The increasingly bizarre parallel universe known as the United Nations continues to astound. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Iran was recently elected to the 15-member general committee of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty conference currently underway in New York. The conference is supposed to develop a treaty regulating the international sale of conventional arms.
What could possibly go wrong? The Journal‘s editorialists venture a guess:
We’d be laughing if the mullahs weren’t peddling weapons to some of the world’s most murderous operators. Tehran provides Hezbollah and Palestinian terror groups with the missiles they send willy-nilly into Israeli civilian neighborhoods. Iraqi insurgents have Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to thank for access to improvised explosive devices that have killed hundreds of U.S. troops and maimed many more. Two Iranian agents were arrested in Kenya earlier this month with 33 pounds of explosives they allegedly planned to use against American and British targets.
In other words, there’s a lot not to like about a delusional regime being given a privileged spot on a committee involved with international arms control regulation. On the plus side: as the UN continues to slide off the rails, its irrelevance may yet spur the reforms the institution so desperately needs.