The truly and deliberately evil men are a very small minority; it is the appeaser who unleashes them on mankind; it is the appeaser’s intellectual abdication that invites them to take over. When a culture’s dominant trend is geared to irrationality, the thugs win over the appeasers. When intellectual leaders fail to foster the best in the mixed, unformed, vacillating character of people at large, the thugs are sure to bring out the worst. When the ablest men turn into cowards, the average men turn into brutes. Ayn Rand
It is impossible, but it is real. Yesterday I posted this: U.N. Elects Iran to Commission on Women's Rights. Today we hear that the US did nothing, said nothing -- our silence, affirmation. The US's tacit approval of the placement of Iran on the Women's commission is concurrent with US policy now? This is no accident. Last year Obama co-sponsored a resolution to restrict free speech. Again I will bang this drum. The President took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. Not only is he not defending it, he is subverting it. This is legally actionable.
As for the UN, the US has as much reason to be there as the dancing
boys have to be at the parties of their devout elders. Both are getting
For those of you who have a hard time explaining to your friends the trouble we are in, or the fact that the White House has been ................ infiltrating, send them this story. Demand that they think.
Thinking is man’s only basic virtue, from which all the others proceed. And his basic vice, the source of all his evils, is that nameless act which all of you practice, but struggle never to admit: the act of blanking out, the willful suspension of one’s consciousness, the refusal to think—not blindness, but the refusal to see; not ignorance, but the refusal to know. It is the act of unfocusing your mind and inducing an inner fog to escape the responsibility of judgment—on the unstated premise that a thing will not exist if only you refuse to identify it, that A will not be A so long as you do not pronounce the verdict “It is.” Ayn Rand
.......the U.S. appears to have missed its chance to object to Iran's selection to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, which was affirmed during a so-called U.N. vote this week.
No gesture of disapproval came during an acclamation vote affirming the Islamic nation's appointment to the 45-nation group.
A senior official with the U.S. Mission to the U.N. told FoxNews.com that "there is no opportunity" to object. "That is not how the procedure works," the official said.
The official said that the United States was powerless to stop the selection because Iran faced no competition -- a scenario that Iran took advantage of in the 2005 election too.
Iran was one of only two nations that put forward candidates to fill two empty seats for the Asian bloc for the 2011-2015 period during a round of "elections" in which no real votes were cast. The other nation was Thailand."Yes, the U.S. government was aware this was a possibility," said the senior official, who requested anonymity because the agency is not publicly commenting on it. "Procedurally, there was no blocking this."
As at most such commissions in the U.N., backroom deals determined who would gain new seats at the women's rights body.
The decision to move to the commission was something of a booby prize for Iran, which the United States lobbied against when Iran sought a seat on the 47-member Human Rights Council. The United States worked with a broad range of other countries "to make it clear to Iran" that it was not going to win a seat on the Human Rights Council.
"We considered that a success," the official said. "But progress takes time in undoing their seat on the women's commission."
Iran has served on the women's commission for successive terms since 1990.
The Obama administration sought a seat on the Human Rights Council last year, reversing the Bush administration's policy to boycott the body to protest the influence of repressive states.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said Friday that U.S. engagement on the council helped prevent Iran from gaining a seat.
"I think it's notable that many countries joined with the United States in making the point to a broad swath of countries around the world that country such as Iran, which had sought a seat on the Human Rights Council in the upcoming election next month and campaigned hard for it, did not merit membership given its human rights record in general, and in particular what has transpired over the course of last year," she said.
Rice didn't comment on Iran's selection to the women's commission.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Right and Oversight, blasted the silence of the U.S. to Iran's selection, saying it is the U.S official position "to be pleasant with gangsters."
"Iran is the best example. This is yet another example of that strategy. It's part of the theory of hug-a-Nazi-make-a-liberal. If you treat gangsters in a pleasant way and watch out for their sensitivity, they'll reform their ways," he told FoxNews.com.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the U.S. should leverage its contributions to the U.N. "to help produce effective, transparent, and accountable U.N. programs which can help women and others around the globe."
"The U.N.'s apologists must have thought that since Iran withdrew, under pressure, from the Human Rights Council race, we would not notice this latest abomination. They were wrong," she said in a written statement.
"That an Iranian regime that shoots and stones women would be 'elected' to a U.N. body supposedly dedicated to women's rights adds a whole new disgusting twist to the ongoing saga of Iran exploiting the U.N," she said.