Thursday, June 15, 2006

Conversation with a Taxi Driver

We arrived in Vancouver this afternoon, and took the taxi to the University of British Columbia. Our driver was of Somalian-origin, who instantly said "Assalamu'alaikum" after he found out that we were from Indonesia.

I remember two things that he said, responding to our being here on United Nations business.

One is that UN Headquarters should move from New York to Vancouver (or anywhere but the US), so that the UN would not be biased to US interests, and that it would stop "changing diapers" for the US.

Another is that he's not interested in working for the UN. Especially if their actions keep tending to back (or at least legitimize) the US' "mistakes."

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