The General Assembly of the United Nations took the boldest of steps yesterday by adopting a resolution condemning the government of Syria's on-going assault on its citizens. It was the equivalent of an international finger-wagging.
The resolution was adopted by an overwhelming vote of 137 in favor to 12 against with 17 abstentions.
The 12 countries that voted against the resolution were:
Belarus, Bolivia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Ecuador, Iran, Nicaragua, Russia, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
The resolution itself contained no penalty clause. In fact, the LA Times' reporting of the activity said it best:
"Though the resolution has no force, it was seen as an important symbol of where the world stands on Syria."
Or, it can be seen as yet another reason to view the United Nations is an ineffectual, expensive, anachronism.
The U.S. representative to the United Nations said in a statement, "Today, the U.N. General Assembly sent a clear message to the people of Syria: The world is with you."
That's nonsense. The U.N. General Assembly sent that message to the people of Syria while sitting on its collectively fat butt on the East Side of Manhattan as the government of Syria continued to add to its list of horrors which, according to the U.N. includes:
"Killing 5,400 people since the popular uprising began last March. Thousands of people are also believed to be missing, some 70,000 people are internally displaced and 25,000 have fled the country to avoid the violence."
The UN's strong message? "We're witch chu. Say, whose turn is it to host the post-resolution Chardonnay Party?"
On Capitol Hill yesterday a hearing was held in the House Foreign Affairs Committee to look into the status of countries that went through the paroxysms of the "Arab Spring" last year, specifically Egypt.
The President of the International Republican Institute, Lorne Craner, is a true patriot. He testified about Egypt which is refusing to release 19 Americans - some of whom are Craner's employees, others are employees of the National Democratic Institute and Freedom House.
Their crime? Attempting to teach regular Egyptians how to do democracy.
Long-time readers know that I had the honor of participating in this type of activity as far back as 1989 when the Warsaw Pact was breaking down and I spent a good deal of time in Hungary, Romania, and what was then Czechoslovakia.
Craner recounted that just prior to the third round of elections, offices of the IRI, NDI, Freedom House and other organizations were raided by
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