Once again, the United Nations is trying to save the world from those who might offend crazy people, but they’re going to need some assistance from cartoonists.

The blog “Little Green Footballs” pointed out yet another reason to hate the United Nations — as if the list needed to be any longer.

The U.N. conducts a “The Unlearning Intolerance Series,” which are seminars aimed at encouraging good people and nut cases to find middle ground and come to a mutual understanding as to why the good people often deserve to be killed by the nut cases. At least, that seems to be the point.

Here’s the stated goal of “Cartooning for Peace:

The anger and divisiveness engendered by the publication of the caricature of Prophet Mohammed and the recent controversial exhibit on the Holocaust suggest both a sense of the power and of the necessity of responsibility in the art of cartooning. The choice of this particular topic at the present time will, we hope, offer another opportunity for the United Nations to be a forum where difficult, but necessary, questions are raised and addressed, not only to suggest answers but to spur non-confrontational thought, debate, and enquiry.

Here’s the schedule:

Registration
9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
United Nations lobby, First Avenue at 46th Street

Welcoming Remarks by Under-Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor
10:05 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Opening Statement by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.

Keynote Speech by Jean Plantu
10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Morning Panel
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Should the Cartoonist Educate?
(The Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information to open and moderate the panel discussion)

Question and Answer Session
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Open discussion between and among the panelists, discussants and the audience

Break
12:25 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Panel
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Should Responsibilities Abridge Rights?
(The Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information to open and moderate the panel discussion)

Question and Answer Session
4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Open discussion between and among the panelists, discussants and the audience

Closing remarks
5:30 p.m – 5:45 p.m.

Leave it to the United Nations to schedule a 2 hour and 35 minute lunch.

Does anybody remember back when cartoons were funny?

After the above takes place, I’ll be conducting bonus seminars. It’s going to be a late-nighter, so bring an energy drink. Here’s that schedule:

6 p.m. – 6:10 p.m. — Secretary General Annan briefly discusses his recent experience as Morgan Freeman’s stunt double on the set of “Oil for food: This time, it’s personal.”

6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. — Cartoon open discussion. Topic: How does United Nations resembles Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner?

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.. — Dinner (Guest chef: Jimmy Carter serves duck ala malaise with appease & carrots)

10:15 p.m. - 11 p.m. – Jenga to combat global warming

11:15 p.m. – Midnight — Hopscotch for nuclear disarmamant

12:15 a.m. – 1 a.m. — “Chutes & Ladders” against bigotry

1:15 a.m. – 2 a.m. — Offering turndown service for Kim Jong Il if he agrees not to test any more nukes: Did we go too far?

2:15 a.m.: Depart for hotels, rest for tomorrow’s conference: “Divide and sell: How we plan to market our new ‘great appeasers’ line of Precious Moments figurines.

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