Oh, lovely: Iran to preside over United Nations arms-control forum later this month

posted at 8:41 pm on May 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Every year, the oh-so-august body of international leaders at the United Nations put on a Conference on Disarmament — “established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community” — which has in the past has produced international treaties on nuclear non-proliferation, chemical-weapons prohibitions, and etcetera.

So… why is it, precisely, that Iran is going to be leading this year’s little disarmament shindig? The WFB reports:

Iran will preside over the United Nations arms control forum this month, despite the fact that it is under U.N. sanctions for illicit nuclear activities and routinely supplies arms to the terrorist organization Hezbollah in violation of international law. …

UN Watch, a Geneva-based watchdog group, blasted the decision to allow Iran to chair the conference.

“This is like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer in a statement. “Iran is an international outlaw state that illegally supplies rockets to Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas, aiding and abetting mass murder and terrorism. To make this rogue regime head of world arms control is simply an outrage. Abusers of international norms should not be the public face of the U.N.” …

Come on. Iran, you might remember, is currently under United Nations sanctions for their refusal to lay off of their sketchy nuclear program, but U.N. officials are saying that it is merely Iran’s turn in the rotation to take charge of the proceedings. Apparently, this is not supposed to be a big deal, because it’s purely a ceremonial/administrative thing… but I don’t happen to see it that way, and fortunately, neither does the U.S. delegation:

Iran, and any nation facing sanctions for its weapons program, should be “barred” from holding formal UN positions, argued Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the US mission at the United Nations. …

The conference is struggling to craft a deal on nuclear disarmament, preventing arms from spreading to outer space and halting the development of other weapons of mass destruction.

Iran’s presidency is “unfortunate and highly inappropriate,” said Pelton. “The United States will not be represented at the ambassadorial level during any meeting presided over by Iran.” …

But she added that “allowing Iran — a country that is in flagrant violation of its obligations under multiple UN Security Council resolutions and to the IAEA board of governors — to hold such a position runs counter to the goals and objectives of the Conference on Disarmament itself,” said the spokeswoman.

Iranian officials, of course, are in high dudgeon about the United States’ announced boycott, and are getting rather defensive about it:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is a founding member of the United Nations,” said Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission. …

“Iran is a State Party to and in full compliance with all major treaties prohibiting the weapons of mass destruction negotiated within this body,” he said. …

“During its presidency, the Islamic Republic of Iran would focus on promoting the goals and objectives of the Conference on Disarmament through according the highest priority to nuclear disarmament and the total elimination of nuclear arsenals of the nuclear-weapon States in an irreversible, transparent and internationally verifiable manner,” Miryousefi said.

Do you suppose he managed to get that out with a straight face?

Good grief. The United Nations never seems to fail to decline on opportunities to prove that it really, truly is an organization for advancing human rights and freedom rather than a weaksauce forum for advancing the prestige and interests of even its most questionable member states. From their grandiose, lecturing, globalist yet completely impotent climate-change conferences to their legitimization of nefarious regimes trying to forcibly cut off access to their people’s freedom of information, why is it that we are devoting more than five billions dollars of taxpayer money this year alone into this extended showcase of mediocrity?


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UN out of US, US out of UN.

Rebar on May 14, 2013 at 8:46 PM

“This is like putting Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter.”

Leave Kermit Gosnell out of this.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 8:46 PM

It’s like having Gosnell babysitting your kids..
It’s like Al Qaeda running security for our Consultants..
It’s like have Barrack Obama Presiding over The United States..

Electrongod on May 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

The three biggest jokes in the world are the Nobel committee,green energy and the U.N.

NeoKong on May 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

I have an idea. Quit the U.N. Charge these flea bags an exhorbitant rent in order to continue to use the building.

justltl on May 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Stop.UN.Funding>now.

Evict.UN.From.USA.

ladyingray on May 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

5 billion!

