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Posted by Atilla89 on June 6, 2008

D-Day today. It is the 64th year since Allied troops landed in Normandy, France. For me, this is one of the most important days of the year. I’ve never really cared that much about VE Day or VJ Day, they have always seemed not as important.

I just watched a movie called Windtalkers which actually has nothing to do about D-Day but, everything to do about the Navajo Code that the Americans used in World War 2. It just got me thinking about these guys that go off and leave their girlfriends/wives behind and fight in a war from which they may not return. I really have no idea what must be going through their minds, it must be terrible to realise that you may never see your friends and family again.

I have exams coming up in the next few weeks, so once again there will be a lack of posts, however after that I have a huge break, yay! So expect some political insight (hopefully good) on McCain vs. Obama. McCain for the win!


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The Joys Of The United Nations

Posted by Atilla89 on September 30, 2007

I have always said that the UN is now a redundant and useless organisation that indirectly and sometimes (in my view) directly supports rogue states and states that sponsors terrorism. It’s daughter organisations such as the IAEA and others are toothless and in some cases hinder investigation of Iran’s nuclear weapons. Perhaps my opinion better explained in this piece of writing by Ms. Bayefsky in New York’s The Sun.

The global platform which will be handed today to President Ahmadinejad by the United Nations is not as shocking as first meets the eye. The U.N. and the poster boy for state sponsors of terrorism have a long and cozy relationship — and one that threatens civilization as we know it.

Take, for example, the Iranian president’s single-minded pursuit of nuclear weapons. Over three years ago, the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency found Iran to have violated its Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty obligations. Ever since, the head of the IAEA, Mohammed ElBaradei, an Egyptian, has assigned himself the role of running interference for Iran. He first focused on keeping Iran off the agenda of the Security Council, a delay tactic that worked for a few precious years. When the matter finally got to the Council, ElBaradei railed against sanctions. In January 2007 ElBaradei suggested a “time-out” on the “application of sanctions.” In July 2007 he concocted a deal between the IAEA and Iran “on the modality for resolving the remaining outstanding issues” — double-talk for keeping the development of another Islamic bomb within the family. Two weeks ago he again called for a “time-out” and a cessation of sanctions, breathing whole new meaning into the bored diplomatic concern that the U.N. might “talk us to death.”

Then there is the burgeoning rapprochement between the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, and Mr. Ahmadinejad. Ms. Arbour traveled to Tehran at the beginning of September to attend a “human rights” conference. She settled in to a front row seat to listen to Mr. Ahmadinejad announce: “We are against rule of the non-righteous individuals. … [R]evolutionary Iran aims at global government and a genuine Islamic culture so as to gain a loftier position worldwide.” Iran’s Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki called on conference-goers to “modify” the Universal Declaration of Human Rights because the “Islamic world” wasn’t present when it was drafted. (edit: Are you for real? Does this mean that even though you weren’t there at the signing that you don’t agree with it? Interesting…) Ms. Arbour, at pains not to offend her hosts, called for the promotion of “Universal human rights … in a contextually sensitive way” since “Universality need not be considered in an inflexible and rigid manner.”

Needless to say, her Iranian hosts were thrilled with her visit and the very next day felt sufficiently empowered to give the world a display of the human rights “context” in Tehran — by executing 21 people, many publicly and stringing their bodies up for display. Under the flexible legal code in Iran, people are executed for charges like “enmity against God” or “being corrupt on earth.” A week prior to Ms. Arbour’s visit, the U.N. handed Iran a leadership role on the planning committee of the next global U.N. anti-racism conference — Durban II — notwithstanding that its president has called extermination of six million Jews during World War II “a myth.”

And this isn’t the only U.N. leadership role given Iran. Nuclear proliferator Iran is the vice-chairman of the U.N. Disarmament Commission. Treaty violator Iran is a member of the U.N.’s Wider Appreciation of International Law Advisory Committee.

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