Geller: ICANN = Sharia Law

There’s an old saying that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when Islamophobic wingnuts like Pam Geller only have one narrative — ZOMG! Sharia law is upon us! — every single thing that happens is obviously leading right to that result. Including the decision to turn control of domain names over to ICANN.

The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that “the Obama administration made the surprise announcement it will relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, which assigns and maintains domain names and Web addresses for the Internet. Russia, China and other authoritarian governments have already been working to redesign the Internet more to their liking, and now they will no doubt leap to fill the power vacuum caused by America’s unilateral retreat.”

Global governance of the Internet. “Global governance?” As in the U.N.? And who and what drives the U.N.? The largest voting bloc at the U.N. is what drives its policies, and that is the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC. The historian Bat Ye’or describes the OIC this way: “The OIC is one of the largest intergovernmental organizations in the world. It encompasses 56 Muslim states plus the Palestinian Authority. Spread over four continents, it claims to speak in the name of the ummah (the universal Muslim community), which numbers about 1.3 billion. The OIC’s mission is to unite all Muslims worldwide by rooting them in the Koran and the Sunnah – the core of traditional Islamic civilization and values. It aims at strengthening solidarity and cooperation among all its members, in order to protect the interests of Muslims everywhere and to galvanize the ummah into a unified body.”

The Organization of the Islamic Cooperation will undoubtedly demand the suppression of websites that “insult Islam” or “encourage hatred,” and they won’t be referring to jihad forums that foment violence and incite to slaughter. The WSJ explains: “According to the administration’s announcement, the Commerce Department will not renew its agreement with Icann, which dates to 1998. This means, effective next year, the U.S. will no longer oversee the ‘root zone file,’ which contains all names and addresses for websites world-wide. If authoritarian regimes in Russia, China and elsewhere get their way, domains could be banned and new ones not approved for meddlesome groups such as Ukrainian-independence organizations or Tibetan human-rights activists.”

First of all, the decision to let ICANN become entirely independent of the government was done instead of turning control over to the UN, which is what China and Russia wanted to have done. Secondly, the idea that the OIC controls the UN is absolutely laughable. The UN is a lapdog for the most powerful countries, particularly us. It was created that way on purpose.

But most obviously, shouldn’t they be happy that Obama is giving up control of this? I mean, the entire narrative of Geller’s column is that Obama is an evil dictator trying to shut down conservatives. So shouldn’t it be a good thing that he won’t have control over ICANN after next year? Not very consistent or coherent, these people.

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  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    To underscore Geller’s vibrant ignorance and willful idiocy:

    The process of moving ICANN to self-governance began in 2006, under Bush II. It was a part of the GOP push to eliminate government oversight of private industry. All Obama is doing here is announcing the completion of a project started by his predecessor.

  • Chiroptera

    Russia, China and other authoritarian governments have already been working to redesign the Internet more to their liking….

    I’m open to correction on this, but I’m guessing that what “Russia, China, and other authoritarian governments” are trying to do is to control that portion of the internet in their own territories.

    If that happens, then it will simply be a matter that US security forces will have a harder time eavesdropping on their internet and probably have to focus resources on individuals who are identified as important rather than our current “slurp up everything.” But that should only be a cause of concern for US authoritarians.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    he UN is a lapdog for the most powerful countries, particularly us.

    I thought the UN was the dictators debating club? (Shrug.)

    Syria on the human rights comittee? Dictatorships having an equal say with democracies?

    Yeah, not really a big fan although I don’t see the UN leading no conspiracy the rules neither..

    Frankly (&, hey, I could well be wrong) I reckon scrapping the UN and starting from scratch to make something a bit better and more reasonable is the best option ..

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    the rules = theories . D’oh!

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Also (because once again thoughts keep hitting me after clicking submit) :

    The UN was created to prevent wars right?

    So ..

    Can anyone name for me,

    One war it stopped?

    A conflict it solved?

    Or a genocide it prevented?

    What good was it in Rwanda or Bosnia? How useful has it been? Would we be worse off without it? I wish something like the UN but better existed and worked. Wish it were so.

  • Dunc

    @3: The General Assembly is a toothless talking shop. The only bit of the UN which actually matters is the Security Council. And Syria isn’t on the Human Rights Council, although a number of other countries with very dodgy human rights records are. Not that it matters though, because the HRC has absolutely no powers and nobody really cares in the least what they say.

