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UN Racism Conference update -- they're doin' it right

Today, on the 120th anniversary of the birth of Adolf Hitler, the annual World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance opened in Geneva, Switzerland.

Germany, Australia, Israel, Italy, Canada, The Netherlands, Poland, New Zealand, and the United States boycotted the meeting altogether, explaining that the tone of the meeting indicated a preconceived bias toward Israel. Perhaps -- and this is just pure speculation -- the fact that the opening address would be delivered by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was their first clue.

True to form, Ahmadinejad's rambling polemic accused Israel of being the "most cruel and racist regime," and further accused the West of using Israel as a willing tool of oppression against the Palestinian people, "on the pretext of Jewish suffering" during World War Two.

During the speech, delegates from forty additional nations -- most of the rest of the First World -- walked out of the proceedings and left the conference.

During his speech, Ahmadinejad was interrupted by protesters dressed as clowns, who chanted "Shame! Shame!" and "Racist! Racist!", and tossed red clown noses at the Iranian leader as he spoke. Later, a group of 100 protesters from pro-Israeli groups tried to stop Admadinejad from attending a press conference. The protesters explained that they were trying to convey a sense of "the masquerade that this conference represents."

Their efforts were redundant, to say the least.



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Red Noses?!?... (Below threshold)
epador:

Red Noses?!?

Conservatives complain when... (Below threshold)

Conservatives complain when liberals go after conservative speakers with some of the tactics employed against Ahmadinejad.

If we're upset because an invited speaker (for example, Ann Coulter) isn't being allowed to freely speak to the group doing the inviting, shouldn't we condemn the antics used against Ahmadinejad?

Or are we upset only when it is a conservative speaker who is interrupted, that it is ok to interrupt speakers with whom we disagree?

They should have throw SHOE... (Below threshold)

They should have throw SHOES at him. Shoes filled with concrete.

And Steve dear, this "man" is a lot different than Ann Coulter. Last time I checked Ann Coulter hasn't killed thousands of people. Nor has she threatened to kill everyone in out country and several of our allies countries. She doesn't hang gays for being gay, woman for showing ankles and people who get nabbed with a dime bag of weed.

Did you go to the Janine Garafalo school of "intellectualism"? Damn.

I'm very proud that the U.S... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I'm very proud that the U.S. and a number of countries boycotted this event. This wasn't a civil or balanced discussion, but a political conference meant to propel some very unbalanced views about Israel and other issues.

Conservatives complain w... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Conservatives complain when liberals go after conservative speakers with some of the tactics employed against Ahmadinejad...Or are we upset only when it is a conservative speaker who is interrupted, that it is ok to interrupt speakers with whom we disagree?

Absolutely, Steve. I agree with you 100%. Freedom of speech has taken a major hit on our college campuses, places of worship, and governmental forums in the last decades. I am convinced that it is only when all ideas are open to intellectual scrutiny can we arrive at the truth. If the world could hear Ahmadinejad's malarial rants compared to more rational messages, people would choose rightly.

So, I'm glad to hear that you were upset when Ann Coulter was hit with the pie. You were...weren't you?

Unfortunately, the pie miss... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Unfortunately, the pie missed her.

I'm in favour of freedom of speech on college campuses for everyone except Ann Coulter.

Steve: fondness for freedom of expression notwithstanding, no world leader should legitimize Ahmadinejad by listening to him. He's a boob. Columbia University can have whoever they want on their campus to give a speech, and the students can decide whether they want to continue paying tuition. For a citizen whose tax dollars help finance the United Nations, though, I for one am glad that those who represent my nation in the forum refused to give the little sumbitch the time of day.

A boob? The guys a fucking... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

A boob? The guys a fucking street thug.

As for comparing Coulter with this dirt bag, isn't that going just a little bit overboard? Last I heard, Coulter wasn't proposing the elimination of an entire nation because of their religion.

I'm in favour of freedom... (Below threshold)
Clay:

I'm in favour of freedom of speech on college campuses for everyone except Ann Coulter.

I'll just pretend that you're kidding and ask that you not spoil it for me.

Seriously, should we just appoint you and me as the arbiters of what can be presented in a free marketplace of ideas? If not us, then which two? I say that the more Ahmadinejad is allowed to speak the more of an idiot he appears to be. I have no more fear of what Ahmadinejad as to say than I do of Bill "I think religion is a neurological disorder" Maher. In fact, I want more people to listen to the likes of Maher, Hannity, Olbermann, and Coulter. I believe the more people listen to the likes of those populist morons the more their ideas will appear as they are: Ignorant.

