(AP Photo 09/26/08 Sorry, no more recent Ursulaproduct.)
Yes, yes, yes! Austria is totally the newest member of the super-special UN Security Club, and it's all due to Ursula! And she's so excited, and she just can't hide it:
"Austria has made it! We have been elected to become one of the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for the next two years," emphasised Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik following today’s decision by the UN General Assembly to entrust Austria with a seat in the UN Security Council for the period 2009-2010. Austria has won 133 votes already in the first round and therefore the necessary two thirds of the votes required for a seat. In these elections Austria has had two strong competitors, namely Turkey and Iceland as the representative of the Nordic states. We shall work together closely with our partner Turkey in a spirit of partnership. Turkey has earned much respect in recent months for its committed mediation initiatives in its neighbourhood - the Middle East and the Caucasus," according to Plassnik.
I totally feel safer already knowing the affable Austrian giantess and her mighty scarves will be making the world a safer place! And if, for some reason, you still aren't convinced she's the Anti-Condi, have a chuckle at this little dig at certain large nations which Ursula is too classy to call out by name:
"If we don’t want to leave the shaping of our world to the big states, medium-sized states like Austria, in particular, must be prepared to assume concrete responsibility. In this spirit today’s decision is also a sign of encouragement to all those who are committed to multilateralism. Indeed, we can only find common solutions to global challenges if we cooperate effectively," affirmed Plassnik.
Oh, snap! To whom could she possibly be referring, hmmmmm?
A hefty snort of glitter through the velvety nostrils goes out to Pony Pal™ Bob for waving this in front of me.
EDIT: Again I find myself addressing the many new readers of this blog! Click the "Ursula Plassnik" topic tag below to find out more about our towering Teutonic favorite!
UPDATE: Um, some new Pony Pals™ seem to think that Ursula is somebody I regard the same way I regard Condi, Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain. You are mistaken. Ursula Plassnik is quite possibly one of the coolest forces of peace in the world, and I encourage you to learn more about her before saying mean things about her. For real, OK?