From Melanie Phillips:
The UN hosts death and tyranny; Israel hosts life, peace and rock'n'roll
There cannot be a more graphic demonstration of the UN’s bankruptcy and negation of its own ideals than the events of today. It gave a platform to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a man who is an enemy of the civilised world, the Prime Minister of a country which has repeatedly declared its intention to wipe out one of the UN’s own member states and is building the nuclear weaponry to enable it to do so, a country which is the subject of Security Council sanctions because it pursues a nuclear weapons programme and supplies weapons to terrorist organizations. It gave him a platform not only to accuse the Jews of playing an ‘underhanded’ role in the crisis in Georgia, and to reiterate his call for the demise of the ‘Zionist regime’ – ie, Israel — and its replacement by a Palestinian state, but also to accuse the Jews of secretly conspiring to manipulate and dominate the international money markets, a claim which comes straight from the lexicon of Nazi demonology:
The dignity, integrity and rights of the American and European people are being played with by a small but deceitful number of people called Zionists. Although they are a miniscule minority, they have been dominating an important portion of the financial and monetary centers as well as the political decision-making centers of some European countries and the US in a deceitful, complex and furtive manner. It is deeply disastrous to witness that some presidential or premiere nominees in some big countries have to visit these people, take part in their gatherings, swear their allegiance and commitment to their interests in order to attain financial or media support. This means that the great people of America and various nations of Europe need to obey the demands and wishes of a small number of acquisitive and invasive people. These nations are spending their dignity and resources on the crimes and occupations and the threats of the Zionist network against their will.
Classic Jew-hatred straight out of the Nazi lexicon – delivered in the institution which supposedly embodies the protection of freedom against tyranny to which the world committed itself after the Holocaust. Yet here was that body giving a platform to a man who denies that Holocaust and intends to bring about another – and giving him also the opportunity to threaten America that unless it submits to Islam it will be destroyed. And actually applauding him for it.
While America was hosting this obscenity, another man was showing exemplary courage in standing up for sanity and decency. Sir Paul McCartney has arrived in Israel to play there tomorrow in the teeth of threats to his life for doing so (and, dismayingly, threats of disruption by Israeli extremists who seem to think that the way to protest against anti-Israel prejudice in Britain is to target one of its few high-profile and fashionable British friends; is this not also a type of derangement??) The Times reported McCartney saying:
'I was approached by different groups and political bodies who asked me not to come here. I refused. I do what I think and I have many friends who support Israel…I've heard so many great things about Tel Aviv and Israel, but hearing is one thing and experiencing it for yourself is another,’ he said before his departure. ‘We are planning to have a great time and a great evening with the people of Tel Aviv and we can't wait to get out there and rock.’
While the UN boosts the tyranny and the cult of death, it takes a rock star to affirm life and peace.