Monday, March 31, 2003

On March 11, 2003, Lilly Wonka posted the following questions on her blog/website for reader consideration. Here is (verbatim) the post from Lilly's site:


In my email this morning from the wonderbar Cat from down under in Melbourne, Australia. Can anyone answer all of the following questions correctly? Some of you may be surprised at the answers. And then again, maybe you won't.

This was in MX Talk (Readers Letters) this afternoon 11/3/03. (For those that don't know MX is a free afternoon paper at train stations in Melbourne, Aus.)

It's time to test your knowledge of global politics with a quiz:

1. Which is the only country to have dropped bombs on more than 20 countries since 1945?

2. Which is the only country to have used nuclear weapons?

3. Which country was responsible for a car bomb which killed 80 civilians in Beirut in 1985, in a blotched assignation attempt, thereby making it the most lethal terrorist bombing in modern middle east history?

4. Which country's illegal bombing of Lybia in 1986 was described by the United Nations Legal Committee as a "classic case" of terrorism?

5. Which country rejected the order of the International Court of Justice to terminate its "unlawful use of force" against Nicaragua in 1986 and then vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on all states to observe international law?

6. Which country was accused by a United Nations-sponsored truth commission of providing "direct and indirect support" for "acts of genocide" against the Mayan Indians in Guatemala during the 1980's?

7. Which country unilaterally withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in December 2001?

8. Which country renounced efforts to negotiate a verification process for the Biological Weapons Convention and brought an international conference on the matter to a halt in 2001?

9. Which country prevented the United Nations from curbing the gun trade at a small arms conference in July 2001?

10. Aside from Somalia, which is the only other country in the world to have refused to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child?

11. Which is the only western country which allows the death penalty to be applied to children?

12. Which is the only G7 country to have refused to sign the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, forbidding the use of landmines?

13. Which was the only G7 country to vote against the creation of the International Criminal Court in 1998?

14. Which was the only other country to join Israel in opposing a 1987 General Assembly resolution condemning international terrorism?

15. Which country refuses to fully pay its debts to the UN, yet reserves its right to veto United Nations Resolutions?

I think these are excellent questions, and more voting age Americans should consider the answers very carefully. USA is a democratic country, meaning the people of America vote for a Government and provide them with a mandate to make these type of foriegn policy choices. These choices have repercussions and consequences and perpetuate a cycle of violence that can only get worse. Think about it.

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