahmadinejad claimed that Iran was one of the chief victims of terrorism. He also revived his 9⁄11 truther claims:
Some believe that the motive behind the September 11 attacks was to ensure the safety of [the] Zionist regime, to foment insecurity in regional countries, to distract U.S. public opinion from the chaotic economic situation in the country, and to [line] the pockets of uncivilized, belligerent capitalists… Two years after the incident that provided an excuse for the invasion of two countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) led to the killing, injuring, and displacing of millions… the U.S. government, under pressure from public opinion, tasked a group to investigate the reason behind the attacks. But the real truth has been kept from the Americans and the world[.]
Khamenei and Ahmadinejad wouldn’t let their conference go by without making sure they got together for a tête-à-tête with Sudanese president Al-Bashir. Perhaps Al-Bashir gave them some friendly advice about how to brutally suppress their own people and get away with it. After all, Al-Bashir can speak from long experience that continues right up to the present day. His Islamist Arab regime presses on with its relentless massacre of the defenseless black African population inhabiting central Sudan’s Nuba Mountains located in an area known as South Kordofan.
Did the United Nations condemn the travesty of this supposed conference against terrorism hosted by terrorist-sponsoring Iran and attended by the international criminal Al-Bashir? Did it call for the immediate arrest of the Sudanese president on the warrant issued by the International Criminal Court? Not a chance. To the contrary, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon actually praised Iran for its initiative in hosting the conference.
The news agency FARS reported that in a message delivered to the conference via special envoy, Ban said:
The U.N. has an important role in fighting terrorism and I hope that the Tehran conference can attain [this] great goal.
FARS also quoted Ban Ki-moon as saying that the UN had approved a large number of resolutions against terrorism in recent years and that “holding conferences like the Tehran conference can be considerably helpful in implementing these resolutions.”
Lest anyone think that the UN secretary general’s words got lost in the translation or taken out of context, a UN spokesperson defended Ban Ki-moon’s message to the conference, saying, “The UN believes that it is important for all nations to work together in the fight against terrorism.”
How about we start working together “in the fight against terrorism” by ostracizing the state sponsors of terrorism like Iran itself, which has also flouted a series of UN Security Council resolutions aimed at stopping its drive for nuclear weapons? One of the best ways to start towards Iran’s self-proclaimed conference goal of a “World Without Terrorism” is to strive for a world without the current terrorist Iranian regime.
Instead, the UN continues to reward Iran for its bad behavior. Just last week, the UN General Assembly elected Iran as one of its vice presidents and Qatar as president, each for a year-long term starting in September. Qatar is no angel either, by the way. Aside from financing the terrorists’ propaganda arm, Al-Jazeera, Qatar protected terrorists, including the mastermind of 9⁄11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, according to the 9⁄11 Commission.
Sadly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon let another opportunity go by without calling out the Iranian government’s evil when he sees it and exposing its blatant hypocrisy. Instead, he allowed the United Nations to legitimize yet another Iranian exercise in anti-Western, anti-Semitic propaganda.
Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.