January 11, 2009

For Me, But Not For Thee

The condemnation of Israel's Gaza operations by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is garden variety anti-Israel U.N Speak, in other words, deplorable but unsurprising, but Edward Olshaker thinks Ban should recuse himself from any role in this issue, given his previous actions and statements. Besides, can a guy from South Korea really get away with calling for the removal of Israel's security barrier, as Ban did in 2007? Olshaker says that's...

...a remarkable instance of chutzpah, considering that Ban's own South Korea is protected by a concrete border wall. In addition, South Korea's wall is supplemented with security measures including a buffer zone blanketed with more than a million land mines, along with 37,000 US troops whose sole purpose is to protect Ban's countrymen from those who might cross the border to harm them.

Another barrier was constructed to protect Ban and his colleagues at the UN headquarters, even though there have been no suicide bombings there. A news brief posted on the UN's own website on May 6, 2004 was headlined, "UN TO UPGRADE SECURITY AT NEW YORK HEADQUARTERS, and informed us, "The United Nations is set to begin a slate of projects - including the construction a new perimeter fence - to bolster safety and security measures at its New York Headquarters."

Considering that one month later the UN General Assembly would vote overwhelmingly to condemn Israel's security barrier, the announcement of their own protective "perimeter fence" would read like an amusing punchline if the subject weren't so tragic.

Related:

Claudia Rosett on the cozy coexistence of Hamas and the UNRWA in the Gaza Strip.

Posted by dan at January 11, 2009 11:21 PM