Monday, April 06, 2009

Team America vs. reality

Scene from Team America: World Police:

Kim Jong Il: Hans Brix? Oh no! Oh, herro. Great to see you again, Hans!
Hans Blix: Mr. Il, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won't let me enter certain areas.

Kim Jong Il: Hans, Hans, Hans! We've been frew this a dozen times. I don't have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?

Hans Blix: Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN's collective mind. I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.

Kim Jong Il: Or else what?

Hans Blix: Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.
Real life:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said North Korea's weekend missile launch had "grave implications" and the first response should be a forceful position taken at the United Nations.

The U.N. Security Council had held an emergency session on Sunday, but the 15 members agreed only to further discussions after North Korea launched a Taepodong-2 rocket.

"It's a provocative act that has grave implications. North Korea ignored its international obligations, rejected the unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations," Clinton told reporters.

She said U.S. officials were in active consultations with members of the U.N. Security Council and countries engaged in six-party talks over North Korea's nuclear program.

"We know that working out the language is not easily done overnight but we remain convinced that coming out with a strong position in the United Nations is the first and important step that we intend to take," Clinton said.
For the record I think that the proper response to North Korea's missile launch is little more than a collective yawn, but the humor is undeniable. The UN is literally a caricature of itself.

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