GENEVA – The United Nations opens its first global racism conference in eight years on Monday with the U.S. and at least six other countries boycotting the event out of concern that Islamic countries will demand that it denounce Israel and ban criticism of Islam.That seems counterproductive. I'm not sure it would take much discussion to go from "denouncing Israel" and "banning criticism of Islam" to simply "denouncing some of Israel's tactics" and "promising to stop all religious discrimination."
The United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Australia, Canada, Israel and Italy decided not to attend. President Barack Obama offered this helpful backhanded comment: "I would love to be involved in a useful conference that addressed continuing issues of racism and discrimination around the globe." I guess a "useful conference" would be one where everyone got on bended knee and agreed to everything the predominantly white countries demanded. That sounds like the post-racial world we've all dreamed about.
Lest you get the wrong ideas, I'm not a supporter of Iran and all the countries like that. They seem like shitholes, and I don't care to live in a country dominated by religion kooks; it's bad enough in the United States. The thing is, though, that countries like Iran have been under the boot heel of countries like the United States for centuries. The imperialism of the western world has had severe - and negative - impacts on the rest of the world. It continues today by the way we funnel money and guns to certain interest groups, or the way we implement embargoes and restrict trade against countries. There is only twisted logic in the way we support some dictators and not others, in the way we ignore some genocide and condemn others, in the way we allow some countries to have nuclear weapons and admonish others who try to do the same. At the end of the day, the only people who suffer are the average Joes and Janes or Haruns and Hajirahs.
It would show a little bit of good faith on our end to actually show up to something like this, even if the other side is a bit testy. There is always a possibility of success unless you never actually show up. It's hard to say we tried when we didn't actually, you know, try.
...unless those smelly Turkish bastards are going. I'll see you in hell, Turkey.