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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Typical of the UN

Publius Pundit has a very interesting observation. Link.
Freedom House does an annual list of the world’s most oppressive regimes. (...) Significantly, six of the eighteen most repressive governments–those of China, Cuba, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Zimbabwe–are members of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), representing nearly 11 percent of the 53-member body.

This is so typical of the UN. One of the organization's greatest weaknesses is its total moral relativism. Every country is considered equal in moral authority, just as it is equal in voting power in the General Assembly. This has caused the UN to lose all moral authority of its own.

It so often sides with murderous dictatorships in disputes with democracies, because, until recently, murderous dictatorships made up a majority of its voting membership. Even though democracy has been spreading throughout the world, these kinds of votes keep passing, because moral relativism keeps spreading among the democracies that now make up a voting majority. Western guilt keeps cultural, academic and political elites siding with the shrinking band of dictatorships because the enemy of their enemy (ie., their own democratic government) is their friend.

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