Shortly before Ahmadinejad sucked the oxygen out of the room, Secretary General Ban Ki moon had some elegant words on the need to reach a global consensus in the common fight against racism.

Here’s the money quote:

Like Theodore Roosevelt, among others, my allegiance and sympathies have always been with the men and women in the arena, struggling with courage and determination to win the day.

It may be easier to criticize those efforts from afar, but it does not advance the universal cause.

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