Saturday, September 29, 2007

Pigs that fly?

The issue is not whether pigs can fly but whether they have a right to fly.

As with the core question immortalized by the Monty Python philosophers in the movie: Life of Brian: What's a man's right to have babies worth if he does not have a womb nor is he likely to acquire one at any time in our evolutionary cycle?

REG: I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a
womb! Where's the foetus going to gestate?! You going to keep it in a box?!

LORETTA: [crying]
JUDITH: Here! I-- I've got an idea. Suppose you agree that he can't actually have babies, not having a womb, which is nobody's fault, not even the Romans', but that he can have the right to have babies.
FRANCIS: Good idea, Judith. We shall fight
the oppressors for your right to have babies, brother. Sister. Sorry.
REG: What's the point?
REG: What's the point of fighting for his right to have babies when he can't have babies?!

However, according to RFC 1925 in Fundamental Truths of Networking, "with sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine." But, caution the redactors of Fundamental Truths "this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead."

This is by way of introduction to this minuscule story that inspired the scholarly meditation articulated above:

The United Nations Human Rights Council has not managed to deal fairly with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the council's president Doru-Romulus Costea told a Spanish newspaper on Saturday, according to Israel Radio.

Is the UN Human Rights Council going to change its approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Doru admitted that he was dissatisfied with the fact the council
had overly focused on the degree of human rights violations by Israel.

"The body which I head must examine the actions of both sides equally, and we have not done that," said Costea. "Clearly, from now on things need to change."

Israel Radio reported that earlier this week, US President
George Bush criticized the UN Human Rights Council, saying that it had put too great an emphasis on Israeli actions.

So UN Human Rights Council President Costea is beginning to think for himself, is he?

"Thinking again?" the Duchess asked, with another dig of her sharp little chin.

"I've a right to think," said Alice sharply, for she was beginning to feel a little worried.

"Just about as much right," said the Duchess, "as pigs have to fly...."

( Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, chapter 9.)

Oy Vey!


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