UN: Hey, who’s up for a moment of silence to honor a tyrant?
posted at 2:40 pm on December 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey
Via The Right Scoop, here’s a heartwarming story from Turtle Bay that will have you saying “awww.” Or perhaps, “errrr…” The UN General Assembly offered a moment of silence to honor a world leader that passed away this week — and it wasn’t Vaclav Havel:
The 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday observed a minute’s silence to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th General Assembly session, asked the representatives of 193 UN member states attending a plenary session on economic and financial affairs to pay tribute to the late DPRK leader, who died on Dec. 17.
The move was at the request of the DPRK, said the president, and the one-minute silence was observed before the start of the plenary meeting of the General Assembly.
Canada wasn’t the only country to boycott the moment of silence, but the list was pathetically small, if distinguished:
However, representatives of the United States, Japan, South Korea on Thursday boycotted the one-minute silence at the General Assembly, with Britain, France, Germany and other European countries joining them.
Earlier this week, I wrote that the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize should be ashamed that it gave that award to people like Barack Obama, Al Gore, and Yasser Arafat without ever honoring the man who brought down a tyranny without firing a bullet. This is even worse. The UN has repeatedly sanctioned North Korea for its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the DPRK’s record of human rights under Kim Jong-il was among the worst not just of present day but in history.
In case the UN needed a reminder, TRS also has this story from CBN about the DPRK’s gulags under the Kim dynasty, and how they enforce “moments of silence” in Pyongyang:The world doesn’t need moments of silence in dealing with the legacy of Kim Jong-il. It needs moments of truth and clarity. Vaclav Havel knew that; he didn’t bring down Soviet-imposed communist oppression in Czechoslovakia by remaining silent. If anything ever expressed the utter fecklessness and urge to appease dictators at the UN, this shameful display certainly does so.
For a moment of levity rather than silence, my friend Steven Crowder has exclusive video of Kim Jong-il arriving where … we’d pretty much expect: