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Opening Arguments

In over their heads

The Sistine Chapel it ain't:

[caption id="attachment_6610" align="alignleft" width="74" caption="What $23 million buys."]What $23 million buys.[/caption]

The U.N. Human Rights Council, frequently accused of coddling some of the world's most repressive governments, threw itself a party in Geneva Tuesday that featured the unveiling of a $23 million mural paid for in part with foreign aid funds.

In a ceremony attended by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo told the press that his 16,000-square-foot ceiling artwork reminded him of "an image of the world dripping toward the sky" — but it reminded critics of money slipping out of relief coffers.

Oh, well. A lot of real damage could be done with $23 million, so maybe we ought to be happy it's staying, um, in house. Hundreds of thousands of citizens of the Congo could not be reached for comment. Or anything else.

Posted in: Current Affairs


tim zank
Thu, 11/20/2008 - 2:33pm

It's pretty funny (not really, it's sad) that they would spend $23 million on that while the countries they are charged with aiding and protecting are eating dirt pies.

Bob G.
Thu, 11/20/2008 - 3:25pm

..and let's not forget killing one another by the thousands...


Bob G.
Fri, 11/21/2008 - 12:04pm

BTW, how's the U.N. "peacekeeping force" been doing with those Bosnian pirates?
Now hearning all that much about THAT, are we?

Too busy with the MURAL, I guess.