Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), according to leaked diplomatic cables.
It doesn’t matter how cynical you think you are; it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been following the shit-storm that is global politics; it doesn’t matter how read up you are about your government’s atrocious human rights record, both past and current, the bastards will always find another way to shock and sicken you.
In brief, according to RT: ‘Two years after the controversial appointment of Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s leading human rights offenders, to the UN human rights council, Wikileaks cables have revealed a “secret deal” suggesting that the British government was a key player behind Riyadh’s nomination.’
Clandestine assistance provided to a despicable (if you only click through on one link in this article, make it that one) regime in its efforts to ascend to arguably a largely symbolic role within the UN may seem a relatively trifling matter compared to the 8-13 million deaths since 1945 that the British government bears significant responsibility for, but it’s precisely the symbolic nature of the move that gets the blood boiling. That’s like Sauron having a seat on the Council For The Wellbeing Of Elves And The Non-Invasion Of Their Lands. While he’s slaughtering Elves and invading their lands.
This kind of cynical, amoral maneuvering on the part of the UK government is not news. It’s a constant noise, never not present. But you tune it out now and then. You acknowledge its existence, get angry; and then it becomes part of the white noise of horror and bullshit that surrounds you every day. It almost has to fade; if it didn’t, how could you go about your normal life; how could you live the day-to-day without suffering an anger-induced heart attack? So it has to fade.
But every once in a while another bubble rises to the surface and pops; another cloud of noxious gas is released; and you can’t help but wrinkle your nose in rage. Because when our government expends so much energy, so much hot hair on denouncing official enemies such as ISIS, and in the same breath props up a regime which has thus far in 2015 executed more people than ISIS themselves; is planning on crucifying a teenage protester; is using its UN position to oppose the development of global LGBT rights, well, what other possible reaction is there than to feel the veins in your temples throb with fury?
Here, by way of apology, have a dog and his ducky. I’m going to find some whiskey.