Remember that UN "fact-finding" mission to Syria to determine if chemical weapons were used? The one President Obama is anxiously waiting for? It hasn't started. Instead: "There is no prospect for a resolution to the diplomatic wrangling between Syria and the U.N. Secretariat about its scope and purpose. In the meantime, any scientific evidence of a chemical attack in Aleppo on March 19 is quickly disintegrating into the soil." UN in operation: a finding of fact that chemical weapons were used would be a red line. So let's not find "facts."
The photo of 12-year old Mohammed al Dura cowering behind his father - distributed with the storyline that he was shot dead by Israeli soldiers shortly thereafter - was plastered all over the UN's racist anti-racism Durban conference in 2001. Al Dura became the poster-boy for Palestinian terrorists. Now, "an official Israeli government report has declared...that Mohammed al-Dura...not only did not die but also may never have been shot." The report supports the struggle to expose the hoax by French Jew, Philippe Karsenty. Karsenty has long charged that France 2 television journalist Charles Enderlin created a media lie by broadcasting edited footage of al-Dura's alleged death at the hands of the IDF.
Iran has taken a page out of President Obama's Benghazi playbook. Iranian press has explained the goings-on in Syria this way: "Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes." Fill in the blank: ________ minds think alike.
Iran warns West over Syria Article
The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Russia. The UN press release omits any mention of Russian arm sales to Syria. Instead, the SG was anxious to arrange for more talking - and proceeded to beg the Russians to convene the U.S. - Russia co-sponsored conference on Syria asap. Ban Ki-moon also said "the crisis in Syria is first and foremost on our minds." Which is patently false, as the Israel-fixated UN Human Rights Council will demonstrate when it starts its next session in a week.
A nuclear-armed Iran is almost here. And the UN's top nuclear agency, the IAEA has this to say: "We had intensive discussions today but could not finalize the structured approach document that has been under negotiation for a year and a half now. Our commitment to continue dialogue is unwavering. However, we must recognize that our best efforts have not been successful so far. Therefore, we will continue to try and complete this process. A date for the next meeting has still to be set." And they won the Nobel Peace Prize for keeping us safe.
In Syria, the motto for stopping the bloodshed might be summed up this way: when the going gets tough, the tough hold a conference. That's the latest word from Secretary John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov who are planning the event for some time in June. Neither Assad, nor the opposition, has committed to attend. Meanwhile, the United Nations General Assembly President Vuc Jeremić raised the number of dead on May 15 to "at least 80,000 people, most civilians." Syrian NGOs this week put the figure at more than 94,000. With the Assad regime busy adding to the death toll, and rebels recently releasing a video of one of their own cutting out and then eating the heart of a Syrian soldier, the unfortunate reality is that good guys are few and far between. Cannibalism versus mass murder appears to leave poor President Obama in a quandary not of his own making. But the reality is that it is the President who has repeatedly miscalculated on the Arab "spring" and who early on emboldened President Assad. Americans are genuinely concerned by the horrific human rights violations in Syria but are not interested in installing and promoting one more anti-American and anti-Israel Arab government at their expense. The Obama administration has made a mess of it, in large measure by taking its eye off the Iranian ball. Get serious about Iran and its client states and terror satellites will feel the blow.
In the words of the latest UN press release: the UN General Assembly "took action" on Syria. To be specific, the GA....adopted another resolution. Action, UN-style. And only 107 - of the possible 192 UN member states - even voted in favor of the condemnation.
Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court has opened an examination of the Turkish-backed terror flotilla or the "Mavi Marmara" incident. The examination is in response to a complaint lodged by a Turkish law firm who is acting on behalf of the state of Comoros, where the Mavi Marmara was registered. Israel - acting under direct pressure from President Obama who was with Netanyahu in Israel when the Prime Minister made the call to his Turkish counterpart - apparently was deluded into thinking an apology was the end game. Evidently, the terror-supporting state is just warming up. No word from President Obama on the actions of his Turkish friends.
Israeli air strikes on Syrian weapons destined for Hezbollah in Lebanon highlighted the dangerous build-up in weapons in southern Lebanon, as Iran's proxy Hezbollah rearms and prepares to strike Israel again. The UN response? Send over the head of UN peacekeeping to Lebanon to do a PR tour congratulating UNIFIL forces and the Lebanese Armed Forces for keeping the peace. Said Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous: "I have high admiration for all the military and civilian personnel of UNIFIL." Buried in the UN press release is UNIFIL's job description: "Established in 1978, UNIFIL is tasked with ensuring that the area between the so-called Blue Line – separating Israel and Lebanon – and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets" Ladsous somehow neglected to mention the job not done: thousands of Hezbollah rocket and missile sites, and underground bunkers stockpiled with weapons in the midst of civilian areas, created since 2006 courtesy UN "peacekeepers." This is a cover-up, not neutrality.