In any event, the election occurred and, in somewhat of an upset, Mr. Hosni lost to Bulgarian diplomat Irina Bokova. And Mr. Hosni's reaction seemed to verify that it was the right choice:
Egypt's culture minister says a Western conspiracy "cooked up in New York" prevented him from becoming the next head of the UN's agency for culture and education.
Farouk Hosny says "European countries and the world's Jews" wanted him to lose.
I have to say that, as a Jew in the world (albeit not a spokesperson for "the world's Jews" in all its discrete, monolithic splendor), I did want Hosni to lose. But that's because Hosni's record as Culture Minister was one in favor of censorship, demagoguery, and prejudicial incitement, and that's not the sort of record we should reward with a promotion. By lashing out and blaming the Jews for his loss, he merely verifies that our instincts were correct on the matter.
I should, incidentally, also applaud the UN for bucking its recent trends and rejecting Mr. Hosni's candidacy. So often these elections seem to be very pro forma -- it was good to see the global community step up to the plate in favor of the open exchange of ideas and egalitarian ethos that is essential to a free culture.