Monday, April 20, 2009
Ahmadinejad Prompts Walkout From U.N. Racism Summit
For expecting the world to march to the drum in your head.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prompted a walkout from his speech to a U.N. racism summit on Monday when he accused Israel of racism against the Palestinians.
Seriously, you had to see this coming. When does President Ahmadinejad not make a scene, create dissension or just make a ass of himself?
I mean really?
The conference had already been badly undermined by a boycott by the United States and some of its major allies over concerns that it would be used as a platform for attacks against Israel.
The boycott left Ahmadinejad as the only head of state in attendance, and his speech produced the kind of language that the Western countries and Israel had feared.
Why fear what you already expect out of this nutjob?
Ahmadinejad, who has in the past cast doubt on the Nazi Holocaust, accused Israel of occupying Palestinian territories "on the pretext of Jewish suffering."
Dozens of diplomats in the audience promptly got up and left the hall for the duration of the speech, which coincided with Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day.
"Such outrageous anti-Semitic remarks should have no place in a U.N. anti-racism forum," said British ambassador Peter Gooderham, whose country chose not to send a minister to Geneva.
And French ambassador Jean-Baptiste Mattei said: "It is a pity that Mr Ahmadinejad is trying to take this conference hostage. We are ready for serious discussion but this is beyond what should have been expected."
Eight Western nations including the United States were avoiding the meeting altogether because of fears it would be dominated by what U.S. President Barack Obama called "hypocritical and counterproductive" antagonism toward the Jewish state.
U.S. President Barack Obama, the first African-American leader of the United States, said on Saturday that Washington wanted a "clean start" to engage with the United Nations on the issues to be tackled at the meeting.
Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Italy then announced they would also stay away from the week-long meeting.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged the conference participants on Monday to do all they could to ensure the declaration is adopted at week's end....
So a declaration adopted by racist, that ought to be worth something?
Nope, it will line my bird cage...