Mark Steyn Shares The U.N.’s Recipe for Success

Half a decade or so back, I wrote: “It’s a good basic axiom that if you take a quart of ice-cream and a quart of dog feces and mix ’em together the result will taste more like the latter than the former. That’s the problem with the U.N.”

Absolutely right, if I do say so myself. When you make the free nations and the thug states members of the same club, the danger isn’t that they’ll meet each other half-way but that the free world winds up going three-quarters, seven-eighths of the way.

That’s how it went last Friday when the World Health Organization, ostensibly one of the least nutty operating units of the UN (compared with, say, the Human Rights Council), announced that Robert Mugabe was being appointed a WHO “Goodwill Ambassador”. Mr Mugabe’s idea of “goodwill” is to send his goons round to your farmhouse to announce he’s stealing your land – and, if you’re minded to object, kill your farm workers or wife or kid. When Zimbabwe’s nonagenarian monster goes Goodwill hunting, best not to stand in his path.

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  • mobuyus

    Speaking of dog feces the picture is a prime example.

  • simus1

    Bobby Mu was facing a bit of dissent in the early days of his third world commie style despotic rule of a then properous nation. He summoned world class North Korean torture squads to train his underlings and then supervise a mass toture reign of terror to flush out and eliminate any opposition.
    Not sure he would have that much time to be a goodwill ambassador outside his squalid fiefdom these days. Perhaps it was just some sort of marxist UN inspired little decoration to complete his extensive gift collection of fellow third world looters fakery.

  • There is a reason why China and the former Soviet Union kept the UN running instead of attempting to dispose of it.

  • The UN system is pseudo-democratic, in that in each organization within it each member state has a vote. However, the member states are, most of them, non-democratic – so this is mock democracy. It is okay for all states to have a forum to discuss things, but there should not be fake voting because the non-democratic states are more numerous than the democratic ones.