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The UN is not guilty of genocide

An outraged reaction to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rambling, anti-Semitic, and, well, outrageous tirade before the United Nations is to be expected, particularly when coming from the likely future leader of the country that Ahmadinejad blames for all the world’s ills.  But attacking the UN with equal vigor for “allowing” the Iranian leader to speak in New York seems rather off target — particularly when accusing the world body of abrogating its pledge against genocide.

New Kadima leader and future Prime Minister of the Jewish nation-state Tzipi Livni even went so far as to say that the UN’s vow “never again” to let something like the holocaust happen is “absurd” in light of its decision to let Ahmadinejad speak.

“Ahmadinejad’s speech makes the situation absurd for an organization that raised the banner of ‘Never Again’ upon its establishment,” said Livni who’s at this moment Israel’s foreign minister.

Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be “wiped off the map,” yes.  That statement could be interpreted, with only a little excess anxiety, as evident incitement to “something like the holocaust.”  But the United Nations is not Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and “giving Ahmadinejad a platform” — as the inaccurate formulation of the UN’s role in this fracas often describes it — is not tantamount to allowing genocide.

The phrase “never again” may have fallen by the wayside of Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur, but it is not lying dead outside Dag Hammerskjold Place after Ahmadinejad’s speech.  To accuse otherwise is to abandon the seriousness with which that pledge should be taken.

September 25, 2008 - Posted by | UN

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