By Alan Simons
JUNE 25, 2009 – The Washington Post recently asked its readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. One of these words was ‘Beelzebug,’ which is defined as: Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
Personally, I’m more comfortable substituting ‘Iran’ in place of ‘Satan’ and here’s why:
– While media, I should clarify that by saying predominately Western media, have been busy reporting the events of the past two weeks.
– While young Iranians, men, women, children and some clerics, have valiantly demonstrated against their government.
– While Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary-General, has called on Iranian authorities “to respect fundamental civil and political rights, especially the freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and freedom of information,” and was dismayed by the post-election violence, particularly the use of force against civilians.
– While the world has been watching YouTube videos, sent to us by Iranians using Israeli cell phone technology.
– While, according to the BBC, there are signs that the Iranian government is beginning to regain control.
– While the Iranian government’s crises management people do a first-rate job of diverting a plethora of negative comments against President Ahmadinejad by putting the blame solely on the shoulders of the BBC and the British government. (But look towards this being shifted back to the USA as Ahmadinejad regains control).
– While all of this is happening, not one democratic government, not one media news outlet, not one internationally-based NGO, has made any attempt to question, as incredible as it may seem, why Iran chairs the United Nations’ US$9 billion plus ‘flagship’ agency, The United Nations Development Program, (UNDP).
As jewishinfoNews reported this past January, “This is fascinating, especially when one reads that the UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life and help developing countries attract and use aid effectively.”
UNDP state, “In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.
“Key features of the work of UNDP in the area of human rights and human security include: support to the development of national human rights action plans; application of the rights-based approach to programming; assistance for human rights initiatives involving civic education, awareness-raising campaigns, strengthening or creation of ombudsman offices and extension of human rights institutions to the sub-national level.”
To repeat: Iran chairs the UNs flagship agency dealing with human rights and the empowerment of women?
Today, the Islamic Republic of Iran is our ‘Beelzebug.’ Unfortunately, at this time every civilized head of government seems reluctant to find a suitable repellent.
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