Believe it or not, UN Human Rights Council might not condemn Qaddafi tomorrow

posted at 10:21 pm on February 24, 2011 by Allahpundit

You might think this would be the easiest of easy calls, but when you populate an ostensibly neutral international body with self-interested governments — many of them as ruthless and cretinous as Qaddafi’s — you’re bound to get perverse results. Why would China, say, take a stand for human rights in Libya when it’s cracking heads back home? In practice, these moronic UN agencies do more for fascist regimes by providing them with a little moral legitimacy by association than they do for dissidents trying to survive under those regimes.

Which is precisely why you should be root-root-rooting hard tomorrow for this loathsome body to give Qaddafi a complete and total pass. Believe it or not, there are still people in the world who take the UN’s “human rights” apparatus seriously. A great good many of them will have their minds changed if, after a week of headlines about Libyan protesters being killed with heavy weaponry, the HRC punts. If Qaddafi’s going down in Tripoli, here’s hoping he takes this ridiculous outfit with him.

The U.S. delegation to the United Nations is looking to win tough language against Libya by the U.N. Human Rights Council, as the body prepares for what may be its most critical test since President Obama reversed U.S. policy in 2009 and joined the controversial panel…

Member countries of the Human Rights Council are currently mulling over a draft resolution circulated on Wednesday that calls for an immediate end to hostilities in Libya and the launch of an investigation that would determine who should be held accountable for the bloodshed in the North African nation…

Neuer said the Human Rights Council could nudge the General Assembly in that direction [of removing Libya from the HRC] with a strong statement on Friday. He expressed satisfaction with the draft resolution, though he was disappointed by language that referenced human rights violations “in Libya.”

“It should condemn the government and make clear the violations are by the government,” Neuer said.

That’s from Fox News, but lest our lefty readers think there’s an agenda here, Reuters was already wondering yesterday what sort of draft they’ll pass and even whether they’ll pass a draft at all. People are being strafed by fighter jets, and it’s actually in doubt whether the UN Human Rights Council will say anything about it. Dwell on that for a few seconds.

The only sign of a break in the normally solid bloc of Islamic, African and Asian states which — with Russian, Chinese and Cuban support — effectively controls the Council came with Jordan, Qatar, Senegal and the Maldives backing the draft.

But diplomats said this would not be enough to prevent the majority — who work to shield each other from public criticism on their rights performance — from blocking any meaningful action by the Council.

Plain and simple here: If the Council can’t pass a draft tomorrow that condemns Qaddafi’s regime specifically for the killing — not “we regret the killings in Libya” or whatever, but Mad Dog Must Stop — the U.S. should resign on the spot. There’s no earthly reason to remain. At best we’re tarnished by the continuing association, at worst we’re willfully enabling scum like the Castro brothers by legitimizing this stupid “human rights” credential they have. If the HRC can’t act here, it’s effectively defunct. Walk away.


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what next, the president of the United States refusing to condemn Quaddafi by name?

rob verdi on February 24, 2011 at 10:24 PM

oh wait…

rob verdi on February 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

the U.S. should resign on the spot.

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Never happen. Who are we to ‘judge’ another country’s culture?

LincolntheHun on February 24, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Obama won’t resign us from the UNHRC. Guaranteed. He hasn’t done anything since the Arab world started flaming up back in December. He’s Mr. Dither.

Red Cloud on February 24, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Here’s a scathing, though not entirely fair comment:

Hey, Republican insiders! This is exactly what you are making yourself out to be if you’re not willing to fight the fight you were elected for!

You become as worthless and useful as the HRC.

catmman on February 24, 2011 at 10:26 PM

At best we’re tarnished by the continuing association, at worst we’re willfully enabling scum like the Castro brothers by legitimizing this stupid “human rights” credential they have.

Like that isn’t a goal of the american left.

rob verdi on February 24, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I was waiting for a real blog to get on this fiasco.

flipflop on February 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

We should evict the UN and confiscate the property and put it to better use.

chemman on February 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

chemman on February 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

Like a parking lot.

