Wednesday, September 26, 2007

“I invited you here to tell you that you are a big jerk and I hate you. You are a bad man and everyone should hate you and not listen to what you have to say.”
“There are no homosexuals in Iran”

And thus began the week of ridiculousness. Once a year the United Nations stops being a worthless bunch of bureaucrats in a crumbling building and becomes a circus. I love the circus. Hugo Chavez tells jokes and gets applause like Michael Moore at Cannes. For some reason Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is very important and Fox news guys want to lynch him. What great fun!!!

Meanwhile, real developing stories include monks in Myanmar and Kosovo independence. My money says no to both. If the junta starts slaughtering people, no one would care. Kofi Anan and George Bush and Tony Blair all called Darfur the “G” word, but George Clooney is the only one who still remembers. Myanmar’s increased fuel prices pale in comparison to everything in Zimbabwe, but that is drawing less media attention than OJ Simpson. Kosovo could cause all kinds of problems for nations not interested in having an oppressed minority gain sovereignty. Russia, Turkey, Iran, and little guys like Macedonia and Cyprus can easily recruit a few more against US-Euro backed Kosovo and make it in everyone’s best interest that nothing happens. So much for democracy and freedom and all that.

The circus is what we all want to see though. The UN is pretty much useless when it comes to actually doing anything, but when they open the floor up to the empty rhetoric of charismatic leaders aflush with petrodollars it is the Greatest Show on Earth.


brian said...

you go to burma, 2 months later a revolution, coincidence?? they were happy living in their fascist state and you went to ruin everything. why do you have to be such a hater. they don't want freedom, leave them alone!

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