Despots of the world, unite!
rédaction | October 31, 2006 at 03:34 pmby
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Claudia Rosett reports, with her accustomed acerbic disbelief, on the 6th Conference on New and Restored Democracies, sponsored under the auspices of the United Nations Orgainisation in Doha, Qatar.
For starters, the host country, Qatar, which has now taken over the presidency of this conference, is no democracy. Qatar is run by an Emir, and New York-based Freedom House notes that âQataris cannot change their government democratically.â And while the guest list does include some genuine democrats and dissidents, the organizers have also arranged to include officials from a roster of countries where democracy is neither ânewâ nor ârestored,â for the simple reason that there isnât any. Among the countries sending official representatives are Zimbabwe, Cuba, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Togo, Cameroon, Vietnam, and Sudanâ¦ (it almost starts to sound like your average meeting of the UN Human Rights Council. Or for that matter, the UN General Assembly in New Yorkâ¦ so why bother flying everyone to Doha?).
It is worse than ridiculous that the actually existing free nations continue to subsidise the United Nations; the Security Council cannot function, and the General Assembly is governed by a peculiar logic that has its roots in the fact that all too many representatives are more properly called servants of despots than ambassadors of peoples.