Left Coast Right Mind on February 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM

the U.S. should resign on the spot. There’s no earthly reason to remain. At best we’re tarnished by the continuing association, at worst we’re willfully enabling scum like the Castro brothers by legitimizing this stupid “human rights” credential they have. If the HRC can’t act here, it’s effectively defunct. Walk away.

Won’t happen. Obama is as wobbly as the HRC.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I am shocked that seemingly everyone on this site wants Gaddahfi gone. The policy of all Western nations should be support the status quo. No one seems to have a handle on what’s going on but everyone wants change. Have we learned nothing with the election of Barack Hussein Obama?

wiseprince on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 PM

We should evict the UN and confiscate the property and put it to better use.

chemman on February 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

I’m thinking Donald Trump could put up some fabulous apartment towers and we could just forget there ever was a waste called the UN

clnurnberg on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Oh no! Without the UN acting on this, there is no hope for the planet. Save us, UN!

mankai on February 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Purging Unions today…….UN’s tommorrow

Rovin on February 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM

“— the U.S. should resign on the spot. There’s no earthly reason to remain.”

I guess you missed Obowma’s talking points.

/

Seven Percent Solution on February 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM

How many Americans, including PBHO, wouldn’t even think of walking away from the HRC because they believe the U.S. is responsible for most of the world’s ills.

How many of those same people have wet dreams about the UN controlling America’s economy, military, and society?

Bishop on February 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Won’t happen. Obama is as wobbly as the HRC.

Schadenfreude on February 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM

I think Hillary would be much tougher… oh, that HRC.

mankai on February 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM

I am shocked that seemingly everyone on this site wants Gaddahfi gone. The policy of all Western nations should be support the status quo. No one seems to have a handle on what’s going on but everyone wants change. Have we learned nothing with the election of Barack Hussein Obama?

The one exception may be Iran but that is because there is a strategic policy that has been well thought out over many years regarding Iran (or one would hope). Make no mistake about it, Friendlies are not controlling the reshaping of the east

wiseprince on February 24, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Defund the U.N.

SouthernGent on February 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM

I’m thinking Donald Trump could put up some fabulous apartment towers and we could just forget there ever was a waste called the UN

clnurnberg on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 PM

The Donald has been screaming for years to evict the UN because he wants that property. Supposedly the building in really bad shape and needs repairs up the wazoo.

Knucklehead on February 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Believe it or not, UN Human Rights Council might not condemn Qaddafi tomorrow

I believe it.

pugwriter on February 24, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Get this: Two of the options that the US is weighing in re to Libya is to freeze its assets and to impose travel restrictions there. Our government cannot even get its people out. Who would want to go in…other than Code Pink, Ayers and Dohrn?

Morons.

US out of the UN. UN out of the US. I hear that Libya is a hot spot for setting up shop.

onlineanalyst on February 24, 2011 at 10:43 PM

I’ve got to get one of those hats.

I’d look pretty damn good wearing one while screaming “GOPHERS!” and shooting at Cuban helicopters.

Bishop on February 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM

We should withdraw from the UN completely and kick them out permanently. They do nothing to help us out in the world and are responsible for some pretty bad human rights violations themselves. Be it Oil for Food to the peace keeping forces raping and killing the very populations they are sent to protect. We should have quit a long time ago, even before Obama!

bluemarlin on February 24, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Well…

… At least we aren’t borrowing money to fund the UN and fund aide to all those 3rd world Dictators.

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on February 24, 2011 at 10:45 PM

And while we are at it, kick the UN out of New York!

Lance Murdock on February 24, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Might as well move the UN to Beijing and let the commies pay the dues and smell the stink.

AZCON on February 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Forget that he’s a deranged despot – This guy should be hanged for heinous hideousness.

That face could gag a maggot. Just sayin’

swede7 on February 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM

The HRC may punt tomorrow, but Obama punted today. He’s upset about the violence? Well so is Qaddafi. Any statement that revolves around such neutral phrases is simply a way of giving the regime a pass. If Qaddafi survives, the first thing he’ll do, after shooting all the protestors that is, is send the WH a thank you note. Here’s a thought, treat Qaddafi as if he was a US ally. At least that way we’d get a strong condemnation out of the White House.

