United Nations Racism Summit

So; the United Nations decides to hold a summit on Racism and various countries walk out because of the comments from Iran’s Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

But typically, no one, no one single nation is actually acknowledging the Elephant in the room.

For those of you who do not have time to click on the above link, here is a summary of the article:

Quote
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a statement criticizing Ahmadinejad for using the conference “to accuse, divide and even incite.”

Ban said he had spoken to the Iranian president and asked him not to focus on “divisiveness” in his address.

“It is deeply regrettable that my plea to look to the future of unity was not heeded by the Iranian president,” Ban said.

Ahmadinejad’s Comments
During Monday’s speech, Ahmadinejad paused a moment, then continued: “In fact, in compensation for the dire consequences of racism in Europe, they helped bring to power the most cruel and repressive racist regime in Palestine.

“It is all the more regrettable that a number of Western governments and the United States have committed themselves to defend those racist perpetrators of genocide,” he said, echoing Tehran’s official line on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Some Facts
Israel was established in 1948 as a homeland for Jewish people after the Holocaust, on land also claimed by Palestinians.

Ahmadinejad said Zionism, the Jewish national movement, “personifies racism” and accused Zionists of wielding economic and political resources to silence opponents.

The Jewish Response
Speaking at a Holocaust remembrance service in Jerusalem, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Ahmadinejad’s address “constitutes an acceptance of racism, rather than the fight against it.”

“It is hard to fathom why despots such as Hitler the Nazi, Stalin the Bolshevik and Ahmadinejad the Persian chose the Jews as the main target for their hatred, their madness and their violence,” Peres said. “Perhaps they targeted the Jewish people because of its spiritual power – a nation poor in material possessions, but rich in values — for he who is infected with megalomania fears the power of the spirit.”

Europe’s response
A number of European countries had vowed to walk out if Iran’s president made offensive remarks.

“The UK unreservedly condemns Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s offensive and inflammatory comments. Such outrageous, anti-Semitic remarks should have no place in a U.N. anti-racism forum,” said Peter Gooderham, Britain’s envoy to the U.N. in Geneva.

The UN Organisers comments

While rejecting the boycott, Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, urged reporters “not allow this one intervention to mar the conference.

“I prefer to move on,” she said at a news conference after Ahmadinejad’s speech. She also criticized the delegates who walked out during his speech, saying his “unsavory remarks” did not “provide justification for anyone to walk out of the conference.”

Pillay said Sunday that she regrets — and is “shocked” by — the United States’ decision to boycott.

So why is it that no one actually addresses the real reason behind all of this dissent? That no one is addressing the Elephant in the room? – because the real reason, the Elephant? The Elephant is religion!

Interestingly enough, this is the same department of the United Nations that seems to be extending this misplaced sense of non-questioning to entertaining the notion of criticising religion being against human rights.

However, luckily for all of the intelligent, free thinking individuals in the world, there is a response in the works.

The more I think about this the more outraged I become. In short, my view is…

  • Religion is a belief that someone has
  • Religion is not a human and therefore is not entitled to the same rights as a human
  • Further more, Religion (applied equally to all religions) is simply a collection of myths and legends that different groups of society assume as true without questions
  • Trying to censor critisism of religion under the guise of human rights is simple a thinly disguised form of censorship and, infact, a restriction in freedom of speech

If a logical line of questioning is applied to any religion then that religion will not hold up as true. Thus we can see the religious motivation behind the positioning that “belief without question” is a virtue. For if you never question religion, you will never see how full of falsehood it actually is.

Belief without question is not a virtue but a marker of ones lack of ability to think independently and freely. By questioning religion I truly believe that you can remove it.

So now I’ll get back to the UN racism summit.

In one corner we have the Muslims and in the other corner we have the Jews.

If you question/remove religion you can remove those labels and these groups simply become people who are arguing over a place to live.
If you question/remove religion, Israel is no longer a spiritual home of anyone, but simply land.

If you question religion you remove it.

Question religion at the United Nations racism summit and you will find the true motivation behind the dissent.

Religion is driving the racism and xenophobia.

Rid the world of religion and you’re left with open minds that can be logically rationalised with.

More so, you’re a whole lot closer to one peaceful planet!

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How do you deal with North Korea?

Recently, North Korea launched what they claimed was a satellite that reached orbit and then started to broadcast music back to the DPRK. According to the US and Japan, the rocket fell into the sea, did not reach orbit and is not broadcasting anything.

According to North Korea, the launch was for peaceful research purposes.

According to the US and various experts on North Korea, this was a test run for a ballistic missile.

Now the DPRK has asked all of the IAEA representatives to leave and is going to fire up their nuclear reactors again.

