Monday, February 13

Freedom of expression, Kofi-style

I'm not counting this post as a "Danish Cartoon" post, but as a "the sooner Kofi Annan retires to a life of lucrative directorships the better" post.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Annan (1) criticized the republication of the cartoons (which he is free to do in private--I'm not too keen on it myself--but not as a public figure), (2) sees "no evidence" that Iran or Syria have tried to inflame the situation--five months after the cartoons were published, (3) and supports 57 Islamic nations' attempt "to insert anti-defamation language into an already controversial founding document for a new UN human rights council to replace the discredited Geneva-based UN Human Rights Commission."

The proposed language says that "defamation of religions and prophets is inconsistent with the right to freedom of expression." Because, of course, Iran and Syria have particular expertise with the right to freedom of expression.

The sooner Annan is gone, and the sooner civilized nations realize that the U.N. is institutionally incapable of effecting "human rights" reforms, the better.

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