  • Dunc

    @5: Sure, hang on a minute while I have a look through all possible parallel universes and see how various complex world events would have turned out in different counter-factual circumstances…

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    I mean, the entire narrative of Geller’s column is that Obama is an evil dictator trying to shut down conservatives.

    Need I even bother to ask if Geller has any actual decent evidence to back that extraordinary claim there?

    Obama – the world’s only twice duly freely and fairy elected “dictator” still held ransom to an uncooperative hostile Congress and (US equiv. of) parliamentary laws,checks and balances.

    Hmm … almost like he ain’t no dictator at all,

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    @7. You can do that then? Whoah! Awesome! 😉

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    @StevoR #5 – The war that the US was designed to prevent was global war on the scale of WW II. And it has worked successfully to that end, in exactly the same way that my tiger-be-gone amulet has protected me from tiger attacks.

    For lesser conflicts, the UN provides a forum where nations can come together and talk outside of formal channels. Countries which do not have official relations can still meet and come to agreements. In this, the UN has actually worked: while global media makes it appear that war is a constant factor, the number of regional conflicts has actually declined compared to what things were like before the UN. The UN has also served as a humanitarian resource and “referee” in conflicts, helping to mitigate the damage that was done: that is no small accomplishment.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    “Moooahh hah-hah-hah! Moooahh hah-hah-hah!” ~ Barack Obama

  • dingojack

    Barack Obama is such a terrible tyrant* his weakness is getting America pushed around by Vladimir Putin.

    Hmmm …. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there seems to be some kind of contradiction in that argument.

    @@

    Dingo

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    * ‘The worst tyrant — in the world! [/Jeremy Clarkson]

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “Frankly (&, hey, I could well be wrong) I reckon scrapping the UN and starting from scratch to make something a bit better and more reasonable is the best option ..”

    An admirable suggestion and, unfortunately, one that as much chance of working as that of scrapping the U.S. Constitution and starting over.

    “What good was it in Rwanda or Bosnia? How useful has it been? Would we be worse off without it?”

    Two things:

    A: We did keep them from killing decent Christians in Bosnia and decent white people in Rwanda (the killers in both cases WERE Christians).

    3: It’s not OUR fault that neither of those countries was prudent enough to be floating on a nice lake of “Texas Tea”.

  • Moggie

    This means, effective next year, the U.S. will no longer oversee the ‘root zone file,’ which contains all names and addresses for websites world-wide.

    So, add the DNS to the list of things which the WSJ doesn’t understand.

  • Dunc

    Frankly (&, hey, I could well be wrong) I reckon scrapping the UN and starting from scratch to make something a bit better and more reasonable is the best option ..

    Of course, that’s exactly why the UN was created (to replace the League of Nations) in the first place… If you have some solutions to the fundamental problems of both organisations, I’m sure we’d all be fascinated. Problems like “how do you constrain the actions of the Great Powers?” and “how do you reliably tell the difference between justice and self-interest?”… The finest minds in international diplomacy have struggled to solve these problems for generations, with really very little success.

  • eric

    All Obama is doing here is announcing the completion of a project started by his predecessor.

    Yes, but everyone knows that when a project is run by a white conservative, it’s good. When the same project is run by a black democrat, its evil.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    OH COME ON! WE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS WERE MAD AS HELL ABOUT WHATEVER THIS IS THAT OBAMA IS DOING BACK BEFORE IT WAS HIM DOING IT! WE JUST DIDNT GET AROUND TO BEING ANGRY ABOUT IT UNTIL BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA TOOK OVER! ODDLY WE WERENT MAD ENOUGH ABOUT ANYTHING EXCEPT HIPPIES AND OTHER GROUPS THAT HATE AMERICA UNTIL AFTER BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA TOOK OFFICE! ITS OBAMAS FAULT THAT WE WERENT UPRISING BEFORE HE BECAME “OUR” “PRESIDENT”! AND ALSO THERE WAS A WAR ON MAKING CRITICISM TREASON AT THE TIME!

  • freehand

    SteveoR – I really don’t trust our current gang of lunatics here in the US to have a say in replacing the UN.

    .

    Didn’t the UN do some good with Bosnia? Seems like Clinton’s foray into war worked better than usual, probably because he was working with international forces under UN direction rather than those of Texas oil tycoons.