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U.N. to distribute very special humanitarian aid to Burma cyclone victims

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By See-Dubya  •  May 23, 2008 07:23 AM

If I had read this story on a conservative parody site like Scrappleface or The Nose on Your Face, I’d think, “come on, guys, that’s a little heavy-handed.”

But, it’s real:

The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives, a UN official says.

So far, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said it had sent 72 800 condoms to survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May.

If any one story sums up what the U.N. has become, this is it. It’s at once so clueless and out-of-touch to be darkly comical (Hey, you know these people rebuilding their lives amid the bloated corpses and amoebic dysentery and famine really need? Some condoms!) while at the same time being sinister and malevolent, and redolent of Margaret Sanger’s eugenics movement. Somewhere poor brown people are multiplying, UNFPA notes with alarm, and primly resolve to help them stop.

They’re a very C.S. Lewis sort of villain, thoroughly dangerous and yet still laughable, especially because of the deadly seriousness with which they take themselves. If you’ve read The Screwtape Letters or especially That Hideous Strength, you’ll know what I mean. What is the United Nations but the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments writ large?

Hat tip to Vanderleun. One of his commenters speculates that there may be even more in those “reproductive health” kits than reported in the article:

Hmm, they’ve stopped mentioning the manual vacuum aspirators included in the standard “reproductive health kits” the UN sends into disaster areas. The probably focus-grouped even worse than the condoms. (Seriously, there was some complaining when the full contents of the “RH Kit” was mentioned in news reports after the Indian Ocean tsunami a few years ago.)

(What are the aspirators for? Well, when your country is hit by a natural disaster, isn’t the first thing you think of the urgent need to restore proper abortion services? But alas there is a lack of electricity, hence the manually-operated aspirators.)

I don’t find any mention of that RH Kit backlash after the tsunami, but the kits with the vacuum aspirators for abortions were being discussed by the UN last year for refugees in Tanzania. (.pdf link; ctrl-f for “aspirator”.) More on the UNFPA’s abortion-machine handouts to Kosovar refugees here. Interestingly, UNFPA was invited to share this technology with the Kosovars by Slobodan Milosevic, who saw it as sort of a pre-emptive continuation of his ethnic cleansing program.

Seriously, read that last one. It may be some small consolation to you that the Bush Administration has, for the past four years, withheld any U.S. funds from going to UNFPA. Good for them.

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