Roger L. Simon

Life of Brian revisited: US joins UN Human Rights Council

Susan Rice, our new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, explains it this way in the Washington Post: “Those who suffer from abuse and oppression around the world, as well as those who dedicate their lives to advancing human rights, need the [UN Human Rights] council to be balanced and credible.” She said the United States seeks election to the body “because we believe that working from within, we can make the council a more effective forum to promote and protect human rights.”

Slow down, hee-haw, whoa!… Did I just read that correctly? That’s the new, revamped UN Human Rights Council, formerly known as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, we’re joining – the one that still has Cuba and Saudi Arabia as members?![Well, there is a difference. -ed. In both countries, they may jail homosexuals, but in Cuba they at least allow women to drive! You’ve got a point there. Definite improvement.]

In any case, the reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from the Life of Brian: Is it the People’s Front of Judea… or the Judean People’s Front? [At least that was a movie. This is serious.-ed. You’ve got another point there. But let’s play the clip anyway.]

Now that you’ve had a laugh, go to Anne Bayevsky’s column in the NY Daily News to see how this decision is a possible harbinger of the Obama administration going back on its decision not to attend the Durban II conference in Geneva April 20-24. That’s the one that still has an agreed-upon closing statement ratifying the primitive anti-Semitism of the original Durban Conference of 200. Will it finally be expunged? Will the US go, even if it isn’t? Stay tuned. Anne and I will be there in any case, reporting in for PJTV.