Well, bully for the United Nations. Upon learning that the Qaḏḏāfī (the Czar is beyond trying to transliterate his name) government was mowing down its civilians, they sat right down and wrote an angry letter to the editor. They will truly be surprised when nothing happens as a result of that.
But why not? After all, Libya is a member of the UN Human Rights Council. You cant be seated on that august board without a firm committment and understanding of basic human rights! Right?
So all this talk about mowing down civilians, and calling in air strikes on assembled crowds, and so forth must all be a misunderstanding concocted by Western media. Because a great leader like Qaḏḏāfī certainly would not do such a thing. Yeah, we might let him talk for a couple hours to the General Assembly about baseball and funny stories his uncle Bud told himand oh yeah, Israel killed JFKbut a guy like that is just so…UN.
Of course, you realize this is all sarcasm. Well, most of it is. The UN did, in fact, write a stern press release saying that, as a body designed to prevent exactly this sort of horror among its members, even to the point of military action, they feel this is somewhat wrong.
The UN has absolutely no value anymore. It has become a foul-smelling swamp of corruption and left-wing, anti-American hypocrisy. You know that odor that flies up out of your drains when you realize your plumbing is in serious trouble? That is the United Nations experience.
Let us be clear: while the Obama administration is predictably lost as to what to say or do, the reality is that the United States of America should keep Libya at arms length. The people of Libya need to decide without our help how to shape their own destinies. We certainly have a vested interest in who ultimately takes over, but for right now any meddling on our part is guaranteed to make things worse. We are fooling ourselves if we think the Libyans want our help at this stage; they probably are not thinking about us at all, actually.
So this is where the United Nations is supposed to come in. Generations ago, they would have organized a flotilla of personnel, supplies, and troops to help with the evacuations. On land, on sea: the multi-national forces would protect the people as they fled. Meanwhile, they would use the combined political pressure of the other members to shut down all financial and economic advantages that Qaḏḏāfī might have left.
Today, they write a knock-it-off letter. Maybe later, when that inevitably fails, they will draft up a resolution that they are annoyed. Possibly, they will threaten to come back with unspecified penalties. Or maybe not. After all, it isnt your dads UN, anymore.
Its like the head of a street gang getting a letter from the local high school Latin club to lay off the loud music. Except this Latin club has plans to run the entire world.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.