Amazing? Nah, just …
Amazing? Nah, just business as usual.

The United States has expressed “amazement” at a United Nations invitation to Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe to address a hunger conference in Rome on Monday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

“I find it amazing they’ve invited Mr Mugabe to speak at the 60th anniversary, who in a way has done so much to hurt the hungry, and who has absolutely turned his back on the poor,” said Tony Hall, US ambassador to the UN food agencies in Rome.

“I find it amazing. What can he possibly say to us at the conference, when he has done so much to hurt his own people? Food has been used as a weapon against his own people,” Hall said late on Friday.

This insanity brought to you by the same world body that allowed Libya to chair their Human Rights Commission and pre-war Iraq to preside over their Conference on Disarmament. Folks, the UN isn’t a house with a few broken boards and needing a new paint job; it’s a termite-infested tenement who’s residents can’t (or won’t) tell the difference between a drug dealer and a telephone repairman, and will cheerfully let them both in. The best thing to do is bulldoze the whole contraption and start again, hopefully with a new landlord that has a better respect for the property.

It’s broken. There is no “fixing” it.

(Cross-posted at Stones Cry Out and Blogger News Network. Comments welcome.)

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