Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Yeah, That'll Happen

The Organization of the Islamic Conference is demanding a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. From Agence French Presse, via LGF:

SANAA (AFP) - Foreign ministers of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) opened a meeting with a call for a Muslim permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

OIC secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu urged a greater role for Muslim countries in world affairs and demanded a "permanent representation for the Islamic world on the UN Security Council".

"The Islamic world, which represents one fifth of total mankind, cannot remain excluded from the activities of the Security Council which assumes a fundamental role in keeping security and peace in the world," he said Tuesday.

But, delusions of grandeur weren't the only order of business Tuesday. There were also issues of identity:

The Turkish secretary general also proposed finding a new name for the organisation that would reflect "its reality".

OIC was given its current name when it was first established at a meeting of Islamic leaders convened in Morocco following an attempt by Jewish hardliners to burn down Islam's third holiest site -- Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque -- which is also revered in Judaism.

What the .... is Agence French Presse talking about?

I had never heard of such an occurrence, so I googled it. As far as I can tell "Jewish hardliners" never attempted to burn down the al-Aqsa Mosque. However, a Christian fundamentalist did do such way, way back in the summer of 1969:

Memories are long here, and one of the major events of recent history was when Australian Christian fundamentalist Michael Rohan tried to burn down al-Aqsa in 1969, causing considerable damage.

But, Agence French Presse blames the Jews.