The resolution passed, and it was a good day for alliance-nurturing and burden-sharing
– for the burden of doing nothing was shared equally by all. And we are by now used
to the pattern. Every time there is an ongoing atrocity, we watch the world community
go through the same series of stages: (1) shock and concern (2) gathering resolve
(3) fruitless negotiation (4) pathetic inaction (5) shame and humiliation (6) steadfast
vows to never let this happen again.
The "never again" always comes. But still, we have all agreed, this sad
cycle is better than having some impromptu coalition of nations actually go in "unilaterally"
and do something. That would lack legitimacy! Strain alliances! Menace international
law! Threaten the multilateral ideal!
It’s a pity about the poor dead people in Darfur. Their numbers are still rising,
at 6,000 to 10,000 a month.
A bit of Monty Python’s The Life of Brian sprang immediately
into my mind when I read this
NYT op-ed. (Thanks, Nomad
Reg: Right! Now, item four: Attainment of world supremacy within the next
five years. Ah, Francis, you’ve been doing some work on this?
Yeah, thank you, Reg. Well, quite frankly, siblings, I think five years is optimistic,
unless we can smash the Roman Empire within the next twelve months!
Rogers: Yeah, twelve months. And let’s face it, as empires
go, this is the big one. So we gotta get up of our arses and stop just talking about
All in PFJ: Yeah! Yeah! Hear!
Loretta: I agree! It’s
action that counts, not words, and we need action now!
All in PFJ:
Reg: You’re right. We could sit around here all day, talking,
passing resolutions, making clever speeches, it’s not to ship one Roman soldier!
Francis: So let’s just stop gabbing on about it! It’s completely pointless,
and it’s getting us nowhere!
Loretta: I agree!
This is a complete waste of time!
Door: [Sound of Opening]
They’ve arrested Brian!
All: What? What?
dragged him off! They’re gonna crucify him!
Reg: Right! This calls
for immediate discussion!
Sibling II: Right!
Loretta: New motion?
new motion! Uh, that, uh, that there be, uh, immediate action…
…uh, once the vote has been taken.
Reg: Well, obviously once the
vote has been taken resolution the oh —- resolution!
let’s go now, please!
Reg: Right, right!In the – in the light of fresh
information from sibling Judith…
Loretta: Ehm…not so fast, Reg.
Judith: Reg, for God’s sake! It’s perfectly simple! All you’ve gotta do is
to go out of that door now and try to stop the Romans nailing him up! It’s happening,
Reg! Something’s actually happening, Reg! Can’t you understand? Oooh!
[Sound of Closing]
Reg: Yeah, hello. Another little ego trip from the
Reg: Oh, sorry, Loretta. Uh, read that back, would, you?