http://www.forbes.com/2009/03/11/libya- ... tions.html
(...) the U.N. is now getting ready to anoint the next president of its General Assembly.
It's hard to think how anyone could be a worse choice than this year's president, the anti-American, radical leftist retread Sandinista, Nicaragua's Miguel d'Escoto Brockman, who opened last year's General Assembly by denouncing the U.S.
But the U.N. has found a way. The expectation is that this fall, when the U.N. clogs New York traffic for the opening of its 64th annual General Assembly, the new president of that 192 member-state body, sometimes styled as the Parliament of Man, will be the candidate of--and no, I'm not kidding--the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Or, in short, Libya.
More specifically, the new chairman of the U.N. General Assembly will be longtime Libyan diplomat Ali Triki. (His name is also transliterated as Ali Traiki.) While there has been little coverage to date of this impending exaltation of Libya's man to chair the main membership body of the world's leading multilateral institution, the AFP last week did run a story reporting that Ali Triki "is set to be the next president of the U.N. General Assembly." AFP quoted a Libyan diplomat who expected Triki "will be elected" sometime around mid-June.
Hold that thought. If this is an election, why does a Libyan diplomat feel so sure that his country's candidate will win? That's not because Libyan diplomats are gifted with Delphic powers of prophecy. It's because three months before this U.N. "election" takes place, its result is already considered a done deal.
During the 40-year tyranny of Libya's Muammar Qaddafi, Triki has racked up a long history of devoted service to the Tripoli regime, spanning the Qaddafi era of such ventures as the bombing of a Berlin discotheque in 1986, the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988; as well as the 1996 massacre of inmates of Libya's Abu Salim prison, and the repression and jailing of democratic dissidents, such as Fathi Eljahmi, to this day.
Triki was working as Libya's foreign minister in 1984, when Libya hanged two students who had opposed Qaddafi. Triki's comment to the UPI at the time, when asked why the executions had taken place, was: "Sometimes you need it."
When those executions triggered protests outside the Libyan embassy in London, what ensued was a disturbing brand of "diplomacy." A gunman inside the embassy opened fire on the anti-Qaddafi protestors. Eleven were injured and a British police woman was killed.
Triki's candidacy is the product of the African Union, currently chaired by Libya's despotic Qaddafi. What values might he bring to the presidency of the U.N. General Assembly? For a preview, we might look to the preparations for the U.N.'s Durban Review conference scheduled for April in Geneva. Chaired by Libya's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, the preparatory committee for this conference has dished up plans for a global gag on free speech via Islamic anti-blasphemy laws, a mob attack on the democratic state of Israel and demands in the name of slavery reparations for wealth transfers that would in all likelihood have nothing to do with slavery and everything to do with the greed and profit of some of the world's worst governments.
If the anointing of Ali Triki grinds ahead as U.N. business as usual, this September's opening will feature Libya on the Security Council, Libya presiding over the General Assembly and Libya fresh from chairing the preparations for the Durban Review conference in Geneva. Is that the kind of U.N. America should depend on?
Not so long ago, Libya was under U.S. and U.N. sanctions for its long terrorist record.