Bridging the Digital Divide, Politically

UNO rewards German and Korean companies for Internet-related education projects. UNESCO chooses Germany's Internet ABC and the Republic of Korea's InfollutionZERO projects for a special prize. Let us not forget the UNO's planned humanitarian prize for Muammar al-Qathafi before NATO's humanitarian intervention destroyed the country.

So let us remember through the smugness and political correctness of the United Nations' occasions, as smiles are traded, backs are slapped and awards are handed out to award-winners with nice, straight backs, short back and sides haircuts and neatly pressed suits and ties that there is another side to these sickening spectacles.

Let us remember that this is the organization which was planning to reward Muammar al-Qadhafi for his humanitarian projects in Africa - including his e-learning project, providing coverage to all of Africa through his satellite programme - an organization which stood back and watched as NATO pounded Sirte, destroying the city, murdered civilians instead of protecting them, bombed Libya's water supply and electricity grid and said nothing as the FUKUS Axis (France, UK, US) performed a spectacular mission creep, breaking every rule in the book and the UNSC Resolutions to boot.

So as Ms. Irina Bokova presents the King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa Prize to Germany's Internet ABC and the Republic of Korea's InfollutionZERO projects, granting massive and welcome publicity to the institutions which developed them, let us remember Muammar al-Qadhafi's legacy of humanitarian projects and let us remind the UNO how it prepared to present him with a reward and then abandoned him like a coward after Washington started pulling strings, reminding everyone who rules the UN. Answer: the US.

Let us remember al-Qadhafi's tele-medicine and e-learning programmes which were to provide coverage for all Africans, continent-wide, for free, with the development of Africa's satellite programme and let us symbolically place an imaginary poster of the Libyan Brother Leader presiding over the ceremony. If a German project can get the award for providing young people with safe web pages and a Korean project is considered worthy for targeting digital pollutants, protecting youngsters from bullying and predators on the Net, both laudably, then surely al-Qadhafi should have been on the podium, if not this year, then last.

If the United Nations is to be taken seriously, it must ensure that its Charter, Resolutions and agreements are upheld, it must ensure that those nations and leaders that breach them are held accountable before a Universal Court of Law which defends Universal Values (since when has NATO or any NATO leader been held accountable for war crimes?) and must stop pandering to the whims of its political paymasters, presenting "humanitarian" prizes funded by the King of Bahrain, whose own disgusting record in human rights violations is indeed real, whereas al-Qadhafi's was not.

While al-Qadhafi was offering amnesty to terrorists who laid down their weapons, while al-Qadhafi's forces were negotiating with NATO-backed terrorists before they sterilised an area from this filth, his Royal Highness King Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain's security forces committed the most shocking acts of repression against innocent civilians.

But of course for today's politically correct United Nations Organization, and its squeaky-clean political puppet-masters, that really doesn't matter, does it?


Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey



Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey