Remarkable, historically tragic document: "Condemning ‘offensively anti-Islamic’ video, Ban Ki-moon appeals for calm":
28 March 2008 – Secretary-General today led a chorus of United Nations condemnation of the Internet broadcast of a video made by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, describing it as “offensively anti-Islamic,” while he also called on those upset by the film to remain calm.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson after last night’s airing of the film, entitled Fitna, Mr. Ban said “there is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence. The right of free expression is not at stake here.
“I acknowledge the efforts of the Dutch Government to stop the broadcast of this film and appeal for calm to those understandably offended by it. Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility.”
I saw the 15-minute video, and it is still available if you hunt in the corners of the net. It makes no judgment of its own, but merely presents audio/text of the koran, and presents the 'hate speech' of some who claim it holy, and presents the effects of these haters on others... impolite 9/11 footage of people jumping to their deaths, beheadings of wailing peacemakers, the bodies of the tortured.
Ban Ki-moon and his organization get it precisely, incredibly, and horrifically wrong: the "hate speech and incitement to violence" is only neutrally documented by this video. If you condemn such thoughts and actions, you must condemn the people depicted by the video, not the video itself. He looks at the finger, not the moon.
The film impartially reports current speech, current actions, and the results of those actions. It leaves the judging to the reader. Banning the report will not make the "hate speech or incitement to violence" go away, much less make the actual violence go away. The video is the finger, and putting the hand in the pocket does not affect the moon.
And that bit about "Freedom must always be accompanied by social responsibility". He should be asked if he really thinks its one-way... if he is really saying that the offended islamists are too subhuman to be held to that same standard.
The way to make reporting such as the Fitna video "go away" is to remove the actual news which the video reports. The United Nations needs to condemn the violence, not those who speak against the violence. When the moon goes behind a cloud, the finger stops pointing.
Why does the United Nations do this? I'm betting they're consciously lying in hopes of mobs committing less violence. Me, I think dropping ordnance on a mob or three is demonstrably more effective. Probably the best way to change the UN speech is to march to the Upper East Side with pitchforks and start tearing their own building down. That's the message they're sending.
This is a particularly shameful moment in the sordid history of the high-living staff at the United Nations. They are saying they respect violence, threats, racism and pre-human hatred, and do not respect the lives of its future victims.
Ban Ki-moon, suppose that was your warm head that we saw Zarqawi holding, suppose that was your cry we heard as your throat was severed. Would you wish us to forget you, and to forget about the next victim, the next hundred victims, of such beasts?
The United Nations is not only ineffective against murder and hatred... not only enables murder and hatred... but it's now even defending murder and hatred from exposure and condemnation.
If I lived in New York City, I'd be bringing a portable video player outside their buildings today. The problem must be exposed.