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:


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Anyone with a conscience would have used that time given for silence as an opportunity to applaud his death.

portlandon on December 23, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Why not a moment of silence for his victims ?

William Amos on December 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Disgusting.

KMC1 on December 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Further proof that the UN is a useless organization. We need to defund them from out budget and tell them to take a hike from out country.

Logus on December 23, 2011 at 2:51 PM

I highly approve of this moment of silence. Now can we extend it to last forever.

meci on December 23, 2011 at 2:51 PM

out… our…

you got the drift.

Logus on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

WHY are we members of this organization of tyrants?

Why do US taxpayers subsidize them?

WHY do we tolerate their presence on US soil?

wildcat72 on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Its time to disband the UN. Its benefit is obviously geared toward the Kim Jong Il’s of the world.

Speakup on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

A moment of revulsion would have sufficed.

squint on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

If we had Bolton as our Ambassador, I hope he would have laughed uproariously during the silence.

NaCly dog on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Of course the UN would mourn the loss of this brutal torturer of hundreds of thousands. He’s one of them.

Why are we supporting the UN, paying 40% of their expenses?
Why are we in the UN?

It’s time for a League of Free Nations to take the UN’s place. No dictators allowed.

itsnotaboutme on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Yawn. The UN did the same thing when Arafat kicked the bucket.

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I bet it was a short moment of silence.

Flange on December 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Its time to disband the UN. Its benefit is obviously geared toward the Kim Jong Il’s of the world.

Speakup on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Actually right now the UN is chiefly become an instrument of spreading muslim jihad around the world and whitewashing both jihad and the iranian nuclear weapons program. All funded (mainly) by your tax dollars.

wildcat72 on December 23, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Nowadays, half of the U.N. members – the Muslim ones – would seek a moment of silence for Hitler. The other half of the U.N. members would seek a moment of silence for Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot.

Oh well, at least I can sleep comfortably tonight, knowing that we taxpayers are paying most of the freight for it all.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

And count me in as one of those that wants US out of the UN.

Flange on December 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

…and it wasn’t Vaclav Havel. Of course not. Libs only show respect for brutal, Commie dictators. I hope that our nominees all vow to defund and remove this worthless club from our shores.

Decoski on December 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I highly approve of this moment of silence. Now can we extend it to last forever.

meci on December 23, 2011 at 2:51 PM

They should a observe a moment of silence for all his victims and all the victims of Socialism throughout history.

That’ll keep them quiet.

Chip on December 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

It’s time for a League of Free Nations to take the UN’s place. No dictators allowed.

itsnotaboutme on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Exactly. No member that has an unelected leader allowed. Only CONSTITUTIONAL Republics need apply.

wildcat72 on December 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

This makes me sick

Conservative4Ever on December 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

At least the Crowder video was pretty good this time.

The Rogue Tomato on December 23, 2011 at 2:56 PM

candidates rather

Decoski on December 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM

U.S. out of U.N. – U.N. out of U.S.

They can build their new U.N. in Pyongyang… which is right where they should be.

FlatFoot on December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Ya know, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Obamuh appointed Ambassador to the U.N. actually stood up and bowed his/her head, quite respectfully, in his/her moment of silence.

OhEssYouCowboys on December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

And count me in as one of those that wants US out of the UN.

Flange on December 23, 2011 at 2:54 PM

I agree..:)

Dire Straits on December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

U.S. out of U.N. – U.N. out of U.S.

They can build their new U.N. in Pyongyang… which is right where they should be.

FlatFoot on December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Hear..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on December 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Why do we contribute to and harbor this organization?

The UN should move to the capital of some 3rd-world sh*thole and show what progress they can really do…especially if these ivory tower douchebags that attend these useless meetings had to eat the “local” cuisine.

ManWithNoName on December 23, 2011 at 3:05 PM

this story from CBN about the DPRK’s gulags under the Kim dynasty

Glad to see CBN News’ excellent international reporting here. I don’t really care for Pat Robertson, but he’s built a news team that is better than CBS, NBC, or ABC, IMHO.
I miss the old HotAir Stack Attack reports. Erick is still at CBN News, though.

itsnotaboutme on December 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Disgusting.

