WHO & WHAT DOES THE UN REPRESENT?
By Asaf Romirowsky
This brazen statement, this barefaced lie, is merely one of the latest and most egregious examples of Annan's and the UN's massive and continuing bias against Israel. On paper, the UN should be the one impartial force defending all constitutional democratic nation-states, but, in practice, the international organization doesn't even come close.
Woodrow Wilson's vision for the League of Nations as a forum of cooperation between nations was based upon the expectation that the international organization would promote constitutional, democratic, and free-market values. After this vision was incinerated by the rise of Nazism and Fascism, the ensuing reversion to barbarism, the practice of military aggression as the primary instrument of foreign policy and the outbreak and consequences of World War II, the victorious allies, in creating the United Nations, took some of the League's weaknesses to heart, providing the new international organization with mechanisms, such as the Security Council, for enforcement of the international will. Instead of living up to expectations, the UN has turned into a major repository of the systemic disease called anti-Semitism. And, instead of looking for a cure, UN members are actively looking for ways of spreading this epidemic through support and promotion of Islamism and its global Jihad against Western Civilization. The systematic bias against one, and sometimes two, member-states of the UN is clear through the hundreds upon hundreds of resolutions passed against Israel, the endless committees and investigations and resources lavished upon one conflict, and the ludicrous efforts at pretense of even-handedness that have characterized the UN since its inception.
The UN's abnormalities are certainly not confined to anti-Semitism. For many UN delegates, diplomatic immunity has become synonymous with fraudulent and scandalous behavior which does not have any consequences whatsoever. Just ask the parking division of the New York City Police Department.
This status of diplomatic immunity for UN delegates has allowed them to spread anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, pro-Arab, Islamist, and Jihadist propaganda right here in America. More serious, however, are the criminal actions of UN personnel, ranging from bribe-taking to pedophilia, that are thoroughly covered up by the institution the world over.
But anti-Israel bias remains the ideological pivot around which the entire institution revolves. Kofi Annan's recent appearance at a UN Palestine Day event, which astonishingly featured a map of the Middle East that conspicuously omitted Israel, is emblematic of the way in which the UN has transformed itself into a propaganda machine for such thinking.
Since Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, Israel has honored its commitment to peace. The UN required nothing of the sort from the Lebanese side of the border. The socalled "peacekeepers" of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL) continue to sit and do nothing, while Hezbollah trucks weapons, digs tunnels, and runs protection rackets in order to control the southern part of Lebanon. And, for this, UNFIL has a budget of about $100 million annually.
Moreover, Hezbollah's leadership is ferociously anti-American and anti-Western, as Nasrallah clearly made the "satanic connection" between America and Israel, saying, "the Arabs must understand that Israel is merely a battalion of the American army, and the United States is the principle enemy." On this, and on Hezbollah's often stated goal of destroying Israel, Annan and the UN have not a word.
UNIFIL's presence provided the international community with a false sense of confidence and a false impression of due diligence, while a terrorist organization systematically built up an arsenal of longrange rockets -- imported from Iran, with Syrian help -- and stored them in arms caches in civilian homes, mosques, and hospitals.
When Hezbollah militiamen cloaked themselves as UNIFIL personnel to attack and kidnap Israeli soldiers, UNIFIL ran interference for them. In 2001, after UNIFIL discovered two vehicles used by Hezbollah in the raid, stained with the blood of the injured Israeli servicemen, they promptly surrendered the evidence to Hezbollah upon its request. Shamelessly, the UN, as it later confessed, lied by denying its possession of videotapes that shed light on the abduction. The recent appearance of video footage shows UN personnel permitting, and perhaps participating in, the abduction of Israeli soldiers – soldiers who were subsequently murdered in cold blood.
There is no army other than the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) that takes every possible measure to minimize hitting civilians and noncombatants. The best example of this pattern of IDF behavior is probably what has become known in the UN corridors and pro-Arab circles as the "Jenin Massacre" -- labeled "Operation Defensive Shield" by the Israelis. In 2002, the IDF made a conscious decision to use infantry to flush out terrorists, rather than bomb them from the air and kill innocent civilians. Dozens of soldiers paid with their lives for upholding this standard
The above-mentioned incident only shows how deep Annan's ignorance goes, or better yet, how he only represents one camp – the Arab one.
Annan, in his own report on UNIFIL to the UN Security Council, stated that, "on the morning of 15 July, IDF announced via loudspeakers to the residents of [the Lebanese villages of] Ayta ash Shab and Marwallin that they should vacate their villages," clearly to minimize noncombatant casualties. This proves that Annan is well aware of how the IDF routinely sacrifices the element of surprise in order to spare innocent civilians.
The bottom line is that, until the UN changes its mandate, from serving as a forum of the least common denominator to functioning as an organization with a rudimentary sense of right and wrong, its agencies will reflect the depravity of the organization. UN agencies like UNIFIL will not prevent future conflict and will actually instigate it, unless it is clear that UNIFIL must act decisively to stop Islamic terrorists from attacking Israel and unless it is given the means to prevent provocations. Otherwise, any premature ceasefire will allow Hezbollah to survive with much of its arsenal intact and will invite a replay of recent events, only with greater human suffering.
Israel -- The Israeli-Arab Conflict
Middle East -- Arabs, Arab States,
& Their Middle Eastern Neighbors
Islamism & Jihadism -- Radical Islam & Islamic Terrorism
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War & Peace in the Real World
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Islamist Terrorist Attacks on the U.S.A.
Osama bin Laden & the Islamist Declaration of War
Against the U.S.A. & Western Civilization
Islamist International Terrorism &
U.S. Intelligence Agencies
U.S. National Security Strategy
Asaf Romirowsky is a Campus Watch associate fellow for the Middle East Forum and the Manager of Israel & Middle East Affairs for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
The foregoing article by Asaf Romirowsky was originally published on FrontPageMagazine.com, Septerber 21, 2006, and can be found on the Internet website maintained by the Middle East Forum.
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