Monday, April 20, 2009

UN Commemorates Hitler's Birthday in Geneva

It is highly ironic that the UN opens its Durban ll "conference against racism" on the occasion of Adolf Hitler's 120th birthday. Not withstanding its name, this conference is nothing more than an exercise in anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing being led by some of the most racist countries on earth (namely in the Middle East).

The conference is a repeat of Durban 1 held a few years back and which was noted for its singling out of Israel as a "racist" state. This year's event promises to be the same with the featured speaker none other than Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Fortunately, not only are Israel and the US boycotting the conference, but also Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia. Among European countries who are attending we find the UK and France. The latter should be ashamed.

Today, when Ahmadinejad referred to Israel as a "racist entity", dozens of EU delegates rose and walked out of the hall. That is well and good, but why were they there to begin with? Why did Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz personally meet with Ahmadinejad? Does not the state of Switzerland stand for anything other than being an international banking center?

In addition to the requisite Israel-bashing led by the Arab states, also on the agenda is a move to make it a crime to criticize a religion. Sounds great, but the only religion that is really concerned here is Islam.

What is really astounding is when you examine the countries that are at the forefront of this effort to demonize Israel while making it a violation of international law to "defame" Islam.

First, let's look at Iran, whose president is the featured speaker. This is the man who has denied the Holocaust and called for Israel to be wiped off the map. In Iran, members of the Ba'hai faith are routinely persecuted as part of a government policy. What do I mean by persecuted? I mean things like arrest, rape and killing. This is the country where women accused of adultery are buried up to their shoulders and stoned to death while the faithful shout, "Allahu Akbar!" This is the country that hangs homosexuals. This is the country that storms embassies, takes diplomats hostage and finances terror.

In Egypt, members of the Coptic Christian minority are subject to discrimination by the Muslim majority. As in other Middle Eastern countries, mainstream newspapers and magazines publish anti-Semitic rants and cartoons reminiscent of Julius Streicher's Der Stuermer, the old Nazi anti-Semitic newspaper popular in the Third Reich. In the Middle East, People still write about the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as if it were fact. Mein Kampf is still a best seller in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to openly practice any religion other than Islam. Under Islamic law, the penalty for apostasy is death.

Then there is Sudan, a country that has recently chaired the UN Human Rights Council, but has perpetrated the genocide in Darfur.

These are the countries that are sitting in judgement of Israel and complaining about defamation of religion (their own).

What does it say about the Western nations that are attending this travesty? Of course, they will tell you that only by attending can they lend a moderating voice to the madness. That is a cop-out. What they are doing is giving legitimacy to this disgraceful gathering. The UK and France are there because they are afraid of upsetting their Muslim minorities, who are liable to riot in the streets-or worse. Special mention and praise has to go to Germany, a nation with its unique history, that makes it a point to stand up for decency.

The larger issue is what this says about the UN, a corrupt and inefficient organization that is been taken over by the Middle Eastern states. At the UN, anti-Semitism reigns supreme, terrorism is swept under the rug, and the US is used as both a whipping-boy and cash cow. The time has long passed for the decent nations of the world-the democracies-to walk away from the UN and establish a new international organization that stands for something decent.


Anonymous said...

Following your own logic, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for attending events critical of Israel in the past, and in the future. Aren't you just giving those events legitimacy? Hmm?

Findalis said...

Ironic or planned that way. Ahmadinejad was the keynote speaker.

Needless to say the only thing that will come out of this will be more anti-Semitism.

Gary Fouse said...


Your question is valid. What you are asking is why I make it a point to go to these university hate fests and challenge the speakers, but write that civilized, free nations should not even attend the UN racism conference.

Good point, but I would submit to you that there is a vast difference between university events and UN conferences. First of all, in the universities, you have young minds being formed and influenced in different directions by hate-mongers who should be exposed. UCI, UCLA and UCSC, for example, provide hate-mongers a platform but will not speak out, so I have to. At the UN, that is not the case. You have mostly middle-aged govt delegates attending an event that a responsible world organization has no business holding.

Even if the purpose of the conference were to fight racism, all forms of racism have to be addressed. Secondly, I feel this is not a subject that an international body can really deal with. It should be addressed nationally/locally without political influence. What is the UN-or should I say the Arab world trying to accomplish here? They want to isolate the Jewish state of Israel-which they oppose because it is not Muslim-it is Jewish-in the Middle East. That is racism. Then they want to make it an international crime to "defame" Islam. For example, it would enable them to have international arrest warrants issued for people like Geert Wilders and Lionheart.

I assume you feel the delegates should attend and vote against these resolutions. I respect that opinion, but I just don't think that we should legitamize this conference. When I go to an MSU event and challenge Malik Ali or Norman Finklestein, hopefully, I can get one or two of those young people thinking, "he has a point. Maybe Ali/Finklestein is wrong".

I don't think that can be achieved at the UN.

Reut R. Cohen said...

Interesting post, Gary. Thank you.

The Israeli PM sent a personal thank you to each country that boycotted the conference on grounds that it would be another bigoted hate-fest similar to Durban II.