Fred 2 on February 24, 2011 at 10:50 PM

I believe it.

As muh gray headed pappy used to say; “what in the dee-doodly-damn have they ever done for anyone before?”.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on February 24, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I’m thinking Donald Trump could put up some fabulous apartment towers and we could just forget there ever was a waste called the UN

clnurnberg on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 PM

I know someone who is in construction and knows about the state of that building.

He said it should have been condemned and torn down a decade ago.

Rebar on February 24, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I am guessing Reverend Wright has not given his permission to throw Moammar under the bus yet!

bluemarlin on February 24, 2011 at 10:52 PM

What does the UN have to do or don’t do to finally pull funding from them?

jawkneemusic on February 24, 2011 at 10:52 PM

About the only reason to stay is to shoot down all the condemning of Israel.

clement on February 24, 2011 at 10:53 PM

About the only reason to stay is to shoot down all the condemning of Israel.

clement on February 24, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Not this administration they go along with the condemnation

darwin-t on February 24, 2011 at 10:56 PM

I know someone who is in construction and knows about the state of that building.

He said it should have been condemned and torn down a decade ago.

Rebar on February 24, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Which is why we are funding something like a billion in renovations which started a while back, if I am not mistaken.

bluemarlin on February 24, 2011 at 10:56 PM

“we regret that anyone is offended by the killings”

pedestrian on February 24, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Perhaps the UN thugs will find a way to blame the USA?

GFW on February 24, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Tomorrow when it becomes clear that the HRC is going to not only give Qaddafi a pass, but find a way to blame Israeli settlements for the unrest in the Middle East and Africa, our president will don his Nobel Peace Prize Gold Medal and walk up to the podium.

He will give a stirring speech shaming the council, Qaddafi, and tyrants everywhere, for oppressing their people and murdering their suffering citizens who only want to live in freedom and peace. He will promise that the full might and will of the United States will come to bear against those who harm innocents in their mad attempts to stay in power at all costs.

And as the camera pans the crowd of shocked and chastened delegates you will catch a glimpse of Spock wearing a beard in the background.

Lily on February 24, 2011 at 11:24 PM

We should evict the UN and confiscate the property and put it to better use.

chemman on February 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM

This is a great idea, and about 40 years overdue…

Khun Joe on February 24, 2011 at 11:25 PM

Defund the U.N.

SouthernGent on February 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM

This! Shut it down and walk away. The politician that runs on this will get my vote.

d1carter on February 24, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Is Qaddafi Jewish by any chance? That would guarantee condemnation by the UN.

Otherwise, expect the sound of crickets.

iconoclast on February 24, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Perhaps the UN thugs will find a way to blame the USA?

GFW on February 24, 2011 at 11:09 PM

Close, how about global warming? As we all know, the USA is responsible for ‘global warming’….

Spate of Arab Revolutions Probably Caused By Global Warming

It’s from a Bloomberg publication -of course.

slickwillie2001 on February 24, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Whatever is happening in the Middle East — It’s gotta be Bush’s fault.

drfredc on February 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM

The only “human rights” the UNHRC is interested in are those of terrorists, Somali Pirates, convicted cop killers, and other verminous enemies of the United States and freedom in general.

They actually champion depots, thugs, and murderers as long as they are enemies of the United States and liberty.

DeathB4Tyranny on February 25, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Figures, After all, they can’t hate on Israel and Libya – one of them is not Jewish.

OldEnglish on February 25, 2011 at 12:33 AM

The most important reason the U.N.exists is to give nation leaders an excuse to avoid making a decision. Punting something sticky to the U.N. black hole for the traditional dithering diplospeak, is not something elected officials ever want to be without. Dubya came closest.

a capella on February 25, 2011 at 12:44 AM

He’s got magic powers to protect him…

Gohawgs on February 25, 2011 at 4:07 AM

Which way did the Libyan representative on the UNHRC vote?

