Attila the Pun
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Handy Tips

Too busy to blog? Easy - just quote Steyn doing his thang (registration required). Today the UN gets a well deserved serve:

And, of course, corrupt organisations rarely stop at just one kind. If you don't want to bulk up your pension by skimming the Oil-for-Food programme, don't worry, whatever your bag, the UN can find somewhere that suits - in West Africa, it's Sex-for-Food, with aid workers demanding sexual services from locals as young as four; in Cambodia, it's drug dealing; in Kenya, it's the refugee extortion racket; in the Balkans, sex slaves.

For those of us not blinded by knee jerk anti-Americanism, his next points seems self evident. Sadly, to many, it isnt:

Now how about this? The Third Infantry Division are raping nine-year olds in Ramadi. Ready, set, go! That thundering sound outside your window isn't the new IKEA sale, but the great herd of BBC/CNN/Independent/Guardian/New York Times/Le Monde/Sydney Morning Herald/Irish Times/Cork Examiner reporters stampeding to the Sunni Triangle. Whoa, hold up, lads, it's only hypothetical.

But think about it: the merest glimpse of a freaky West Virginia tramp leading an Abu Ghraib inmate around with girlie knickers on his head was enough to prompt calls for Rumsfeld's resignation, and for Ted Kennedy to charge that Saddam's torture chambers were now open "under new management", and for Robert Fisk to be driven into the kind of orgasmic frenzy unseen since his column on how much he enjoyed being beaten up by an Afghan mob: "Just look at the way US army reservist Lynndie England holds the leash of the naked, bearded Iraqi," wrote Fisk. "No sadistic movie could outdo the damage of this image. In September 2001, the planes smashed into the buildings; today, Lynndie smashes to pieces our entire morality with just one tug on the leash."

Who's straining at the leash here? Down, boy. But, if Lynndie's smashed to pieces our entire morality with just one tug, Bush's Zionist neocons getting it on with Congolese kindergarteners would have the Independent calling for US expulsion from the UN - no, wait, from Planet Earth: slice it off from Maine to Hawaii and use one of those new Euro-Airbuses to drag it out round the back of Uranus.

This is not to suggest that abuse of prisoners by American troops should go unreported, or is somehow okay because the UN does worse. It does point out the breathtaking double standard that is applied to the US vs the rest of the world. If you asked the average person in the street about Abu Ghraib, the vast majority would have seen the pictures, and know the story. But the oil-for-food scam? The systematic sexual abuse of African children by UN troops? If they aren't a blog reader, and most people aren't, then I bet they would give you a blank look.

What is even worse is those that refuse to hear anything bad about the UN. Sure, it allows Sudan to chair the human rights committee, sure, it turns a blind eye to war crimes committed by troops under its command, but the principle of having a UN is so important that things like that must be allowed to slide.

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