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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Was Durban-2 good for Israel?

The second Durban conference was undoubtedly less bad than the first one. It did give a platform to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who got a lot of applause for Israel bashing and USA bashing. It did approve the Durban 1 resolutions and that wasn't good either. But the widespread outrage and walkout during Ahmadinejad's speech showed that Israel is not alone in the world. Too bad there were no third world countries among the protestors. Durban 2 will not have the same fallout as the previous conference. But Ahmadinejad is steadily advancing his goals. That's a different problem.

Second Thoughts About Durban-2

Barry Rubin
It is possible that I was too pessimistic about the result of Durban-2, at least in terms of the final resolution. Apparently, there were enormous changes at the very last minute in the text of the resolution. There is also an apparently valid argument that the NGO insanity of the first meeting was kept in check. So my mind is open on this point. I look forward to seeing more analyses as well, of course, as watching what happens to European policy especially in the aftermath.

I would add, though, that the Iranian regime scores propaganda points in the Muslim and Arab worlds by it s extremism without incurring any costs in the West. An expert who closely follows the Iranian media says that the criticism of Ahmadinejad for making Iran look ridiculous and stirring up hatred against it was extremely limited.

As that expert put it, "Within Iran, Ahmadinejad is like a winning football team, scoring one victory after another." That is not to understate the fact that his faction has many enemies, still does not control the country, and is not popular because of its economic failings.
Continued - Second Thoughts About Durban-2

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