Nothing about Solfege or Food Riots here. Talk of the U.N. conference on racism here.
I read the news some days, and some days it makes sense, and some days it just throws me off. I have been reading for example a variety of stories about a conference on racism that is going to take place on Monday in Geneva. I wrote about 700 words on said story, when I suddenly realized that the entire tack of the story I had written was in fact completely off base.
Oof and other such statements. What I had written consisted basically of ripping the United Nations a new one for putting together a
conference on Racism that was run ostensibly by anti-Semites. THAT isn’t true,there are problems with the conference but that isn’t it, and the organization that I had directed a large portion of my ire towards, was responsible not for being anti-Semites, but FIGHTING anti-semitism.
I’m still scratching my head a little on this one, and that won’t due. What I do know is that The United States won’t go because there is language in the charter of the conference that is still too one sided and there is also language there that seems to point towards restrictions on freedom of speech. The one sidedness I speak of is in fact anti-Israel, and there was a similar conference 8 years ago that both the United States and Israel walked out on due to an extreme anti-Israel slant. In fact in that first conference the only nation mentioned by name was Israel.
With all the evil perpetrated in the world using race as a backdrop, the ONLY nation to get publicly hung was Israel. That is wrong, and pointed out the extremity of the anti-semitism of the first conference. It is to not be party of a repeat of that, that a number of nations, from Italy, to Canada, The United States, Israel and several other nations have dropped out of the conference.
I am hoping that something positive comes of the conference, the world needs to address the problem that is racism. It would be nice if nations dealt with the people in a fair and equitable manner so that there would be no need for such conference. But with the exit of the United States, and the announcement that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran coming, I highly doubt much good will come of it.
We shall see.
A second Video, a few quotes and I am done.
The video is a second one from UN watch. Tis curious to watch delegates of some of the more oppressive regimes on this planet praise an anti-racism conference.
That’s it for me. Later!
Today’s Nuggets, via wikiquote: Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd. Bertrand Russell
Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity. Hate destroys a man’s sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. Martin Luther King Jr.
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is a part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us. Herman Hesse