You’ve checked the “facts” and found evidence to the contrary, have you?
Maybe you haven’t been following the UN breastfeeding resolution story, the latest chapter in this remarkable saga. From the New York Times:
A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.
Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes.
Then the United States delegation, embracing the interests of infant formula manufacturers, upended the deliberations.
The measure was being introduced by Ecuador. The US ambassador to Ecuador, who bears a striking resemblance to Al Capone, immediately threatened Ecuador with major trade sanctions and the withdrawal of military aid. Ecuador had no choice but to meekly comply and withdraw the resolution. For a while, no other country dared re-introduce it.
Then Putin stepped in.
Trump’s UN delegation was the political equivalent of an aggressive yappy little dog, and Putin was like the alpha dog that gives one sharp bark of warning, and the yappy little dog scurries away with its tail between its legs. Russia re-introduced the resolution and the US sat quietly in the corner, scratching its fleas.
This story is tragically sad but so bizarre that it’s almost funny in a perverse kind of way. Putin’s vision of Russia regaining Soviet-like hegemony is no secret, nor is the threat that it poses over neighboring regions, especially and most immediately Ukraine. Watch Trump lift sanctions against Russia in the coming months to help things along. Ecuador deserves punishing sanctions, yes, for promoting mother’s milk, but not Russia – all they did was invade a neighboring country.