Sunday, February 06, 2005
You just can't match Steyn when he's on the roll. I usually don't do post just to quote from an opinion piece but I'll always make an exception for Mark:
"If Paul Volcker's preliminary report on Oil-for-Food dealt with the organisation's unofficial interests, the UN's other report of the week accurately captured their blithe insouciance to their official one. As you may have noticed, the good people of Darfur have been fortunate enough not to attract the attention of the arrogant cowboy unilateralist Bush and have instead fallen under the care of the Polly Toynbee-Clare Short-approved multilateral compassion set. So, after months of expressing deep concern, grave concern, deep concern over the graves and deep grave concern over whether the graves were deep enough, Kofi Annan managed to persuade the UN to set up a committee to look into what's going on in Darfur. They've just reported back that it's not genocide.(hat tip: Dan Foty).
"That's great news, isn't it? For as yet another Annan-appointed UN committee boldly declared in December: 'Genocide anywhere is a threat to the security of all and should never be tolerated.' So thank goodness this isn't genocide. Instead, it's just 70,000 corpses who all happen to be from the same ethnic group – which means the UN can go on tolerating it until everyone's dead, and Polly and Clare don't have to worry their pretty little heads about it.
"That's the transnational establishment's alternative to Bush and Howard: appoint a committee that agrees on the need to do nothing."