You may remember that back in April, the United Nations elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women. No, this was not an April Fool joke, not an article in the Onion, not a blog post from Iowahawk, but real news in the real world.
In other U.N. related news, the Security Council on Friday denounced the sinking of a South Korean ship–but managed to do this without denouncing anyone in particular for having sunk it.
Why do “progressives,” and even many old-line liberals, continue to have such a worshipful attitude toward the U.N.? If you corner one of the latter and press him on this point, he will probably say something along the lines of, “It would be so wonderful if it worked, and people could just talk their problems out instead of fighting.”
This attitude reminds me of the story of the engineer and the mathematician who were trapped at the bottom of a deep, dark well, with absolutely vertical and slippery sides. The engineer was in despair, but the mathematician was cheerful and optimistic.
“How on earth do you think we’re ever going to get out of here?” asked the engineer.
“It’s easy,” responded the mathematician. “Assume a ladder.”
Today’s continuing U.N.-worship seems to me to contain a large element of ladder-assuming.
The WSJ article on the Korean resolution also notes that “More amazing still, the resolution that didn’t bark is being hailed as a deft way to lure North Korea back to the six party talks over its nuclear program. Follow the logic: Since the North wasn’t condemned for doing what everyone knows it did, the North’s leaders might now be appeased enough to return to the nuclear talks they walked out of last year. Sink a ship, and gain new diplomatic respect.”