Then what would the administration achieve by staying away? Perhaps the United States would prefer to forgo an opportunity to clarify its performance on racism, addressed rather negatively last week by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in a review of the U.S. government's six-year-overdue report to the UN on racism in this country.
Well, DUH. (Apparently, this is the DUH update today.)
My, this World Conference on Racism does seem to have people all fired up, doesn't it?
Mind, I do believe there is some justification for the (unstated) position that the US would have little "opportunity to clarify its performance on racism". Given the ideological slant of a conference that put Zionism as racism and Reparations on its preliminary agenda in a relatively inflammatory way, there is reason to believe that it would be an opportunity for continuous public verbal assault instead.
Of course, staying away, and citing those grounds as reason, pretty much guarantees the continuous public verbal assault in any event. I suppose the issue is, as long as you have to take the medicine, where would you rather take it? And not attending is a magnificent dodge in and of itself; it deflects the attack from the policies, where it belongs, onto the attendance, which is really a non-issue in any meaningful way.
12/19/2001: vive la france
12/19/2001: princess, redux
12/19/2001: yemen and rumsfeld
12/18/2001: you're NOT in the army now
12/18/2001: interesting donation
12/18/2001: shame on winn dixie, indeed
12/18/2001: saudi princess
12/17/2001: new resolve
12/17/2001: a victim of the attack ... yeah, right
12/17/2001: polluters ho!