Same old U.N.: 'Progress' & tyranny
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 9:05 p.m.
Looking ahead to the new year with much of the same old rhetoric, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in remarks to the General Assembly, did make one point of curious context: To shape the future, Turtle Bay must throw off the “brake on our common progress: the tyranny of the status quo.”
But to which “status quo” is he referring? Is it the tyranny of member nations that thwart liberty and freedom in their countries and abroad?
Or is it the status quo of terrorists, who just days before Mr. Ban's remarks seized a BP gas field in Algeria, resulting in the death of at least 37 foreign workers? This, amid growing concern that al-Qaida and its jihadist affiliates will turn parts of northern and western Africa into regions where no Westerners dare to venture.
Or could conceivably it be the status quo of the U.S., Israel and like-minded, freedom-cherishing nations that haven't rolled over on U.N. diktats or relinquished their sovereignty?
Ban stressed that now is not the time for business as usual. Yet he told The Associated Press that an old standby, a climate-change deal, the holy grail of U.N. wealth-redistribution schemes, is among his top priorities: “I will do my best to mobilize the political will and resources so that the member states can agree to a new legally binding global agreement on climate change.”
Most troubling is that the same science-challenged vision is shared in the second-term agenda of President Barack Obama.
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