Friday, November 04, 2005

The AP Rewrites UN History

At the bottom of a routine piece in the AP today, we get the following pap:

Since the 1967 and 1973 Mideast wars, Israel has come under attack in the United Nations from a coalition of developing countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

In 1975, the General Assembly voted to equate Zionism with racism, a move that was repealed in the 1990s. But Annan has said "deep and painful scars remain" for both sides. He has made a priority of reaching out to Jews during his tenure.

Yeah, some of his best friends are Jews. But let's put aside the obligatory flacking for Kofi -- this does come from a UN resident correspondent, after all -- turn to a couple of things.

First of all, Israel has been under attack from Arab countries, the Soviet bloc, and their various accomplices since practically day one. It's not as if all was warm and fuzzy pre-'67.

Second of all, "scars on both sides"? Excuse me? Is he saying that the Arab-Dictatorship bloc at the UN is "scarred" by twisting the UN into a hotbed of Israel-bashing and anti-Semitism?

Keep in mind that this naive crap comes from a person who covers the UN for the world's leading wire service.

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