A man by the name of Liu Xiaobo has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring about peaceful political reform in the Communist one-party rule of China.
In a perfect depiction of how evil China is, those efforts earned him a one way ticket to jail - for 11 years (perhaps someone should mention this to liberal columnist Tom Friedman the next time he takes to envying the greatness of China).
So how does the United Nations respond to this man's work for freedom and democracy earning him such a prize? About as cool of a response as you could imagine:
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's guarded reaction to the awarding of this year's Nobel peace prize to an imprisoned Chinese dissident has raised eyebrows.
In a brief statement worded in a way that would not offend China, Ban avoided any direct criticism of Beijing's human rights record, praising it instead for economic, political and human rights progress.
The statement - released by a spokesman rather than by Ban himself - also did not call on China to release Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned pro-democracy activist awarded the peace prize, or any other dissidents in Chinese jails.
The only concern implied in the four-sentence statement was that the decision to honor Liu could upset China and so "detract from advancement of the human rights agenda globally or the high prestige and inspirational power of the award."
You might think that this response was just due to the corruption, the anti-democratic philosophy, and the fraud that defines the UN. But there's more to it than that:
Ban hopes to secure a second term as secretary-general when his current one ends late ext year, an ambition that will be thwarted should any permanent Security Council member - the U.S., China, Britain, France, Russia - veto his reappointment.
Ah yes...sleaze too. And we remain part of, and continue to fund this corruption because...?