That is a lot of Whitehouse tours that wouldn’t get cancelled

Ditkaca on May 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Every year, the oh-so-august body of international leaders at the United Nations put on a Conference on Disarmament — “established in 1979 as the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community” — which has in the past has produced international treaties on nuclear non-proliferation, chemical-weapons prohibitions, and etcetera.

Which means that every year since the waning days of the Carter administration a bunch of diplomats have gotten together and accomplished absolutely nothing of value to the world. Declarations that gather dust. Treaties never ratified by the nations of the international community that matter. Etc.

So for 34 years of wasting the world’s time. Congrats or something. That Iran is presiding says all that one needs to know about the UN as an international organization.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 8:52 PM

The UN should move to Oslo.

Jocundus on May 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Aw, come on guys – fair suck o’ the sav! The UN is merely trying to drag the Iranians into the eighth century.

OldEnglish on May 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

why is it that we are devoting more than five billions dollars of taxpayer money this year alone into this extended showcase of mediocrity?

Because when a certain rat-eared coward leaves DC he has higher aspirations. Secretary General of an organization already so corrupt he will be mocked as the Mother Teresa of Turtle Bay.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

The UN should never have existed. It cannot even stand theoretical scrutiny, let alone the twisted, unnatural entity it is in actuality. No one but the dimmest among us would even think that a peerless, competitionless, empowered entity should ever exist. It is an abomination – even in theory, as anyone with even a passing familiarity with evolutionary theory, capitalist theory, or just plain common sense knows.

The UN must be put to sleep. It’s well past time. It came to be in the wake of WWII as a reaction to the great trauma of the war – much like the idiotic name given to WWI in the same traumatic aftermath, as “THE War to End ALL Wars” … again, as if anyone with a brain thought that could possibly be true.

The UN was kept powerless and constrained during the Cold War, as reality kept it from having any real power, but the minute the USSR fell the UN started being truly empowered and took off on its grotesque and destructive growth – as any peerless, competitionless empowered entity is guaranteed to do.

End the UN and shun any idiot who supports it, since such a dolt is too stupid to be taken seriously in public and too dangerous to be allowed any power, at all.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on May 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Who cares? The UN is about as important as a prom committee. So what if they let Iran hire the DJ?

EricW on May 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

The UN should move to Oslo.

Jocundus on May 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I disagree. If not a rotational thing where the diplomats have to make new arrangements every few years, put the UN HQ in a place much closer to where the need is. Yemen or the Sudan comes to mind. They have become far too comfortable in Vienna, Geneva, and New York.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Screw IRAN and all the other Muslim countries who refuse to condemn Islamic terrorism.

TX-96 on May 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

What else would we expect from the UN? And why do we keep funding it, even when GOP is in the WH?

Give us a president and Congress with spine, let them cut off our UN funding for four years, and let’s see what happens.

petefrt on May 14, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Who cares? The UN is about as important as a prom committee. So what if they let Iran hire the DJ?

EricW on May 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I’ve related this story before so, for the regulars, I am not trying to be redundant. When I took a tour of the UN (largely for intrest in the architecture) the propaganda experience was excruciating. Long corridors of displays about mine warfare and hunger- and all the good things the UN does with other organization’s and nations’ money.

We got to a particular point in the tour and were told that we had to stay in the public spaces because the UN is a working organization. My snort was not totally supressed.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Didn’t they also put Syria in charge of the human rights council several years ago?

/That or another totalitarian regime.

AZfederalist on May 14, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Oh, lovely: Iran to preside over United Nations arms-control forum later this month

..so that means JugEars will send flowers?

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

The UN should move to Oslo.

Jocundus on May 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I disagree. If not a rotational thing where the diplomats have to make new arrangements every few years, put the UN HQ in a place much closer to where the need is. Yemen or the Sudan comes to mind. They have become far too comfortable in Vienna, Geneva, and New York.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

…I think Somalia would be a better choice!

