A Jumbo For The United Nations!

“War? What war?”

The United Nations’ Department of Global Communications sent an email instructing its staff  not to the war currently raging in Ukraine as the result of Putin’s illegal and murderous armed invasion as either a war or an invasion.

Instead, they were told to use the descriptions “big misunderstanding” or “rod trip gone horribly wrong.” Okay, that’s not true. But the first part is.

Like Jimmy Durante in the Broadway musical “Jumbo,” whose answer to a sheriff confronting him trying to sneak out of a circus with biggest elephant in the world on the end of his rope with the question, “Where do you think you’re going with that elephant?” and replied, “Elephant? What elephant?,” the United Nations has scaled the heights of audacious dishonesty. Jimmy’s line, however, was a joke. The U.N.’s version is a self-indictment.The official email to a staff mailing list this week carried the subject line “Ukraine crisis communications guidelines,” and instructed recipients,

“[USE] ‘conflict’ or ‘military offensive’ and NOT ‘war’ or ‘invasion’ when referring to the situation in Ukraine. Do NOT add the Ukrainian flag to personal or official social media accounts or websites.”

Presumably “special military operation,” Putin’s preferred euphemism for the war, would also be acceptable to the U.N., which added,

“This is an important reminder that we, as international civil servants, have a responsibility to be impartial. There is a serious possibility of reputational risk that has been flagged by senior officials recently.”

How about the reputational risk of revealing the toothless organization as being run by Orwellian weenies? Is that at all a concern?

After the disgusting directions were revealed by the Irish Times, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric rejected them. “I don’t dispute the validity of that email but it can not be considered official policy to staff,” he told the paper. Shortly thereafter another email was apparently sent reversing the first, and allowing staff to use terms  known in diplomatic circles as “reality.”

But this is only because the email was leaked. Any damage to the U.N.’s reputation—which isn’t that hot anyway– by its even attempting such censorship should be permanent.


Pointer: The Blaze




2 thoughts on “A Jumbo For The United Nations!

  1. Come on, Jack! Russia’s a permanent member of the Security Council, so called. You want U.N. employees to piss the Russians off and risk getting poisoned in some ritzy Eastside restaurant while dining out on the American taxpayer or something?

  2. Vlad has that effect on people. Witness the unbridled adoration of the Hollywood elite for a musical performance.

    I can only imagine the effusive praise lavished upon him, as they later stood, waiting to get their pictures taken with their hero.

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