The reason: the UN is pondering Syrian membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council.
The Times criticizing the UN? Are the end times near?
No; the Times is attempting to protect the “credibility” of the UN.
Credibility, eh? Like the fact that Libya, until a couple of months ago, was itself a member of the Human Rights Council?
This is all reminiscent of Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain "I’ve had one motto I’ve always lived by: Dignity. Always dignity.”