KOOLAID2 on May 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

get that un out of the us…

ridiculous

cmsinaz on May 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

They remind me of the cantina scene from Star Wars IV.
“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy”

kurtzz3 on May 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

I’ve related this story before so, for the regulars, I am not trying to be redundant. When I took a tour of the UN (largely for intrest in the architecture) the propaganda experience was excruciating. Long corridors of displays about mine warfare and hunger- and all the good things the UN does with other organization’s and nations’ money…
 
Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

 
The comedy for me was listening to a missionary friend tell about a massive delivery of powdered milk from the UN to poor people in Africa, and how no one bothered to research that well over half (70% or more?) of the natives were lactose intolerant.
 
He said they used it as whitewash. Entire villages were suddenly white. All the nutrition and money wasted because the basics of the people they were “helping” were absolutely foreign to the people making the decisions.
 
You know, now that I think about it, it’s essentially the same mindset as most (D) one-size-fits-all arguments. Peas in a pod, I suppose.

rogerb on May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

You know, now that I think about it, it’s essentially the same mindset as most (D) one-size-fits-all arguments. Peas in a pod, I suppose.

rogerb on May 14, 2013 at 9:29 PM

On one level your story is funny. Lactose intolerant villagers making the best use of what they get from the United Nations.

But here’s the kicker to that. Whoever in the United Nations asked these people, or their governments, or the NGOs what they most needed. It is the kind of paternalism at the heart of any “humanitarian” efforts of the UN that makes me think the whole organization should be disbanded despite the sudden spike in unemployment among the idiot relatives of the world’s dictators.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Move the UN to Zimbabwe.

Manhattan’s brothels and pretentious restaurants hardest hit.

viking01 on May 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Whoa…deja vu all over again.
Must be a glich in the matrix.

justltl on May 14, 2013 at 10:28 PM

The UN has delusions of grandeur.

The proper response to the UN acting in an absurd manner is to start working around or indifferent to it. Hold meetings and conferences outside the UN’s structure. Most diplomacy already happens outside the UN. Its not as if the state department files for a meeting at the UN every time they want to talk to certain allies or even rivals.

The UN has a place in that it allows many nations to interact with each other at once at the same time. But the vast majority of diplomacy doesn’t require that sort of action.

How we underscore the irrelevance of the UN is by simply not using it. Its not that hard. Pick up the phone and talk to country B. Arrange a conference of all the countries you’d care to collect. Do not run it through the UN at all.

Do that enough and UN will have no one listening to them but Wilson the Volleyball.

Karmashock on May 15, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Elsewhere in Dar al-Harb, emboldened Wahhabists were arrested last night probing Boston’s water supply.

CDC has a duty to quarantine and test these perps.

Saudi Arabia: New Virus Spreads

Saudi Arabia has confirmed six new cases of the SARS-like coronavirus in its Eastern Province in recent days, the state news media reported. That added to the previous tally of 24 confirmed cases since the disease was identified last year, in which 15 people died. Health officials said that it seemed likely the new virus could be passed between humans, but only after prolonged, close contact. A virus from the same family caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS, that killed 775 people in 2003.

This is likely either a dry-run (or an actual) bio-terrorism attack.

Terp Mole on May 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

It is the kind of paternalism at the heart of any “humanitarian” efforts of the UN that makes me think the whole organization should be disbanded despite the sudden spike in unemployment among the idiot relatives of the world’s dictators.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

I always get a laugh out of the lacy-pants libtards who sob about the elitist and paternalist attitudes of major European powers. Yeah, how dare a world-spanning empire consider themselves better than a mud-hut village of illiterates where everyone up to the warriors are afraid of the dark and evil spirits under every rock. How dare they impose their legal system on, say, a culture that threw women onto funeral pyres. Totally unfair and racist and wrong.

But, that’s what happens when a good portion of the Western world gets half its history from watching Pocahantas and the other half from jelly-spined indoctrinators who call themselves “professors”.

MelonCollie on May 25, 2013 at 10:44 PM