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  Good news from the UN
I've criticized the United Nations a lot, so it's only fair that I point out when it does something right.

The UN has compiled a decades-long track record of anti-Israel resolutions and summits that many have seen as anti-Semitic — including the 1975 equation of Zionism with racism, the irredeemably biased 2001 Durban UN World Conference against Racism, and the attempt in 2003 to block Israel's construction of a wall to keep out Palestinian suicide bombers.

But a new UN resolution happily bucks that sorry trend. The Associated Press reports:
The U.N. General Assembly adopted a landmark resolution Tuesday that will create the first international day of commemoration for the six million Jews and other victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

The International Day of Commemoration will be held every year on Jan. 27.

Israel's U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman thanked the 191 members of the General Assembly "at this unique and historic moment ... for adopting this unprecedented resolution."
Nice job. And there's more good news. We recently had a debate here at Riding Sun about whether the international community would soon forget Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's calling Israel a "disgraceful blot" that should be "wiped off the map". Well, it may eventually forget, but for now, it still remembers. Again, from an Associated Press story:
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has canceled a trip to Iran in response to increasing tension over the Iranian president's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map."

Annan decided it is "not an appropriate time" for him to go to Iran, citing the "ongoing controversy" over Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks last week, according to a statement from the secretary-general's spokesman, Stephane Dujarric.
There will be those who call Kofi's action an ineffectual gesture, but what is the man supposed to do — send in the tanks? He's a diplomat, and cancelling his special trip to meet your country's president is the diplomatic equivalent of a tactical nuke. Does this solve the problem of Iran? No. Is it nice to see anyway? Yes. Once again, nice job.

And for a brief reminder of why we need a Holocaust remembrance day, and why Jews are so touchy about threats to wipe them off the map, I strongly recommend this powerful story by LA Times reporter Sandy Banks: Saved by a Saint in a Tank. I couldn't make it through the whole thing without tearing up.
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