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The Belmont Club rounds up some news stories about what's wrong with the United Nations.
I am outraged at the lack of outrage against the UN.
The United Nations ought to be totally dismantled. It is corrupt from the bottom through the highest levels. Atrocities far worse than Abu Ghraib are committed regularly under its banner. Shut it down.
Let's not forget the role of Kofi Annan's son in this mess.
I could dismiss this entire comment by simply identifying the fallacy — tu quoque — but it's worthwhile to respond in detail.
This is exactly what I'm outraged about. The whole e-mail is an attempt to establish moral equivalence between something I'm mad about and something he's mad about. There can be no moral equivalence here:
We've got human rights hypocrisy, hundreds of thousands of deaths, tens of billions of dollars stolen, bribery, obstruction, rape and pedophelia… versus what, exactly, Tim? Aren't you moved by any of this? Aren't you angry at the UN?
Even if every sleazy allegation ever directed at Halliburton is true, aren't the plain facts about the United Nations even worse? Come on, it's not even close; they're orders of magnitude apart.
The comparison doesn't matter anyway. I'm not a relativist; I do not need to compare the UN against something else in order to condemn it. The alleged evils of Halliburton or the US military or government are quite simply irrelevant to the judging of the United Nations. I condemn it on its own merits — or in this case, lack thereof.
P.S., it's not a good idea to goad a libertarian into a debate about the dissolution of the US government. I'd like to get rid of so much of it that only the Founding Fathers would recognize what would remain; we'll leave it at that.
But wait, there's more!
Words fail me. I can only describe that with profanity. Read the article.