Dysfunctional, corrupt, wasteful, undemocratic --- these are the words which best describe the United Nations.
Yet strangely, Canadians generally hold this institution in high esteem.
That's why it took something akin to courage for the Harper government to boycott the UN's "anti-racism" conference scheduled to take place next year.
Of course, the government is doing the right thing.
As the Canadian Coalition for Democracies put it, "the last UN anti-racism conference held in Durban in 2001 degenerated into a hate-fest of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel vitriol, while the most egregious human rights violators escaped criticism."