Why are you so afraid of Coulter, HB? Because it really does seem that a week can't go by without you disclosing your fixation with her adam's apple.

Hyper's just trying to get ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Hyper's just trying to get your goat. And then take said goat so he and his fellow dhimi's can give it to their wannabe lord, Ahmadinejad to have sex with.

My first thought when readi... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

My first thought when reading this was my own chagrin at the way conservative speakers are treated when invited to speak at our colleges. My second thought was that these people were acting the same way and it's just as foolish and just as wrong.

The strongest statement made there was not rambunctious protesting and throwing toys and pitching fits.

The strongest statement made there was forty nations turning their backs and walking out.

This is the guy, Ahmedinejad - and by extension the Iranian mullahs - we're supposed to be acting more conciliatory toward?

FWIW, I am NOT (note the ca... (Below threshold)

FWIW, I am NOT (note the capital letters) comparing Coulter to, as was aptly said earlier, this dirt bag, I am comparing the situation. If we take the position that Coulter ought to be free to speak before a group that invited her to speak without fear of being assaulted, so too should a group that invites the dirt bag be allowed to hear from said dirt bag without protesters crashing the event.

This almost reminds me of G... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

This almost reminds me of Gaddafi's speech when he called Obama "their brother", except the people in his crowd are just jumping up and down with signs chanting something incomprehensible, like they're not even paying attention to what he's saying. I guess they don't get out much over there.

Don't clown wigs usually suggest distraction? It's not as if the "conventions" are really in Geneva.

hyper - "I'm in favour ... (Below threshold)
marc:

hyper - "I'm in favour of freedom of speech on college campuses for everyone except Ann Coulter."

Nitwitted hater.

So, this conference is basi... (Below threshold)

So, this conference is basically a "hate Israel" fest put on by thugs from some of the most repressive regimes in the world.

So how is this different from normal, everyday UN business?

GarandFan: actually, yeah, ... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

GarandFan: actually, yeah, that's exactly why she got fired from the National Review.

But yes, I think she should be able to speak wherever she wants, but she should expect the odd pie in the face when she refers to half of the country as "traitors" and "cowards"; and suggests that Muslims be converted to Christianity at gunpoint.

I'm not obsessed with her Adam's apple. I'm just impressed that so many conservatives have such admiration for a big-handed, manly-boned, obviously transgendered (or at the very least bi-gendered) person. They're even sticking up for her in this very forum. Glad that there's room enough for those who have genetically fallen through the cracks in the big tent of conservativism.

SCSI, +1 vote for the goat fucking reference. Zing!

"A passionate attach... (Below threshold)
John Anderson:


"A passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification." ~George Washington, ~page 269 of The 5000 Year Leap.


"The nation which indulges toward another habitual hatred or habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interests." ~ George Washington


"Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none." ~ Thomas Jefferson

So, this conference is b... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

So, this conference is basically a "hate Israel" fest put on by thugs from some of the most repressive regimes in the world.

So how is this different from normal, everyday UN business?

1. Red nosed protesters
2. Diplomats get a clue and walk out.

The 5000 Year Leap</... (Below threshold)
Clay:

The 5000 Year Leap

A book that should be read by every American in an effort to eliminate the intellectually-challenged siamese sisters of neo-conservatism and liberalism.

The louder someone complain... (Below threshold)
Conservative:

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For too long, Conservatives have let themselves be defined by the media. Mr. Levin's book recasts what it is to be a proud Conservative, and gives voice to those who are often silent in the face of ideological slander. If you believe in this great country, if you believe in truth and honesty, if you believe in life and principles, if you believe in freedom and patriotism, if you believe that all people are created equal and it is up to the individual to succeed according to their talents and interests, and if you believe in a smaller efficient government, and lower taxes, then this book is for you.

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This book is perfect for the individual who has always "felt" conservative, but couldn't quite explain herself. Mark Levin's "Liberty and Tyranny" begins with an excellent overview of where our country is as a constitutional republic and how we got here. He then states clearly his book's theme and rallying cry -- Conservatives must know the philosophical foundations for the principles they purport to advance in order to defend liberty from the "soft tyranny" of modern liberalism.

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Nice try, Mark Levin. You c... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Nice try, Mark Levin. You couldn't even give your book away to College Republicans.

You couldn't even ... (Below threshold)
You couldn't even give your book away to College Republicans.

It's #1 on Amazon, though. Nice try, indeed.

Easily explained: if you su... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

Easily explained: if you subject yourself to this, akin to a ride on the Event Horizon, you get 1,000 copies to give as gag Christmas presents.




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