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Sunday, December 17, 2006 

Ban Ki-Moon: an improvement at the UN?

It could be that, while I still think the UN is a dinosaur that should be dissolved, there's still some improvement turning up in the person of Ban Ki-Moon, the new secretary-general. If there's something positive he's done so far, it's that he spoke out against Iran's holocaust denial horrors (H/T: Daled Amos):
Incoming United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told Iran on Thursday it was unacceptable to deny that the Holocaust took place or to call for Israel to be wiped off the map.

Ban was responding to a question asked at a news conference about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who since coming to power in August last year has caused an outcry by terming the Holocaust a "myth" and calling Israel a "tumor" in the Middle East.


"Denying historical facts especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust is just not acceptable," Ban said.

"Nor is it acceptable to call for the elimination of states or people," Ban said. "I would like to see this fundamental principle respected in both rhetoric and practice by all the members of the international community."
He still hasn't said anything about Iran's nuclear weapons activities, but the steps he's taken so far are certainly an improvement over Kofi Annan, who made his belated departure by blaming the United States for human rights abuses, yet never seems to have anything to say about the genocide in Rwanda and Darfur, if at all (H/T: Betsy's Page). I hope the investigation into Kofi's involvement in the oil-for-food scandal will be revived. The man must be punished for the atrocities he was involved in.

In other news:

The African Union has spoken about how the Janjaweed militias in Darfur are becoming more monstrous (via Coalition for Darfur).

Kathryn Jean-Lopez interviews Milt Romney on National Review.

Esser Agoroth talks about Nachshon Walls.

The Pensacola New Journal (via Freedom Folks) reports about more illegal aliens causing traffic accidents.

And see also Dr. Sanity's latest Carnival of the Insanities, posted today.

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