Claude Cartaginese

The Second UN World Conference on Racism: More of the Same

Posted on April 15 2009 1:33 am
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Despite having claimed for some time that the United States would join allies such as Italy and Canada in boycotting the racist United Nations’ (2nd) World Conference on Racism, to be initiated this month on Hitler’s birthday (April 20), the Obama administration appears to be changing its mind and may attend after all.

As you may recall, American delegates walked out of the first Conference (which was held in Durban, South Africa in 2001) as a gesture of protest over a draft resolution that singled out Israel for criticism and likened Zionism — the movement to establish and maintain a Jewish state — to racism.

For some reason, the Obama administration is under the illusion that this year’s Conference will be much kinder towards Israel and its chief ally, the United States, than the 2001 Conference was. Perhaps the administration expects to reap the rewards of whatever diplomatic inroads it imagines it has made with tyrants like Iran’s terrorism-supporting President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who will be among those in attendence. He is the same President Ahmadinejad who has repeatedly called for Israel’s destruction and has openly expressed — before  cheering mobs chanting “Death to America!” — his burning desire to bring about “a world without America and Zionism.”

And, should the U.S. delegation wish to find others to cozy up to while at the Conference, there will be plenty of opportunities. Besides Ahmadinejad, for instance, the Conference will also feature the Organization of the Islamic Conference, whose ultimate goal is to outlaw, everywhere in the world, any and all criticism of Muslim people, practices, legal codes, and governments — on grounds that such criticisms are, by definition, rooted in “Islamophobia.”

For those of you who are concerned that the Conference will again degenerate into nothing more than a bully pulpit for Islamofascists, fear not: The leaders of  East Timor, Togo, and Montenegro will also be in attendance to lend an air of gravitas to the event. 

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