The reputation of the United Nations has hit new lows in the past decade – the Oil for Food debacle, the peacekeeping scandal in the Congo, the downfall of the dismal Commission on Human Rights (now the increasingly discredited Human Rights Council) – the list is endless. The UN has become a byword for corruption, mismanagement and the appeasement of dictatorial regimes. Following in this rich tradition, the United Nations has decided to send Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to attend the summit of the Nonaligned Movement in Tehran next week, where he will “meet with senior Iranian leaders, including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.” According to The New York Times:
Efforts led by the United States and Israel to isolate Iran suffered a setback on Wednesday when the United Nations announced that Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general, would join officials from 120 countries in Tehran next week for a summit meeting that Iran has trumpeted as a vindication of its defiance and enduring importance in world affairs.
Mr Ban’s decision to attend the meeting of the Nonaligned Movement, announced by his spokesman, Martin Nesirky, came despite objections from both the Americans and Israelis, including a phone call from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
The UN Secretary General is sending completely the wrong signal by hobnobbing with the leadership of a barbaric rogue regime that is hell-bent on acquiring nuclear weapons while threatening to wipe an entire nation off the map. It is also a tyranny that is actively preparing to escalate terrorist attacks against Western targets. As The Telegraph’sCon Coughlin recently reported, “Iran’s Supreme Leader has ordered the country’s Revolutionary Guards to intensify its campaign of terror attacks against the West and its allies in retaliation for supporting the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.”