The End of a Road “Paved With Good Intentions” – Part 3
The United States provides far more funds to the U.N. than any other of the 193 member nations. The latest figures show at least a $5 billion dollar investment in “peacekeeping” and a provision of 22% of the U.N. budget. The United States also provides the U.N. with building space in New York for it’s headquarters. The United States is one of the permanent members of the Security Counsel, the most powerful council in the U.N., as well as one of the founding members. How has our nation, and the nations of the world, benefited from such a large investment? We haven’t. In fact, we have essentially paid the U.N. to make things worse for us and the world.
I mentioned the power of the Security Council in the U.N. They have authority to veto any proposal. There are 5 permanent members and a veto can come from any Security Council member. Resolutions proposed by the Security Council generally carry the greatest weight and have the greatest chance of passing the General Assembly. However the huge problem with all of this authority is there are no real consequences for violating a Security Council resolution.
An early example of this was the Bangladesh liberation war and the 1971 Bangladesh atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army on Bengali Hindus…the UN was completely ineffective in preventing the genocide and military intervention by India was the only thing to stop the mass murder. In the 21st century, the most prominent …example is the Darfur crisis, in which Arab militias, supported by the Sudanese government, committed repeated acts of ethnic cleansing and genocide against the indigenous population. Thus far, an estimated 300,000 civilians have been killed in what is the largest case of mass murder in the history of the region, yet the UN has continuously failed to act against this …ongoing human rights issue.
What about the Arab-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. This is arguably the hottest of hot spots for violence in the world. Here is a prime chance for effective, peaceful involvement by the U.N. Yet the U.N. has regularly and solely taken to criticizing Israel and supporting the Arab/PLO side in any conflict.
According to Robert S. Wistrich, “a third of all critical resolutions passed by [the UN] Human Rights Commission during the past forty years have been directed exclusively at Israel. By way of comparison, there has not been a single resolution even mentioning the massive violations of human rights in China, Russia, North Korea, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Syria, or Zimbabwe.”
Can anyone actually believe that Israel is worse concerning human rights than North Korea?
The UN has also regularly criticized its biggest benefactor, the United States, for “human rights” violations all the while having nations such as Libya, a real rights violator, as the head of their Human Rights Commission. A recent example of this is from a UN adviser to the Human Rights Commission who blamed the Boston bombings on America.
What is even worse is what has happened when the UN intervenes with “peacekeeping” forces.
In the 1996 UN study The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, former first lady of Mozambique Graça Machel documented: “In 6 out of 12 country studies on sexual exploitation of children in situations of armed conflict prepared for the present report, the arrival of peacekeeping troops has been associated with a rapid rise in child prostitution.” …In 2011, a United Nations spokesman confirmed 16 Beninese peacekeepers were barred from serving with them because they failed to maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse. Sexual misconduct by United Nations troops had earlier been reported in Congo, Cambodia and Haiti, as well as in an earlier incident involving Moroccan peacekeepers in Côte d’Ivoire.
The final nail in the metaphorical “coffin” of the U.N. is found in what they envision for the future of our world, the infamous Agenda 21. This is a global plan to achieve what they call “sustainable development” throughout the world. In order to achieve this it will mean that humanity, especially the United States, severely reduce their consumption of energy and resources. In order for that to happen, we would need to have our very form of government fundamentally changed so that individual and family rights be ceded to the U.N.
The better path is to withdraw our membership from this corrupt and harmful organization. The U.N. should then be evicted from the building and it should be rented out for prime office space. At least then something productive might come from that location, which would be a huge improvement over the performance of the U.N.