The United Nations, often ridiculed as the “dictators club” by critics, is actually the “Parliament of Humanity” and “a beacon for all humanity,” declared UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (shown) in statements celebrating UN Day on the 70th anniversary of the global outfit’s founding.

In a bizarre speech given in New York City amid the controversial celebrations, the UN boss even went perilously close to deifying the scandal-plagued organization he leads, claiming it brings hope, peace, security, and sustenance to the world. He also said humanity has a duty to unite behind the UN and its blue flag. The dangerous implications of turning the dictator-dominated UN into a global parliament, though, were left unaddressed.

The extremist remarks from the UN chief came ahead of the UN’s global celebration of UN Day on October 24. This year, the festivities saw hundreds of monuments — ranging from Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and the Great Wall of China to the Empire State Building in New York City — turned “UN Blue” as part of a “turn the world UN Blue” gimmick. The theme of this year’s anniversary: “Strong UN. Better World.” Various UN leaders, dictators, and government officials also praised the UN and its efforts. Obama, a staunch UN proponent, joined in, too, issuing a “presidential proclamation” urging all 50 governors and “officials of all other areas under the flag of the United States” to “observe United Nations Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” He also called on everyone to “summon the spirit of unity and cooperation at the heart of the United Nations Charter.”

To mark the occasion, which often sees American critics of the UN burn its controversial blue flag in anti-UN ceremonies, UN boss Ban said there is only one flag for all humanity: the UN flag. “National flags are a mark of pride and patriotism in every country around the world,” he said in a statement sent out with a press release. “But there is only one flag that belongs to all of us.” Growing up in wartime Korea, Ban continued, the blue flag of the UN was a “banner of hope for me.” Of course, the UN, its founders, and many of its member regimes were primarily responsible for the horrors Ban alluded to, so it was not immediately clear why the UN flag would represent a banner of hope. Meanwhile, the mass-murdering regime in North Korea remains a proud UN member to this day, with a vote in the UN General Assembly given equal weight to the vote of the U.S. government.

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