Return to Durban?

by Clifford D. May

Claudia Rosett’s piece today makes clear what’s going on. Plans are being made and budgets prepared for something

dubbed the “Durban Review Conference,” or Durban II. … [This means that Americans, as top contributors to the U.N. budget, can look forward not only to being vilified at Durban II along with our democratic ally, Israel, but also to picking up the biggest share of the tab for this next landmark U.N. exercise in bigotry.

Durban II is of course being planned as the follow-up to the U.N.’s notorious 2001 conference in Durban, South Africa. Convened under the pretext of fighting racism, that conclave erupted into a frenzy of malice toward America, and even more specifically, Israel. Colin Powell, then secretary of State, had the integrity to withdraw the U.S. delegation, and publicly tell the U.N. organizers: “You do not combat racism by conferences that produce declarations containing hateful language, some of which is a throwback to the days of ‘Zionism equals racism;’ or supports the idea that we have made too much of the Holocaust; or suggests that apartheid exists in Israel; or that singles out only one country in the world — Israel — for censure and abuse.”

Also today, Newt Gingrich and I sent a letter to the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Zalmay Khalilzad, urging him to prevent another hate-fest unlike anything seen since Germany in the 1930s.

Durban II is to be chaired by Libya, with an executive committee that includes Iran. We implore the ambassador

in the strongest possible terms: Do everything in your power to stop it; make it a top priority; use all your diplomatic skills to convince other nations to do so as well.

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