I’ll Start Taking the UN Seriously when……

You’ve all heard the Glenn Reynolds saying in all it’s iterations:

I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who keep telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.

The same might be said about the UN. I’ll start accepting UN declarations of moral outrage and horror when the UN starts actually declaring real moral outrages and horrors what they are vs just using the terms for Israeli actions.

Here’s the title of the Washington Post story.

    Iraqi Yazidis stranded on isolated mountaintop begin to die of thirst.

Here’s the UN statement on the situation:

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom):

The members of the Security Council condemn the attacks on Sinjar and Tal Afar in Iraq’s Ninewa Province by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and express their deep concern about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis — many of them from vulnerable minority communities, especially Yezidis — displaced by ISIL’s attacks and in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. The members of the Security Council note that these minority communities have lived for hundreds of years in Sinjar and elsewhere in Ninewa Province. Many of these Iraqis have been displaced or forced to flee and seek refuge, while many others have been executed and kidnapped.

The members of the Security Council condemn in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of individuals from minority populations, including Christians, and those who refuse the extremist ideology of ISIL and associated armed groups. The members of the Security Council call upon all of Iraq’s communities to unite to respond, with the support of the international community, to this violent and senseless threat to Iraq’s unity, identity and future.

The members of the Security Council note that the large-scale offensive carried out by ISIL in Iraq and Syria has a trans-border nature and affirm that ISIL poses a threat not only to these countries but to regional peace, security, and stability.

The members of the Security Council recall that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and reaffirm that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, or civilization. The members of the Security Council also remind Member States of their obligation to implement and enforce the targeted financial sanctions, arms embargo and travel ban imposed on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant and associated groups and individuals under the sanctions regime pursuant to resolution 2161 (2014).

The members of the Security Council express their strong support for the statement by the President of the Security Council (S/PRST/2014/14) of 28 July 2014 strongly condemning any engagement in direct or indirect trade in oil from Syria and Iraq involving terrorist groups.

The members of the Security Council further recall that widespread or systematic attacks directed against any civilian populations because of their ethnic background, religion or belief may constitute a crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held accountable. All parties, including ISIL and associated armed groups, must abide by international humanitarian law, including the obligation to protect the civilian population. The members of the Security Council also urge all parties to stop human rights violations and abuses, ensure humanitarian access, and facilitate the delivery of assistance to those fleeing violence.

The members of the Security Council welcome the Government of Iraq’s efforts, in association with local and regional authorities and in cooperation with the United Nations, to address the urgent humanitarian needs of those displaced by the current conflict and to tackle the terrorist threat facing all Iraqis, and call for an intensification of these efforts.

The members of the Security Council further call on all political entities to overcome divisions and work together in an inclusive and urgent political process to strengthen Iraq’s national unity, sovereignty and independence and for Iraq’s leaders to engage, as quickly as possible, to form a Government that represents all segments of the Iraqi population and that contributes to finding a viable and sustainable solution to the country’s current challenges.

And for comparison, one on Israel after they bombed a school holding weapons after warning those in the school that the attack was coming.

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the killing today of at least 10 Palestinian civilians in shelling outside of a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) school in Rafah providing shelter to thousands of civilians. The attack is yet another gross violation of international humanitarian law, which clearly requires protection by both parties of Palestinian civilians, United Nations staff and United Nations premises, among other civilian facilities.

United Nations shelters must be safe zones not combat zones. The Israel Defense Forces have been repeatedly informed of the location of these sites. This attack, along with other breaches of international law, must be swiftly investigated and those responsible held accountable. It is a moral outrage and a criminal act.

The Secretary-General is profoundly dismayed over the appalling escalation of violence and loss of hundreds of Palestinian civilian life since the breach of the humanitarian ceasefire on 1 August. The resurgence in fighting has only exacerbated the man-made humanitarian and health crisis wreaking havoc in Gaza. Restoring calm can be achieved through resumption of the ceasefire and negotiations by the parties in Cairo to address the underlying issues.

The Secretary-General repeats his demand to the parties to immediately end the fighting and return to the path of peace. This madness must stop.

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This is from David Harsanyi regarding an idea by Jonathan Alter at the Daily Beast whereby companies pledge a loyalty oath to the US instead of mingling with other countries to reduce their taxes.

Here is Alter:

That’s because efforts to stop desertion aren’t populist or socialist but nationalist, a much more powerful force in American politics. Unbridled nationalism is a menace; it leads to trade wars and, all too often, real wars. But properly channeled, nationalism and patriotism are matters of the heart that cut to our deepest ideas of who we are.

And here is the QOTD

Ah, properly channeled nationalism. You see, when you do it it’s just a bunch of dangerous jingoist rubbish. When we do it … America!

America!! F%$* yeah

Hamas and the UN

From the Washington Post on a story about the UN run school/refuge center where 16 were killed yesterday:

Israel has said some of the facilities are used by Hamas militants to store rockets that are later fired on civilian populations in Israel. Gunness (of the UN) refused to comment on this, even though the United Nations has said it found rockets hidden on its premises.