KMC1 on December 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

The word of the day.

Fallon on December 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Instead of boycotting the moment of silence, we should’ve brought in party hats and air horns and set them off during it.

TXUS on December 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM

O/T to Ed: Will we have a special thread for Christmas wishes for our fellow Hot Airheads? I can’t remember if there has been one in the past, but it would be nice.

silvernana on December 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM

The UN is despicable.

Cicero43 on December 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM

True liberalism, freedom, liberty, human rights, progress and shame are all indignant.

U.N., Obama and Carter, you are a disgrace to the world!!!

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM

If we had Bolton as our Ambassador, I hope he would have laughed uproariously spoken about Kim’s torturing his people during the silence.

NaCly dog on December 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

FIFY.

Steve Z on December 23, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Disgusting.

KMC1 on December 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

The word of the day.

Fallon on December 23, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Decrepit and cretinous

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2011 at 3:15 PM

“It’s spring all over the world” –God, er Obama

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM

U.S. out of U.N. – U.N. out of U.S.

They can build their new U.N. in Pyongyang… which is right where they should be.

FlatFoot on December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Yep, absolutely. Pyongyang would be good, I’ve always thought Mogadishu would do pretty well too. Then there’s Mecca, no reason it couldn’t be relocated there. Lots of swell places for them to move to.

Oldnuke on December 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Why on earth do we even fund this boon doggle????? For that matter why do they continue to take up such an expensive piece of real estate. Let them take up residence in one of the Countries they rule in favor of all the time or perhaps North Korea might work for them……

Karla1953 on December 23, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Another organization the US needs to kick out of the country, but instead, gives millions of dollars to!

I do hope one day America will wake up and realize the control that Progressives have over all their institutions!

Sparky5253 on December 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Who’s next on the Moment of Silence List, Osama bin Laden?

TXUS on December 23, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Wonder if carter was around to shed a tear for the NK little dead slug? I feel sorry for the citizens of NK, not those in charge.
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letget on December 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Unfund the UN.

DarkCurrent on December 23, 2011 at 3:27 PM

DefUNd

Daemonocracy on December 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Meanwhile, in China

DarkCurrent on December 23, 2011 at 3:28 PM

This outrage takes place on our soil.

mwbri on December 23, 2011 at 3:31 PM

WTF???

time for the UN to leave…i don’t care anymore…

cmsinaz on December 23, 2011 at 3:32 PM

WTF…how many more reasons must the dirtbag nations of the UN provide before the democratic nations cut ties and move on to form a new league.

Let the Irans, Chinas, Syrias, Venezuelas, and Congos of the world stew at their own UN.

Bishop on December 23, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Everyone knows the UN is useless

Flapjackmaka on December 23, 2011 at 3:38 PM

cmsinaz on December 23, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Happy TGIF..:)

PS..Check out the Headlines and see who has a new ad out..I think you are going to like it..:)

Dire Straits on December 23, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Boycott? No way! We should have brought air horns.

ConservativeLA on December 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM

How about the UN holding a perpetual moment of silence for…the UN?

HiJack on December 23, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Dire Straits on December 23, 2011 at 3:40 PM

will do

Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

cmsinaz on December 23, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Why not a moment of silence for his victims ?
William Amos on December 23, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Late to the thread, but that was my first thought after reading the headline.
I’d bet lots of us here had that first thought.

Maybe our UN ambassador could present a motion for a moment of minute of silence for the victims.

listens2glenn on December 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Dire Straits on December 23, 2011 at 3:40 PM

me likey

cmsinaz on December 23, 2011 at 4:04 PM

FlatFoot on December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Hear..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on December 23, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Is there anybody here who opposes this?

listens2glenn on December 23, 2011 at 4:04 PM

here was the moment of silence for Gaddafi? He was about to win praise and a human rights award from the UN before that minor inconvenience of his people rebelling and raping and shooting him to death in a ditch.

smiley on December 23, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Another organization the US needs to kick out of the country, but instead, gives millions billions of dollars to!

Sparky5253 on December 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Fixed.

BallisticBob on December 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM

O/T to Ed: Will we have a special thread for Christmas wishes for our fellow Hot Airheads? I can’t remember if there has been one in the past, but it would be nice.

silvernana on December 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM

And how come there is no Festivus Thread yet?

