Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Kyoto Conference is Over...Didn't You Hear?

The eighth World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Kyoto, Japan ended on Tuesday with the adoption of the Kyoto Declaration. According to the declaration, religious communities and leaders must cooperate on the basis of mutual respect in order to confront violence while building institutions for collaboration among governments, societies as well as religious communitie--by advancing the notion of shared security.

Nope. I don't know what that is supposed to mean either.

But among the interesting highlights was Prince Hassan of Jordon, who said
The Arab leaders stole billions of dollars from the Arab people and spent it on weapons to fight Israel, which they will never defeat, instead of using the money for health and education purposes to aid their people
Considering the lack of significant coverage by the media, I doubt if anyone will take much note of anything said--just as Arabs in general, and Palestinian Arabs in particular, are unlikely to get all excited over Prince Hassan's statement.

Apparently dealing with the minimal level of mutual respect required for kidnapped Israeli soldiers to at least be visited by the Red Cross was not on the agenda.

Or forcing journalists to convert to Islam

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