And why would Hamas put rockets on UN grounds?
According to Hillary – they’re out of space.
Gaza is small. Where else can they put rockets other than in schools or on UN property? And who in the UN is approving this? That is the secondary culpable person.

Yeah – vote Hillary. doh

Can I Get an Amen?

As the media has co-opted the term Tea Party to mean very bad things, I continue to defend it.

Am very happy to see this post and this book that Glen Reynolds posted today.
Along with the quote from Reihan Salam:

“The Tea Party is not some temporary aberration that will seamlessly blend into the conservative establishment in a few years. It is a real movement and, as America grows more diverse and American politics grows more contentious, it will grow.”

Elections are coming up. Time to start activating again.

Our Esteemed Colorado Senator

Basically thinks he should control everything.

I kid you not. These are the words of an amendment (yes, an amendment to the constitution) he wanted to pass.

To advance the fundamental principle of political equality for all, and to protect the integrity of the legislative and electoral processes, Congress shall have power to regulate the raising and spending of money and in-kind equivalents with respect to federal elections, including through setting limits on –

(1) the amount of contributions to candidates for nomination for election to, or for election to, federal office; and

(2) the amount of funds that may be spent by, in support of, or in opposition to such candidates.

since re-written since that is so over the top.

ht Instapundit who would note…..”we are in the best of hands”

“The Collapsing Obama Doctrine”

By Dick and Liz Cheney.

n one Arab capital, a senior official pulled out a map of Syria and Iraq. Drawing an arc with his finger from Raqqa province in northern Syria to Anbar province in western Iraq, he said, “They will control this territory. Al Qaeda is building safe havens and training camps here. Don’t the Americans care?”

Our president doesn’t seem to. Iraq is at risk of falling to a radical Islamic terror group and Mr. Obama is talking climate change. Terrorists take control of more territory and resources than ever before in history, and he goes golfing. He seems blithely unaware, or indifferent to the fact, that a resurgent al Qaeda presents a clear and present danger to the United States of America.

This was a good article, but rather than place full blame with Obama, I place it with the American people who tire quickly of the latest thing.
This country turned on Bush like he was the devil incarnate for the decisions he made because war was hard.
And now, it’s Obama’s turn. He is quickly turning to hash while doing exactly what “the people” requested of him.

The people chose not to vet him. They chose not to question him. They chose to believe his every word until (maybe) now. And so we have a president who cares more about something, (I don’t know what), than he does about this country. We are treated like mushrooms kept in the dark and then asked to trust the government because we let it be so. Bush was not immune and Obama took it three levels up. Hillary will be worse.

The blame belongs to all of those who not only voted for the man based on nothing, but also to all of those who voted a second time for him based on his horrible first term. If the lying, hiding, word playing, dismissive Hillary Clinton wins the next election the blame will fall on all who voted for her because a) she’s a woman and b) she seems strong.

Politics is a pain in the patooty to try to follow. Real information is tragically hard to come by. People’s “guts” told them to vote for Obama so you can’t trust that even. Good luck out there but we have the government we deserve.


So today in the Washington Post Richard Cohen unilaterally decides that even though the administration has lied about emails, and lied about documentation and lied about who changed what talking points when, and lied about causes and put one man in jail, and no one has been able to pinpoint where the president was, and no one has been pointed out as the person where the security concerns got stuck (though apparently everyone knows it was far, far, far below Hillary), that there is nothing to see here, and all Republicans talk in a mean way.

Seriously, go read it.

Heres’ some snips:

Tuning the car radio some weeks back, I heard the president denounced as a moron. I was shocked. ….But this is the way the president’s opponents talk. It is rude. It is crude. It is disrespectful and it is downright nuts — but it is not limited to radio talkers. It is the lingua franca of the Republican Party……..I know feelings can be strong and reason plays little part in it — faith is faith, after all — and this is the way I see the GOP snits about the Internal Revenue Service and, more pertinent, Benghazi. What are these people talking about?…………..So what is Benghazi? Beats me, I am tempted to say. ………………Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. It will show. . . . It will prove. . . . It will expose. . . . What? What the hell are you talking about?

Dear Mr. Cohen,
Until those on the stand are honest and open with those doing the questioning, the questions will remain. And that, my dear, is why they are having hearings. Will they get to the bottom of it? Probably not, because the whole group lies, but there is a far better chance at getting to the current implied, yet not proven proof with hearings than without.
I’d like the history books to be accurate if you don’t mind.

Knowing and “Knowing”

The Anchoress asks us to pray for Emily Letts, the woman who aborted her baby on youtube. No matter what Emily’s words say, her face says more.
Click on through and add this woman to your prayer chain.
Back in the early 80s I had an abortion that I too, thought would be a “nothing” affair. Well, maybe a little bit more than nothing, but certainly it was what “had” to be done.
The exact moment that he/she was suctioned out, I was empty.
It took awhile to crawl back from that. I suspect others were praying for me, like I’ll do for Emily.