MJBrutus on February 25, 2011 at 7:06 AM

I am thinking Qaddafi is about due for a Nobel Peace prize.

percysunshine on February 25, 2011 at 7:08 AM

know someone who is in construction and knows about the state of that building.

He said it should have been condemned and torn down a decade ago.

Rebar on February 24, 2011 at 10:51 PM

They seem to be renovating the exterior of it now. Looks like a very expensive job. Qaddafi must be quaking in his boots.

Sharke on February 25, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Defund the UN. Evict it from NYC and convert the UN building to a higher/better use, such as a Walmart.

petefrt on February 25, 2011 at 7:48 AM

I view the UN the same as Lord Curzon, who was British foreign secretary for four years (1919-1923), viewed the League of Nations, calling it “a good joke.”

mossberg500 on February 25, 2011 at 8:01 AM

The UN is a gathering of pygmies and savages whose only goals are to steal your stuff, undermine US objectives and use the platform to stall any meaningful actions against themselves as they rape and pillage their own countries.

Initially it was formed with best intentions but those days have long since left the building.

Alden Pyle on February 25, 2011 at 8:02 AM

A lot of conflicting reports this morning. Reuters quotes a EU diplomat stating the EU is discussing a no fly zone today, then right after France tells AFP that their is no need for NATO to meet about Libya….Then Italy’s forgeign minister says Italy is preparing a ‘military operation’ to rescue stranded workers in the desert.

Sounds like everyone is yakking and nobody is in charge.
Maybe Barry can get his new press secretary, Ferris Bueller, to clarify it for us this morning.

Limerick on February 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Breaking on BBC….Gaddaffyduck troops open fire all across Tripoli.

Limerick on February 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM

It was a good idea to have a central location where the leaders of all the world’s countries could meet to have words with each other openly.

It was a bad idea to try to make a world government out of it — particularly by giving it a budget to do things with.

Count to 10 on February 25, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Forget that he’s a deranged despot – This guy should be hanged for heinous hideousness.

That face could gag a maggot. Just sayin’

swede7 on February 24, 2011 at 10:48 PM

That head in the middle of a corn field will keep crows away. Yep, Colonel can save a corn field!

ProudPalinFan on February 25, 2011 at 9:05 AM

I believe it.

vcferlita on February 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM

A lot of conflicting reports this morning. Reuters quotes a EU diplomat stating the EU is discussing a no fly zone today, then right after France tells AFP that their is no need for NATO to meet about Libya….Then Italy’s forgeign minister says Italy is preparing a ‘military operation’ to rescue stranded workers in the desert.

Sounds like everyone is yakking and nobody is in charge.
Maybe Barry can get his new press secretary, Ferris Bueller, to clarify it for us this morning.

Limerick on February 25, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Simply put, each is for their own. Just like we are. Just name the date, hour and exact location of our lil’ ferry carrying Americans and hope they don’t get hit.

Yes we have hit THAT level.

ProudPalinFan on February 25, 2011 at 9:09 AM

The HRC has to set its priorities -there are more important issues than people getting killed in Libya. Israel still exists. Not only that, there are people in the US without health insurance and radical factions within the state and federal governments who want to keep foreigners from entering the country whenever they want -even proposing to deny such people basic human rights, like a driver’s license!

taznar on February 25, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I’m thinking Donald Trump could put up some fabulous apartment towers and we could just forget there ever was a waste called the UN

clnurnberg on February 24, 2011 at 10:35 PM
The Donald has been screaming for years to evict the UN because he wants that property. Supposedly the building in really bad shape and needs repairs up the wazoo.

Knucklehead on February 24, 2011 at 10:38 PM

It is a chit hole, repairs wise, even the adjoining apartment complexes for UN folks.

Oddly enough – back in the late 90’s, when Trump was building Trump Towers II – the UN complained about THEIR view being disrupted by his construction… of course he won – but the Don wants to own the entire Turtle Bay/Dag Hammerskjold area of midtown east side.

Odie1941 on February 25, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Do I believe it ………………… of course, it is the UN.

SC.Charlie on February 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Well said AP. If we ever leave the U.N., I’m throwing a bash.

Geronimo on February 25, 2011 at 10:37 AM