Kathy Shaidle

UN chief: "We have just four months (…) to secure the future of our planet”

Posted on August 13 2009 12:30 pm
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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Last night Sean Hannity poked fun at the latest environmental doomsday prediction. As Hannity noted, the statement was so overblown, even Al Gore, America’s most famous prophet of doom, might be expected to roll his eyes.

In his address to the Global Environment Forum in South Korea this week, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged delegates to December’s climate change summit in Copenhagen to “seal the deal”:

We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.

Questions arise: if Ki-moon really believed this, wouldn’t he be hunkered down with his loved ones instead of flying first-class from New York to Incheon in a carbon-spewing airliner?

And how did someone as prone to making bizarre statements as “Ban Ki-moon, Super Genius” rise to such an influential position?

This is the same man who condemned the anti-Islamist film Fitna, but stayed silent about the deadly Islamist violence that followed the publication of the so-called “Danish Mohammed cartoons.”

Ki-moon also called the United States a “deadbeat” nation — even though the UN wouldn’t exist without America’s generous financial backing.

Not everyone thinks the demise of “the world’s worst organization” would be a bad thing, of course. Mocking Ki-moon’s doomsday hysteria, the observations of the Telegraph‘s Nile Gardener are difficult to improve upon:

“In reality, the United Nations can’t even maintain its own headquarters, manage its own books and keep its tens of thousands of peacekeepers under control, let alone save the world. The UN is an extraordinarily badly run institution, rife with corruption and mismanagement, that shields some of the most odious tyrants on the face of the earth. Surely it should be focusing on implementing some much-needed management reform, cracking down on rampant corruption within its ranks, and preventing its peacekeeping troops from raping refugees in war-torn places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo and southern Sudan.”

Wish fulfillment? Creature from "The Giant Claw" (1957) bites chunck out of UN building

Wish fulfillment? Creature from "The Giant Claw" (1957) bites chunk out of UN building

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