Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Egyptian Book Burner Leading UNESCO Candidate

Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni said he would "burn Israeli books himself if found in Egyptian libraries."

Leary observes that Hosni sounds like someone who infrequently visits libraries and questions whether said minister would recognize an Israeli book (or those produced in most other countries) if he saw one.

The punchline: Hosni is the leading candidate for UNESCO secretary-general, the United Nations' cultural arm. The world's most accomplished human rights violators administer the UN's human rights wings, while a book burner is likely their next cultural grand poobah. The value of the UN to the free world is minimal at best. A good argument for the creation of McCain's League of Democracies, and moving out of the UN's collapsed house of horrors.