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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Thou Shalt Not Insult

An anti-Israel brain trust also known as the United Nations is now selling the idea that its member states should reinstate blasphemy laws (in case they ever went away in the first place which is not the case in Finland). Contrary to some slightly exaggerated reactions here, this short analysis suggests that this thing probably won't affect a thing for now, but the whole thing just goes to show how useless an organization the UN is: it is essentially a charitable organization ("Keeping the World's Poor Poor").

But countries have lately become more sympathetic to the view that religious feelings should not be hurt. If the amount of Muslims in European countries keeps growing the political pressure to adopt strict anti-defamation laws grows as well. We already have left-wingies persecuting individuals such as Geert Wilders for daring to criticize Islam for being a fascist ideology. Wilders has an idea:

I propose the withdrawal of all hate speech legislation in Europe....In Europe, we should defend freedom of speech like Americans do....Millions think liberty is precious. That democracy is better than Shariah....there is no stronger power than the force of free men fighting for the great cause of liberty.

The UN is not even a western organization so why should we pay any attention to what it is saying? It's a forum where crap countries are worth just as much as civilized countries. There is no reason for it to exist. John McCain's idea (originally proposed by Robert Kagan) of a League of Democracies sounds much better, though its main purpose would be to counter the threat of notable authoritarian states such as Russia or China, not to counter the threat of Islamist fascism. The bottom line is that western nations should not belong to any organization where they're worth just as much as, say, Jordan.

Visiting at the UN, Ali G asks the right question: "With full respect, why do you give crap countries a vote?"


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