Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Meanwhile not in Iraq 

The United Nations does its bit for international peace:
"The United Nations said on Tuesday it had intervened to stop Ivory Coast radio and television stations from broadcasting hate messages aimed at French nationals and other foreigners.

" 'Hate messages have given way to calls for return to work and the exercise of restraint,' U.N. chief spokesman Fred Eckhard said. 'National radio and television have been airing peace messages significantly different in tone and content to the ones we have been hearing of late,' Eckhard told reporters.

"A U.N. expert on the prevention of genocide had called on the Ivory Coast authorities on Monday to condemn hate speech and put an immediate end to the messages broadcast on government-run stations, which were reminiscent of the virulent hate broadcasts that helped drive Rwanda's 1994 genocide in which 800,000 people were massacred in 100 days.

"Juan Mendez, a special adviser to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said he was particularly distressed by reports of hate speech spurring attacks on foreigners by armed militants."
I'm sure that the United Nations, having dealt so successfully with anti-French hate speech and propaganda, will now work equally hard to eliminate the violent anti-American rhetoric around the world.

The story adds helpfully:
"Ivory Coast, the world's leading cocoa producer, has been plagued by violence and divided into a government-held south and a rebel-held north since rebels bent on ousting President Laurent Gbagbo seized the north two years ago in a civil war."
Ah, no blood for cocoa.


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