Michael Totten

The U.N. Discredits Itself Yet Again

One of my neighbors flies a United Nations flag on his property. He seems to have convinced himself that the U.N. is an embryonic United Federation of Planets, but the real thing looks different.

NEW YORK — Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest.”

Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women,” according to its website.