Finland Iran UN


Though Anne Bayefsky’s article in the National Review was published on the 9th of this month, news that the UN reelects Iran as a Vice-Chairman of the UN Disarmament Commission is still a ground breaking news story here in Finland. So to the Finnish readership of this blog I apologize for not posting on this earlier, to everyone else, sorry for posting somewhat “old news.”

It doesn’t surprise me that the news of Iran getting a Vice-Chairmanship of the UN Disarmement Commission –while it’s currently in defiance of the UN Security Council– has not been reported on in the Finnish media. Here in the land of the midnight sun, the UN enjoys a “holy cow status” that is deeply embedded into the subconsciousness of Finnish society, and reason why every political party –from the far Left to the Right– pays their allegiance to it.

You ‘ll be hard pressed to find any Finnish newspaper being highly critical of that international organization at Turtle Bay, talk about a subject being taboo, the UN is to Finland what the Vatican is to Italy. By way of the Rosett Report, I found out that the UN is still up to its old tricks, which means relegating reform to being an illusion if not a also a dirty six letter word.

Rosett links to an article by Anne Bayefsky, who correctly criticizes the UN in the following way:

“On April 9, 2007 there was a United Nations believe-it-or-not moment extraordinaire. At the same time that Iran’s President Ahmadinejad declared his country was now capable of industrial-scale uranium enrichment, the U.N. reelected Iran as a vice chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Commission. Yes Ripley, the very U.N. body charged with promoting nuclear nonproliferation installed in a senior position the state that the Security Council recently declared violated its nonproliferation resolutions.

So in Iran at the Natanz nuclear facility Ahmadinejad gloated: “With great pride, I announce as of today our dear country is among the countries of the world that produces nuclear fuel on an industrial scale.” And in New York, courtesy of his U.N. platform, Iranian Disarmament Vice-Chairman Seyed Mohammad Ali Robatjazi railed against “noncompliance with the NPT [nuclear nonproliferation treaty] by the United States” and “the Zionist lobby.”

It took the U.N. a mere five days to rehabilitate Iran after the British kidnap victims made it home alive. Just the night before on April 8, Faye Turney, the only female victim, revealed her Iranian abductors stripped her to her underwear, caged her in a tiny, freezing cell, and subjected her to mental torture such as leading her to believe that her death was imminent.But while this was actually happening to Faye Turney, Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba of Mexico, the president of the U.N.’s lead human-rights bodythe U.N. Human Rights Council — was making this announcement, March 26, 2006:

I would like to make the following statement adopted by the Council. One,…the Human Rights Council has in closed meetings examined the human rights situation in…the Islamic Republic of Iran…Two, the Human Rights Council has decided to discontinue the consideration of the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran…Three,…members of the Human Rights Council should make no reference in the public debate to the confidential decisions and material concerning [the Islamic Republic of Iran]…”

After reading Alfonso De Alba’s words, the only word that comes to my mind is “Orwellian”. More here *L* KGS

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