Tuesday, July 05, 2005

One More Reason to Leave the UN

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has announced its intention to push for a permanent "Islamic" seat on the UN Security Council. This is wrong on so many levels it's hard to know where to start. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the OIC, said "The Islamic world, which represents one fifth of total mankind, cannot remain excluded from the activities of the Security Council which assumes a fundamental role in keeping security and peace in the world,"

First of all, if Islamic nations feel excluded, it might be because they represent the most destabilizing force in the world. I don't know about you, but when I think "world security," the first thing that pops to mind is not "those peaceful and security-conscious Islamic states."
If they want to be a part of "security and peace in the world" maybe they could start by closing the terrorist training camps in their own countries, executing terrorists instead of reporters, not teaching religious hatred to their children and policing the dictatorships in their midst.

Second, since when is UN representation and decision-making based on religion? Do conservative Christians get a Security Council seat if Islam does? How about Catholics? What about Mormons? This is supposed to be an organization for nations, not religions. If there are no Islamic states on the Security Council, maybe it says something about countries run by Islam, not about the Security Council.

To me, this is just another reason to put the UN on a ship and send it elsewhere...it is only going to get worse, not better.

Hat Tip to Pamela at Atlas Shrugs.

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