…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I was about to ignore the ignominy imposed upon us by the deep seated insecurity of Kevin Rudd but I wouldn’t want anybody to think I approve it.
United Nation Security Council has five permanent members: Putin’s Russia, Obama’s America, Communists’ China, Hollande’s France and Cameron’s Great Britain. How can anybody expect anything sensible from that lot is beyond me. There are ten additional members elected by the General Assembly for two years; five each year.
Unfortunately, this time some malicious countries voted for Australia and thus sentenced an Australian taxpayer to two years of supporting even more bureaucrats and their families in New York, in 2012 the sixth most expensive city (only 14th in 2011). During the voting farce South Africa was replaced by Rwanda, India by Republic of Korea, Colombia by Argentina, Germany by Luxembourg. We replaced Portugal, and are now down there with Azerbaijan, Morocco, Togo, Pakistan and Guatemala. Out of the ten non-permanent members only nuclear-armed Pakistan would be taken seriously.
For the ‘privilege’ of twenty-four months rubbing elbows with such shining examples of the good global citizenship and human rights stalwarts as Azerbaijan, Togo, Rwanda and Pakistan we already paid more than million dollars for each month. We diverted billions in aid to countries not deserving any, in order to secure their vote, all this to assuage Rudd’s inferiority complex and to feed his wife ego. [Fog of Chaos – The Diplomat ]
An aside – Australia spent $24 million – how much has Rwanda spent? 30% of its GNP (US$6.18 billion in 2011) is comprised of foreign aid, some perhaps from Australia.
Unfortunately, this misfortune is our fault, since we voted in Labor government and Kevin Rudd with his public service clerk’s mentality. Oh, how Australia would be better off if not for his wife’s irrational ambitions! Second-rate bureaucrat Rudd would by now, according to the Peter’s principle, be promoted to the chief paper-clip counter at the Department of Foreign Affairs and that would be the extent of the damage.
From Andrew Bolt:
IT’S a wonderful, heart-warming endorsement of Australia as a good local citizen. It’s countries saying: “We like Australia. We think Australia’s role is good and positive and we want to see Australia provide leadership.”
Another good local citizen. The Guardian, Thursday:
RWANDA’S election to the UN Security Council on Thursday was branded a major embarrassment in the wake of a UN report claiming that the country is fuelling a violent uprising in a neighbouring country. The timing of Rwanda’s ascent could hardly be more uncomfortable for the UN Security Council, whose own group of experts has produced a damning report of its support for the rebel M23 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda was last on the council in 1994-95, a period that coincided with the genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus…
… Togo? BBC News Africa June 14:
TOGO has for years been the target of criticism over its human rights record and political governance. Up to 500 people were killed in the political violence (in Togo) surrounding the presidential poll (in 2005) according to the UN. Around 40,000 Togolese fled to neighbouring countries.
… Pakistan? Amnesty International’s website:
AMNESTY International has long been concerned about the persistent pattern of human rights violations occurring in Pakistan. Arbitrary detention, torture, deaths in custody, forced disappearances and extrajudicial execution are rampant. The government of Pakistan has failed to protect individuals, particularly women, religious minorities and children, from violence and other human rights abuses committed in the home, in the community and in legal custody.
… Azerbaijan? Human Rights Watch’s current report:
THE government cracked down on all forms of public protest, at times violently, and imprisoned activists on politically motivated charges. The atmosphere for journalists is hostile, and government officials continue to initiate criminal and civil libel cases against journalists.
Complete article here. Also interesting Piers Akerman – Huge price to sit level with Rwanda