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

listens2glenn on December 23, 2011 at 4:04 PM

I wasn’t finished, dang it.

Those of you at Hotair.com who would oppose the the U.S. leaving the U.N., AND kicking the U.N. out of the U.S., would you identify yourselves with a show of hands, please?

I TRIPLE DOG DARE YOU! ! ! !

listens2glenn on December 23, 2011 at 4:10 PM

I tried to do the moment of silence but a bean taco fueled tribute slipped out the back door.

docflash on December 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM

moment of silence

The problem isn’t the moment of silence…it’s all the moments of silence at the UN about all the world’s tyrants. Too da*n much silence, in my opinion.

Blaise on December 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Animals and savages. Either they don’t know or don’t care about the horrific oppression that the government of North Korea has waged against its citizens.

Herald of Woe on December 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Animals and savages. Either they don’t know or don’t care about the horrific oppression that the government of North Korea has waged against its citizens.

Herald of Woe on December 23, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I think it is a mixture of countries who bought illegal weapons from NK and an anti-1% mentality similar to OWS.

ZGMF_Freedom on December 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM

What did the Czech Republic do?

An official at the Czech Republic’s U.N. mission said the Czechs did not request a similar moment of silence for Vaclav Havel, the playwright-turned-dissident who died on Sunday.

The former Czech president was the leader of Czechoslovakia’s 1989 “Velvet Revolution,” in which he oversaw the peaceful transition from communism to democracy.

unclesmrgol on December 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM

And how come there is no Festivus Thread yet?

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Ahem. It’s normally a Pole.

unclesmrgol on December 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM

And how come there is no Festivus Thread yet?

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Ahem. It’s normally a Pole.

unclesmrgol on December 23, 2011 at 4:43 PM

“I find tinsel distracting”

Del Dolemonte on December 23, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Moment of silence?

..great time to break wind.

The War Planner on December 23, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I think we should have sent in someone to sing the na-na, hey-hey goodbye song, or whatever it’s called. I would totally pay to see that.

arik1969 on December 23, 2011 at 5:26 PM

The only thing that is a bigger world joke than NK is the UN. Although in the UN’s case the joke is on us!

William Eaton on December 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Were there distinct sounds of champagne corks popping after the moment of silence?

44Magnum on December 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM

North Korea demands that South Korea attends the funeral circus.

Schadenfreude on December 23, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Thought I heard a fart…

Wade on December 23, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Havel deserves more than a moment of respect and honor. Kim only deserved a moment of flatulence

jayhawkingeorgia on December 23, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Yes! For those fellow conservatives at HA, that’s SUN NEWS out of the Great White North of the 49th parallel. They absolutely rock and are driving the leftist loonies bonkers up here in Canada. They are the ONLY right-wing TV news up here and are led by the likes of Ezra Levant, Charles Adler and regular contributor, Mark Steyn.

pos4thst on December 23, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I think a silent treatment for the late Kim Jong-il is appropriate. No words, just a gesture, using one finger.

Bigfoot on December 23, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Truely Unbelievable!

DWoDiego on December 23, 2011 at 7:15 PM

UN feeling So Ronery?

Kenosha Kid on December 23, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I’m surprised they didn’t invite Jimmah to stop by and give a eulogy.

vcferlita on December 23, 2011 at 8:36 PM

UN out of US?

Up Twinkles!

BigAlSouth on December 24, 2011 at 6:52 AM

At what point does an outrage become expected behavior?

Has the “United Nations” ever given a dämn about what it’s supposed to represent? Just add this latest blatant poke in Lady Liberty’s eye and move along, nothing more to see here.
Oh, and move the U.N. to a country that deserves it.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on December 24, 2011 at 7:02 AM

Crowder is funny.

ForTheRepublic on December 24, 2011 at 7:05 AM

Disgusting. Just discusting. I have no other words to describe what the UN did here.

To think that liberals here want the whole world to be run by a comity just like this speaks volumes. Not only do the people in the UN not have any back bone to stand up to guys like this,they almost seem like they are envious that they cant use the same tactics to grow their own power.

watertown on December 24, 2011 at 7:37 AM