Now I think that North Korea and especially that little fat man Kim Jong Il are simply dressed up bullies.

My explanation is thus:
His military is very well fed and one of the largest in the world and yet the country is existing in a mire of poverty, poor education and poor healthcare.

Kim Jong Il has his “Pleasure Brigade” being simply his harem and apparently lives a life filled with all of the luxuries that he desires while the country he leads continues to suffer.

Kim Jon Il is not a leader but a short, fat bully.

Unfortunately, due to the size of his army, invading there like was done with Saddam Hussein is not really an option, given the massive loss of life that would ensure (on all sides).

Neither is fuelling the people to rise up as they are held under his tubby little fist.

Where the other countries need to focus their action is on international sanctions and covert operations.

Sanctions can work but are flawed for two reasons. The first is that Russia and China have veto power on the UN Security Council and they have a vested interest in North Korea continuing to buy their goods. For this, among other reasons I do question the effectiveness of the UN.

The second reason that imposing sanctions is not a good idea is that it’s the people who suffer. Kim Jon Il will continue to life his closeted little life while the people suffer. Banning the materials that the DPRK require to build nuclear weapons has already been done but they continue to research this.

Therefore the majority of gains are going to come from covert operations. These, to my mind should take two paths.

Military covert operations should be based around air strikes or similar designed to take out their nuclear facilities. Diplomacy is not likely to close these down so use of force, as a last resort seems one of the only options left.

Another option is to provide support for a military coup by leaders who would bring a more even keel to the leadership of North Korea. This is ultimately where I think the path will lead us to.

Kim Jong Il will have his heart attack sooner or later and a successor will take over. What the modern world needs to do is be ready to support a leader with experience and knowledge of how to do a good job, rather than the abortion of a job that this tubby, 80s sunglass wearing fatboy is doing at present.

Police: Taliban executes eloping lovers

In yet another example of religion overpowering basic human rights, a couple has been executed in Afghanistan. Simply because one woman did not want to marry a man that she did not like, she has paid for it with her life.

Yet another crime carried out in the name of religion.

What’s more disturbing is that the Afghanistan Government recently made an agreement with the Taliban to implement Sharia law in the Swat Valley. This is the same harsh, Islamic law that will see females robbed of their chance at an education and the same unjust law that flies in the face of basic human rights.

But the one thing that really makes me angry is that no one seems to question the Koran. It is simply accepted as fact in these regions.

Chances are that this is due in no small part to the extreme lack of secular education. After all, when the only education you can receive is a religious one, what else are you to do?

I can only hope that as technology advances and becomes more widely available that the clawed grasp of religion will weaken as free thinking and intellect breaks through the shrouds of myth, legend and fairytale that make up all of the holy books.

And just to help us sleep easy, let’s assume that this will happen before any of these religious nuts get their hands on nuclear weapons! Those hands driven by that kind of intolerance is a truly scary thought!

UNICEF ‘deeply concerned’ about marriage of 8-year-old

As stated in my “About” section, I strongly believe that children should be able to grow up in an environment free from religion, fear and persecution. Somehow I don’t think I would like to live in Saudi Arabia.

This link details how a Saudi judge has refused to annul the marriage of an 8 year old girl to a 47 year old guy. In my opinion this is legalised abuse.

I do not know if the relationship is sexual in nature, being marriage I assume that it is but have been told by defenders of child Marriage that it is not, so will just throw it out there that Paedophilia should be punished without any leniency what-so-ever.

What I do know is that this is typical of the clash of cultures that the technology age brings to our attention. The defenders of these acts call it a cultural tradition which these people are entitled to.

The western world calls this abuse.

Which is right?

In instances like this we need to look at the facts. UNICEF has documented studies that show that child brides suffer from much higher instances of depression than “normal” children.

Further more, following the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, it was discovered that Afghan females had a very high rate of depression and exceedingly low levels of education. These statistics having been brought about by the regime and “system” that was in place at the time.

In response to the scientific studies, the response is “this is what the Koran teaches”. This is our culture.

My thoughts? – Crucifixion used to be our culture but then we got civilised. As our technology advanced and our thinking evolved, we have looked at things differently and have the benefit of hindsight to show that the way we do things now is a much better way for society as a whole.

I say this as a citizen of the western world as it would appear that many Muslim countries have not yet made these advancements in social education and development.

I condemn these acts as the barbarous, uncivilised and backward thinking acts that they are.

Females are not “property” and have the natural rights of freedom which they are being deprived of. That is completely unacceptable and more Governments need to acknowledge the elephant in the room and call this for the backward, uneducated thinking that it is!