Sunday, July 15, 2012

So why do we support the United Nations?

Why should the US be funding and supporting an organization that facilitates dictators in their power grabs? But that is what we do every day at the United Nations. Jonah Goldberg cites some of the more recent examples of villainy emanating from the UN.
The U.N. has been working hand-in-glove with the Chinese government to make the Chinese one-child policy as efficient and ruthless as possible. “Our conclusion is that the [United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)] is directly responsible for forced abortions and forced sterilizations in China,” Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, recently told Congress in prepared testimony.

Of course, not everyone dislikes the one-child policy. Vice President Biden has supported it, and President Obama restored UNFPA’s funding when he took office. So let’s move on.

Lots of people like the Internet, right? Well, good news! The U.N. wants to take it over. The International Telecommunications Union, a U.N. organization, is secretly debating proposals to claim jurisdiction over the Web and take it out of America’s hands. The major forces behind this push: authoritarian regimes eager to censor their domestic Internet and monitor their citizens. Russia and some Arab countries, reports the Wall Street Journal’s Gordon Crovitz, want the power to read private e-mail. Others want to tax cross-border Web traffic. And countries like China are working hard to bribe, bully, or barter votes in favor of the U.N. takeover.
You see, that’s what dictatorships do at the U.N.: work to make the world safe for dictatorships. The most brutal regimes on the planet are constantly trying to get on or game the Human Rights Council so they can spend all of their time condemning Israel and blocking any attempts to censure their own regimes.
But what of all those fine-sounding groups that seek to secure peace and justice throughout the world? Well, when all nations, regardless of government, are equally valued you get such idiocies as these:
Not everything the U.N. does is evil. Some of it is just incompetent. The whole of what passes for the “international community” has been trying to enforce sanctions on Iran and North Korea. But nobody told the U.N.’s intellectual-property agency, it was revealed earlier this month, so they went ahead and gave North Korea and Iran computers and IT equipment.

A few days later, the invaluable human-rights group U.N. Watch reported that Iran was elected to the U.N. Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, despite having just been declared guilty — in a U.N. Security Council report! — of illegally shipping guns and bombs to Syria.

Speaking of Syria, which is currently violating agreements to not murder its own people, it recently had a big victory at the Human Rights Council. Syria co-sponsored and passed a resolution pushed by Cuba (and supported by the usual Legion of Doom nations) to establish a “Right to Peace.” The document is a lot of boilerplate until you get to the part where it says “all peoples and individuals have the right to resist and oppose oppressive colonial, foreign occupation.” This is Middle East–speak for “It’s okay to blow up Israelis.”
So just why do we give our money and respect to this organization? It's all for the feel-goodism of saying we belong to a multi-national organization. No American leader has the moral courage to push forward with pulling us out of the UN. The fantasy of what the UN was supposed to stand for when it was first created is enough to exert sway over people's imaginations, rather than their brains. Reality is not even in the same ball park, yet we must preserve the illusion. This is what we have come to - funding the fantasy rather than recognizing the reality.

2 comments:

Rick Caird said...

The US was the primary driver of the UN after WWII. I suspect no one wants to admit failure.

Second, too many people see the UN as a pretty building in New York which advocates for peace. Few understand the nefarious and corrupt organization it really is.

I would like to see the US eject the UN from New York and relocate it to some place in the middle of Africa. We can then reduce our contributions to some more reasonable level and opt out of treaties such as LOST, The Small Arms Treaty, and any internet fiasco they come up with.

mdgiles said...

Because the "One World" types simply cannot admit how bad that "One World" would be. They much rather pretend that the UN is an example of "One World" success.