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The UN’s Thank-and-Praise Iran Conference

June 28th, 2013 - 12:37 am

Praised by Germany and Russia, thanked by Switzerland, Syria and, of course, Cuba, Iran recently wrapped up its four-week presidency of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. If the grand finale, on June 21, was little noted by the mainstream press (or, as far as I have been able to discover, not noted at all), perhaps that’s because, as usual with the UN Conference on Disarmament, nothing was decided. With Iran presiding, that’s just as well. One of the very few reports on the Geneva-based proceedings comes from Anne Bayefsky at Human Rights Voices, who notes that “the Conference could not even decide on its ‘programme of work.’”

For those who wish to read about the proceedings in mind-warping detail, the UN press office in Geneva (motto: “The United Nations in the Heart of Europe”) has put out a five-page summary with the thrilling headline, “Conference on Disarmament Unable to Reach Consensus on Draft Programme of Work.” Or (we read these things so you don’t have to) here are some sample excerpts of the 40 members of the Conference debating the question of how they should go about fulfilling the actual mission of the Conference (to end the nuclear arms race, prevent nuclear war, etc.): “China said that the Conference should continue to to try to reach consensus on a programme of work. … Switzerland said the events of the past few days had highlighted that the methods of work of the Conference did not facilitate its work. … Cuba regretted the low level of flexibility… .”

But amid all that hodge-podge of  bureaucratic blather, too many members of the UN Conference on Disarmament did agree on one thing: The thanking and praising of Iran for piloting them through four more weeks of this inane Conference, which meets in the palatial quarters of the UN in Geneva (convenient to fine dining, luxury shopping and private banking, in the heart of Europe). More excerpts from the UN press release:

“Iran attached a great importance to the credibility of the Conference. … Syria thanked Iran. … Pakistan expressed its deep appreciation. … Iraq welcomed the President’s professional approach. … Sri Lanka thanked the President. … Germany thanked the President. … Switzerland thanked the President. … Algeria expressed its appreciation. … Cuba was grateful… .”

The real question here is, why on earth should this gathering be called the UN Conference on Disarmament? Apart from the label and the evidently irrelevant mandate, this UN outfit has nothing to do with disarmament; if anything, it provides yet another layer of diplomatic cover for countries such as Iran to pursue nuclear weapons — while Tehran’s envoys rub elbows with Swiss and German diplomats. This Conference is a relic of the UN’s failed utopian dreams. It consists of a group of countries, including some of the world’s worst despotisms, meeting under UN auspices (Note to Americans: Your tax dollars at work), with the members rotating in alphabetical order through four-week stints as president (thus ensuring that even such despotic proliferators as UN-sanctioned Iran and North Korea get a chance to preside). This past month, it served as the UN’s Thank-and-Praise Iran Conference. Does the world really need that?

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We must guess at the meaning of 'programme of work', a phrase unknown in the real world -- work? agenda? the daily dump? a musical interlude between croissants, the crossword and lunch?

Sounds pretty fancy whatever it is, though the UK spelling with the word Geneva nearby is a sure sign of 'low levels of flexibility' about the bureaucratic right to live opulently on OPM.

Does that poisonous she-who-will-not-be-named-but-very-entitled-chick who took over from the disgusting Ms Rice have anything to say to the American taxpayer?

Quite.
41 weeks ago
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Dear Readers:

A Challenge:

In view of the travesty of Iran being the "Chair" of this U.N. "dis-armament committee", explain why, after the exhaustion leading up to the San Francisco Conference establishing this new bureaucracy, and looking further back to that awful time when:

"....US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first suggested using the name United Nations to refer to the Allies of World War II.[1] Roosevelt suggested the term to Winston Churchill who cited Byron's use of the phrase "united nations" in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, which referred to the Allies at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Franklin Roosevelt adopted the name and the first official use of the term occurred on January 1, 1942 with the Declaration by the United Nations." [..from Captain Google]

.....explain just why the United States continues pumping the majority of the cash required to operate this disgracefully permitted travesty when our new but current unrecognized universal enemy, Muslim encroachment, is permitted to firebomb us apparently at their will?

The present reality of the Nations United against the United States obviously have evolved out of, the literal "issue" of, the former United Nations.

Explain why we in the United States continue to fund them? ...and continue our membership?
41 weeks ago
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[.....explain just why the United States continues pumping the majority of the cash required to operate this disgracefully permitted travesty when our new but current unrecognized universal enemy, Muslim encroachment, is permitted to firebomb us apparently at their will? ]

I have asked that question a thousand times with no sufficient answer...I can only assume our Dear Leaders have masochistic tendencies or receiving a hell of a kickback, because I can come up with nothing else that makes a bit of sense.
41 weeks ago
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Correction next to last sentence: ...read instead, "....obviously has evolved..".
41 weeks ago
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Most are well aware that the UN has become a kleptocracy, regardless that western nations play along with this charade.
HOWEVER, what is most significant is the part played by Obama Inc, even if more circumspect. For if the following is not indicative of what the west faces, most immediately Israel, then there is little more to discuss - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/26/obama-incs-trial-balloons-re-containing-iran-assorted-think-tankssurrogates-have-his-back-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Indeed, the mullahs are in the cat bird's seat and they know it! And with the appointment of rabid anti-American, anti-Israel Samantha Powers at the UN, well, the goose is cooked, so to speak.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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