Jonah Goldberg

A few days later, the invaluable human rights group UN Watch reported that Iran was elected to the U.N. Conference of the Arms Trade Treaty, despite having just been declared guilty -- in a U.N. Security Council report! -- of illegally shipping guns and bombs to Syria.

Speaking of Syria, which is currently violating agreements to not murder its own people, it recently had a big victory at the Human Rights Council. Syria co-sponsored and passed a resolution pushed by Cuba (and supported by the usual Legion of Doom nations) to establish a "Right to Peace." The document is a lot of boilerplate until you get to the part where it says "all peoples and individuals have the right to resist and oppose oppressive colonial, foreign occupation." This is Middle East-speak for "It's OK to blow up Israelis."

Now these are all just recent news items. But you can play this game any time you want because the U.N. always provides fresh hells for us to marvel and laugh at.

For example, the United Nations website tells us that there is something called the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group of the General Assembly on the Integrated and Coordinated Implementation of and Follow-up to the Major United Nations Conferences and Summits in the Economic and Social Fields. Who among us doesn't sleep better knowing the OAHWGGAICIFMUNCSESF is working for us?

Alas, the U.N. website notes, "The Ad Hoc Working Group was last active during the 57th session of the General Assembly in 2003." In other words, the ad hoc open-ended working group is so open-ended it hasn't met in nearly a decade.

But that's the great thing about the U.N.: It never fails to surprise us with its predictability.

I'm beginning to think the U.N.'s defenders are the Don Quixotes, only in reverse. Where the critics see the reality of the ravenous giant, the U.N.'s defenders can only see a harmless windmill converting hot air for the good of all mankind.


Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg is editor-at-large of National Review Online,and the author of the book The Tyranny of Clichés. You can reach him via Twitter @JonahNRO.
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