Monday, April 20, 2009

News Talk Online April 20, 2009: Ahmadinejad Lives Up To Expectations

At least Iranian Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lives up to the fears and expectations the rest of the world has for him.

The only national leader to attend the Durbin II UN human rights conference in Geneva kicked off the conference by delivering a speech where he accused Israel of genocide.

The European nations that had not previously decided to sit out the gathering walked out in protest.

Several others, including Germany and the Netherlands, had joined the United States and Israel in boycotting the conference for fear that Israel would become its focus. Ahmadinejad guaranteed that those concerns would come true.

Of course, it's popular to accuse Israel of human rights violations. That's fine, and fair game. But I guess the conference avoids the issue of rights in Iran.

Let's see ... a freelance journalist is picked up for buying wine (horrid!) then held for reporting (for the BBC, NPR and others) without a press card and then is convicted behind closed doors and without representation of her attorney of spying for the United States.

Women are routinely arrested for showing strands of hair in public.

And as Ahmadinejad has said himself, there are no gays in Iran. At least no identifiably gay people. Well, at least no identifiably gay people who are still alive.

Those nations that sat out Durbin II did so out of conscience. Those that attended wanted to give it a go because the issue is, of course, a serious one. There are human rights violations all across the globe. And all of them deserve our attention and remediation.

But those who walked out had little choice. Because if the only human rights violations the UN is going to focus on are those allegedly committed by Israel, then a lot of people suffering elsewhere in the world will find no relief. And that includes those who live under the repressive regime controlling Iran.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was very sceptical about the countries in the EU who decided to attend the Durban2 conference since we know what the tone of the conference was likely to be,a hate fest against Israel. However, in retrospect, I am pleased they went since the walk out they made said far more about their feelings than empty seats ever could.
I had thought from the outset that the conference was a joke, since we had seen what the original Durban conference brought out, It has succeeded beyond my wildest expectations. How can you possibly have a conference on human rights when the conference organisers are probably ranking in the tope 5 human rights violaters in the world.
One thing that it does convince me of is the uselessness of the United Nations. They do not fulfil their mandate any longer and have become power hungry and biased. It needs to be disbanded.

Vandenplas84 said...

haha im glad all the european diplomats walked out but noticed how many stayed! The man is not credible even to him own people and I hope he doesn't get re-elected in Jine.

Anonymous said...

AHMADINEJAD,IS BUT A MOUTH PIECE FOR THE MULLAHS OF IRAN. THEY DICTATE AND HE CARRIES OUT. SOON THERE WILL BE BOMBS COMING TO TAKE OUT THOSE URAINIUM ENRICHMENT SITES, THAT IS IF BI BI KEEPS HIS PROMISE. IT WILL BE INTERESTING WHAT APPROVAL WILL COME FROM oBAMA, FOR UNTIL NOW, OUR ISRAELI ALLIES HAVE HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE USA. THE UN APPEARS IMPOTENT , AND SADLY THERE IS NO VIAGRA FOR THAT ENSHRINED GROUP. WHERE ARE THE LEADERS WHO ARE REALLY LOOKING OUT FOR THE NEEDS AND SAFETY OF THEIR CITIZENS? JAMIE _ 38

Anonymous said...

What an OXYMORON that Ahmadinejad would kick off the Durban2 conference. Ahmadinejad doesn't have a CLUE what human rights means. Ahmadinejad is one of the most Vile Evil Hypocritcal men, let alone a Leader, to the human race. Where IS Irans help to Palestine? It's just Rhetoric. The UN is an Empty House that is open only to keep people employed PERIOD! As a female, I don't understand how any woman, would agree to stay enslaved as a Muslim. These women are no different than the Mormon Women in Texas that will agree to be dictated, controlled and manipulated by religion and Men at any cost. I am Encouraged by the nations that did Not attend and to those who did walk out and hope maybe that might be a wake up call, otherwise I'm thorougly disgusted the term Human rights seems to completly escape some of the world leaders. JT

Anonymous said...

Never just walk out, hear the idiots' out and then flay them verbally within an inch of their life!

Anonymous said...

" These women are no different than the Mormon Women in Texas that will agree to be dictated, controlled and manipulated by religion and Men at any cost."


I surely hope Anonymous knows the difference between MORMONS from the FLDS and the regular MORMONS from the LDS. But the Mormons have never called for the annihilation of an entire country, have they? No, they have not.

Conversely, that sick little monkey in charge of Iran HAS NOT BEEN CALLED TO TASK FOR MULTIPLE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES.

I wonder how long the USA will spend 5 BILLION a year on the UN?

-LD McLellan

Anonymous said...

I appreciate this piece. Iran is a potential ally to western civilization for many reasons. But not until and unless their religious tyranny ends and oppressive laws change.

Frank: please, give it a rest. Can we just once not run the equivalency flag up the pole? Yeah, Israel is a flawed country. Tag, you're it. It is a bore.

Anyone who thinks they have a clear moral understanding about Israel and Iran is not paying attention. Iran must change, and the Arab states must as well. Full stop. Hateful theocracies are the enemy of civilization.

I abhor the influence the right wing and religious nuts have in the Knesset but Israel is not a theocracy. When I'm-adumbjihad calls it genocide he is inflaming the Muslim street to cosmic war for political gain. Condemn it per se.

Good post, Gary.

Greg Correll

Anonymous said...

Historically, ALL organized religions grow out of the early influences of power crazy tribal witch-doctors; so ANY country RULED by such illogical credos will invariably be power-driven with hatred as fuel. Such is the case with the crazy mullahs working behind the scenes in the middle east.

We are civilized only in proportion to our willingness to isolate people spewing vitriolic hatred within closed enclaves where their vitriolic "puss" remains contained and eats upon itself.