THROW THE UNITED NATIONS
ON THE ASH HEAP OF HISTORY
By Alan Caruba
By 1939, a resentful Germany started World War II, and, these days, the world’s attention is fixed on a block of Middle Eastern nations that were the literal invention of those demented diplomats who, after World War I, put together nation-states like Iraq and Jordan by drawing lines on a map. The League of Nations stopped holding meetings during World War II and, on April 18, 1946, transferred its assets to the newly minted United Nations.
It had taken a scant 27 years for League of Nations to die of its own ineptitude. The United States of America never joined the League because the U.S.A. did not want to cede its sovereignty to an international body whose actions might conflict with the American Constitution. Having learned nothing from Woodrow Wilson’s failure, Franklin D. Roosevelt pushed hard to create the United Nations, a legacy taken up, upon his death, by Harry Truman.
Other than some successes dealing with aid to refugees and famine relief, the League of Nations was a failure. The League was most notably unable to stop nations from going to war with one another.
The League's most potent weapon was the use of boycotts. Today’s United Nations depends mostly on “sanctions” or “resolutions” issued by the UN Security Council.
These days, the UN Security Council includes the United States of America and three other permanent members with veto powers, France, China and Russia, each of which is intent on thwarting the ambitions of the Bush administration to expand constitutional democracy throughout the world. It was this same Security Council that issued seventeen resolutions warning Saddam Hussein of dire consequences, if he did not heed their demands to stop trying to stockpile weapons of mass destruction.
Through the UN's humanitarian Oil-for-Food program, Saddam managed to bribe France and Russia, with China going along, to ignore his massive looting of the program in order to build more luxurious palaces and give grants to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, among a long list of criminal acts that were finally ended when the United States military drove into downtown Baghdad. We killed both his evil sons and hauled him out of a hole in the ground.
In his book, The U.N. Exposed: How the United Nations Sabotages America’s Security, Eric Shawn, a senior correspondent and anchor for the Fox News Channel, takes the reader behind the scenes to reveal an utterly corrupt international institution. Like its predecessor, the League of Nations, the UN has demonstrated the maniacal insanity of expecting nations to cooperate with one another for any other reason than self-interest.
“The United Nations has proven that it does not have the backbone to stand against tyrants, that its members abuse its systems for shortterm gain, that it is careless with the money it’s given, that its employees and contractors cannot be wholly trusted to execute its lofty ambitions, and that even its humanitarian efforts are undermined and shortchanged as a result,” says Shawn. If it were a private corporation, the UN would be deemed a criminal enterprise.
Moreover, since all 191 member-nations have a vote in the General Assembly equal to that of the U.S.A., there is a farcical aspect to the fact that it is the money provided by U.S. taxpayers that largely keeps the institution functioning. “The 2005 UN assessment for the United States stood at $2.2 billion, and that figure is pushed skyward by funding for UN-related development banks, resulting in a total of $3.7 billion,” notes Shawn. The poorest member-nation can buy in for a mere $17,795 in annual dues.
What does the United Nations want today? More money! “The major financial goal of the millennium plan is the requirement that wealthy nations commit to spending 0.7 percent of their gross national product for development in the Third World by channeling the billions through the UN system.” Shawn notes that, “Over years, the potential for graft and abuse could dwarf what Saddam achieved by perverting the Oil-for-Food program.”
Not only has the United Nations proved itself to be incapable of mediating the avoidance of armed conflicts throughout the world, it has also distinguished itself by becoming the most corrupt and criminal organization on the face of the Earth.
It is time to end U.S. participation in -- i.e., funding of -- the United Nations, and time, at the very least, to invite it to relocate its headquarters somewhere else. Anywhere else will do.
It is time for the U.S.A. to formally withdraw from the vast matrix of UN treaties and protocols, which already impose themselves on America and restrict our national sovereignty.
It is time to take the lead in the creation of an international organization of exclusively constitutional democratic nations. It is time to toss the UN on the ash heap of history, where it can join the League of Nations.
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Alan Caruba is a veteran business and science writer, a Public Relations Counselor, and Founder of the National Anxiety Center, a clearinghouse for information about media-driven scare campaigns. Caruba writes a weekly commentary, "Warning Signs," posted on the Internet website of the National Anxiety Center, which is located at www.anxietycenter.com.
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