Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Let Them Eat America's Cake

Dag, at No Dhimmitude, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite bloggers, has an important post up today, about the UN grab for control of the internet. Here's an excerpt:

A group of the world's most repressive regimes, including China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Cuba, wants the UN to take over from ICANN. Disgracefully, the EU recently threw its weight behind this initiative. Canada appears -- thank heavens -- firmly, or at least provisionally, behind the current arrangement.

The United States has been utterly opposed to this attempted power grab. The notion that the Internet would be more safely administered by the kind of guys who hijacked the UN Human Rights Commission is little less than ludicrous. Just how ludicrous has become obvious from the actions of the summit's host.

Tunisia is reckoned to be one of the more "enlightened" North African regimes, but it severely restricts media freedom, spies on cyber-cafes and blocks Web sites. This week in Tunis a French journalist who had been reporting on Tunisian government repression was beaten up and stabbed, allegedly by state goons. Although one must sympathize with his plight, there is a certain rich irony in his nationality.

When French President Jacques Chirac visited Tunis two years ago, he congratulated the country's astonishingly popular President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali (who regularly pulls in 99% of the vote) and declared,

"The most important human rights are to eat, receive medical care and education and have a place to live."

As Dag notes, in his fine commentary, Europe backs this power grab because Europe has strong totalitarian tendencies of it's own, as is evidenced by Chirac obnoxiously condescending remark.

But, it isn't really condescension, if he really believes it, is it? And, the sad thing is, all evidence says he does.

Let Them Eat Cake.