Banner week for Turtle Bay. When they’re not giving a forum to Holocaust deniers and calls for a Judenrein Palestine, the blue helmets are busy with good works. h/t John Derbyshire (from this week’s Radio Derb, transcript here).
Let me preface this segment with my usual anti-U.N. rant. I loathe and detest the U.N. and all it stands for. You want news about the U.N.? I got news about the U.N.
Reuters, September 15, headline: Are U.N. “Peace Keepers” Raping Haitian Men? Protesters Demand That the U.N. Leave. Story, quote:
Demonstrators in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince demand the withdrawal of U.N. peacekeepers from the country.
The U.N. Mission in Haiti has faced public outcry since video emerged which appears to show Uruguayan marines pinning down and sexually assaulting a young Haitian man.
End quote. That’s about par for the course for a U.N. operation. The U.N. does no good in the world, and much harm. When it isn’t doing harm, it’s standing aside to let others do it, as in the Rwanda massacres of 1994.
This is an organization so rotten, so corrupt, and so malign, even Haitians want it out of their country. Haitians! Why Americans put up with it, totally beats my pair of jacks. I used to live down by U.N. headquarters in New York City, and believe me, all those sleek bureacrats from Ghana and Gabon, Papua and Peru, Monaco and Morocco, are living large. If you want to check them out, head down to my old neighborhood on midtown east side and look into the most expensive restaurants any evening of the week.
Derbyshire later responds to to Ahmadinejad’s lecture about the evils of the western slave trade: (He refers to the president of Iran as “L’il Squinty”)
Squinty began with a survey of the state of the world and all its many injustices, past and present. He threw out a bunch of rhetorical questions. Sample, quote: “Who abducted forcefully tens of millions of people from their homes in Africa and other regions of the world during the dark period of slavery, making them a victim of their materialistic greed?” End quote.
Well, Squinty, that depends whether we’re talking East Africa or West Africa. West Africa it would be the Europeans, Spain and Portugal in the lead. Brazil alone got about one-third of the slaves brought across the Atlantic before abolishing slavery in 1888.
In East Africa, on the other hand, the slave trade was a Muslim affair, and went on for much longer. Arab and Persian slave traders were shipping black Africans up the coast for thirteen hundred years — three times the duration of the Atlantic trade. Saudi Arabia didn’t abolish slavery intil 1964. And if you’re wondering why there aren’t more African-looking faces around the Muslim world, that would be because male slaves were castrated after capture. Taking history as a whole, considering the comparative numbers involved, your modal trader of African slaves was a Muslim.
And while we’re talking about slavery, let’s not forget the Christian Europeans enslaved by North African Muslims raiding across the Mediterranean from the Middle Ages well into the 19th century — total numbers enslaved, one to one and a quarter million, according to Professor Robert Davis’s 2003 book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters — well worth reading, Squinty, if you’re interested in slavery.