SPEAKING OUT AGAINST THE UNITED NATIONS:
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By Alan Caruba
Well, friend, welcome to Kookville! Turns out that the United Nations is not simply incapable of stopping wars and genocides, it is so utterly corrupt that it needs to be eliminated entirely in the hope that the many other existing international organizations, treaties, and unilateral and bilateral relations can be allowed to do what the UN will not and cannot.
Hopefully, 2005 will be the year that historians will mark as the one in which this bloated international criminal conspiracy implodes from its own dead weight.
This is not a new thought to me, but it resurfaced as I read an October 9 news article about “a tough new anti-terrorism resolution aimed at stemming attacks on civilians by denying terrorists safe havens, weapons, financial resources, and freedom of movement.” Introduced by the Russian Federation, it was unanimously passed by the UN Security Council. It was described as strengthening the “essential coordinating role of the United Nations in the international campaign against the terrorist threat.”
This is the same United Nations that did nothing when Red China invaded and occupied Tibet. And then gave Taiwan’s seat to Red China.
This is the same United Nations that stood by while Rwanda went about the business of slaughtering hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.
This is the same United Nations that has been unable to stop the Sudan from conducting genocide against more than a million of its Christian citizens. And Sudan is a member of the UN Human Rights Commission!
This is the same United Nations that has been unable to persuade Syria to withdraw its occupation troops from Lebanon.
This is the same United Nations that has stood by, for years, as the Palestinians waged a terrorist campaign against the Israelis and then chided the Israelis for building a fence as a means to defend themselves.
This is the same United Nations that needed a coalition led by the United States of America to force Iraq to withdraw from its invasion of Kuwait, and then spent twelve years passing one useless resolution after another to get Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to disarm. After its Oil-for-Food administrators and key members of its Security Council wallowed in corruption, it faintly blessed the U.S. effort to remove an important base for terrorist planning, training, and funding. And remove an evil dictator from power.
This is the same United Nations that needed the United States of America to intervene when the North Koreans invaded South Korea in the 1950s and whose atomic energy agency has been unable to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. Now, Iran is thumbing its nose at the UN. It’s not nuclear proliferation that is the problem; it’s which country is led by people deemed most likely to use these weapons. The mere prospect of a nuclear exchange drove Pakistan and India to the table to resolve longtime conflicts.
And, yes, this was the United Nations that stood by while the United States pursued a noble, but ill-fated war against the North Vietnamese, after they invaded South Vietnam.
The United Nations has been unable to respond to outbreaks of violence in Haiti, Somalia, Cambodia and Kosovo, to name just a few places where it has demonstrated its ineptitude.
It is the same United Nations that is trying to cover up the biggest scandal in history, the Oil-For-Food program it administered -- the program which put billions into the hands of Saddam Hussein, allowing him to bribe France, China and Russia, among others, to sell armaments to Iraq, expensive armaments he bought while Iraqi citizens were dying from malnutrition, disease and the butchery characteristic of Saddam’s regime.
As the scholar Jeremy A. Rabkin points out, “The Security Council has never authorized outside military intervention solely to protect people from slaughter at the hands of their own government.”
Now, three years since 9-11, an event that changed not just the United States, but alerted the entire world to the threat posed by an organization that is not a nation, but a group of fanatics dedicated to forcibly imposing Islam on the entire world, the Security Council has passed another useless resolution, vowing to do something about the Islamist Jihad that is being waged against the civilized world.
Meanwhile, the United Nations has been largely sustained by the nearly twenty-five percent of its annual budget paid by the United States, plus the $1.4 billion the U.S.A. gives to United Nations’ programs and agencies. U.S. taxpayers fund more of the UN’s activities than all of the other 177 member nations. At the same time, the vast majority of the recipients of U.S. foreign aid routinely vote against the policies of the United States. Most of those opposing U.S. initiatives come from Africa and the Middle East.
Since the founding of the United Nations in 1945, there have been 291 wars resulting in 22 million deaths. The U.S. Department of State lists 36 terrorist organizations operating with impunity in at least 60 UN member-nations. Fully 102 of 191 member-nations do not have completely free and democratic governments. Forty-seven member-nations are dictatorships and the UN roster includes six terrorist states.
A Gallup poll in September, 2003, found that sixty percent of Americans said the UN was doing “a poor job.” It’s not just doing a poor job; it is actively seeking to undermine the concept of sovereignty for every nation in the world. It is actively seeking to become a world government. It wants to impose its own taxes. It wants its own military force. It wants to ban ownership of guns. It wants control of the world’s oceans and seas. Its Kyoto Protocol will seek to impose limits on the use of various forms of energy vital to industrialized nations, while exempting some, like China and India.
There are elements of the United Nations that are doing some good work. It has helped refugees. Its World Health Organization presumably tries to improve conditions. There are, I’m sure, other examples, but, overall, the UN is a cesspool of corruption and the nexus of evil that blithely ignores its original mandates.
So, if by now you have been or are ready to join the rest of us kooks who want the U.S.A. to withdraw its support, welcome to Kookville. Welcome to the existing and growing majority of Americans who think it’s time to withdraw from the United Nations and find other means to address the world’s problems, unilaterally, bilaterally, and effectively.
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