April Fool's Already?I woke up this morning to this headline: Libya has been elected to chair the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Here is just a sample of what the State Department's 2001 Human Rights Report had to say about the new champion of human rights:
It gets even better, though. Guess who's being criticized for its conduct during the selection process in Geneva? That's right, the Great Satan. It seems the United States, rather than acquiescing in this abomination, forced a vote of the 53-nation commission, which goes against its genteel tradition of awarding the post by consensus. The tally: 33 in favor, 3 opposed (the US obviously being one of the three), and 17 abstentions. If the United Nations continues on the path it has taken these last , oh, thirty years or so, I see two consequences: The Onion will have to go out of business, simply linking directly to the UN's site and conceding that they can't do better than reality, after all; and the United States will kick the bums out of New York, and take back some prime riverfront real estate in mid-Manhattan.