BBC – Nick Robinson’s Newslog: Gaddafi UN drama serves ace to Brown

Gaddafi [tossed] aside a copy of the UN Charter. It was an act – at the end of a 1 hour 36 minute address which provided Gordon Brown with an ideal opportunity to come to the defence of the UN.

The prime minister re-wrote the opening of his speech, which was delayed by over two hours thanks to the Colonel’s ramblings, to add the ringing declaration: “I stand here to reaffirm the United Nations Charter, not to tear it up. I call on every nation here to support its universal principles.”

The Charter:


to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained

Etc. In other news,

The U.N. has named Princess Maxima of the Netherlands as the Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

Oh, good!