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UN Head Criticizes HRC For Unfair Focus On Israel

At National Review Online's The Tank on Monday, I criticized UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for citing "man-made global warming" as a cause for the genocide in Darfur. But I made sure to conclude that "Ban Ki-moon is still a profound upgrade from his predecessor."

Today, Ban Ki-moon demonstrates why I leveled my incredulous criticism in a closing couched general praise.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined Western nations on Wednesday in criticizing the world body's own Human Rights Council for picking on Israel as part of an agreement on its working rules.

The European Union, Canada and the United States had already attacked the singling-out of Israel's role in the occupied Palestinian territories for continued special investigation, under the deal reached in Geneva on Monday.

A U.N. statement said: "The Secretary-General is disappointed at the council's decision to single out only one specific regional item given the range and scope of allegations of human rights violations throughout the world."

The statement did not mention Israel or the Palestinian territories by name.

It didn't have to. When's the last time we saw that kind of objectivity from a UN Secretary General? Imagine John Bolton working with a UN SecGen with such objectivity.

Now, if only the IAEA had such leadership traits.