UN Shows True Colors- White
In the past year the United Nations has made many controversial decisions, and many Americans are now saying, “Why do we belong to an organization that doesn’t follow through with their convictions?”
After 12 years and 16 resolutions asking Iraq to declare their weapons of mass destruction, the UN passed another resolution, Resolution 1441. Resolution 1441 asked that Iraq cooperate fully with UN weapons inspectors and declare any weapons or weapons programs that they may have. Within two months of this resolution, inspectors found 120 Al Samoud 2 missiles. The Al Samoud 2, a type of scud missile, can travel over 150 k.m. that classifies it as a ballistic missile which violates Resolution 1441. The U.N. didn’t do anything about this direct violation. It took Uncle Sam to come in and enforce 12 years of resolutions for them.
In January, Libya was elected to chair the Committee on Human Rights. Libya, under the rule of Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI a known supporter of terrorists has violated numerous human rights laws which the UN has even acknowledged.* The sad thing is that 33 countries voted to allow them to chair the committee, with only 3 dissenters. Does anyone else think that there is something wrong with this? This country, whom had sanctions suspended against them after doing a deal in handing over the bombers of Pan Am Flight103, had 33 countries vote for them to head a UN committee, if that doesn’t say that the UN is a joke what does?
Upon election to the chairmanship, the Libyan Ambassador said “The Commission must affirm the universality, indivisibility and complementarily of human rights, and that it must send a clear message that it will deal with human rights in all countries – not just some of them – taking into account the different religious, cultural and historical backgrounds in the world.”** Now read that last line again, “Taking into account the different religious, cultural and historical backgrounds in the world.” This means that if you torture or persecute people in your country and you say that it is a part of your religion, it is all right. We”re letting people be in charge of stopping the violation of human rights, and they say that if it’s due to religious, cultural, or historical reasons then it’s all right. Gee, I was always under the impression that torture and persecution were bad things.
On the UN Security Council there are 15 members, five are permanent and the other ten are voted on every two years. The five permanent members are the United States, Great Britain, Russia, France, and China. The members vote on procedural matters which need an affirmative vote of at least nine members out of the 15 and they also vote on substantive problems which require nine votes and the concurring votes of all five permanent members. This is often referred to as the veto power because if one of the permanent members does not vote for the resolution then it does not get passed. Now look at the last member of the permanent five China. The same China that limits the amount of babies a family can have at one, and that allows a baby to be killed at birth if it isn’t a boy. We allow these people to be able to veto resolutions.
As I write this, the Syrian ambassador is the chairman of the Security Council. You might be aware of the controversy surrounding Syria over the matter of supporting terrorists and creating a safe haven for them. As the war in Iraq closes it has become apparent that many Iraqis have escaped over the border into Syria and are being harbored there.*** The Syrians have also been accused of letting agents into Iraq to help fight American forces.
If the United States were to remove financial support for the UN, the UN would collapse in less than five years.**** The United States is the highest paying member of the UN, to whom they pay just under one billion dollars a year because the U.S. holds about 30% of the world economy. Other countries such as Japan, the second largest contributor, are complaining about what they pay in yearly dues because they feel it is too high. Even though the U.S. is the largest contributor it has the same voting power as Congo whose yearly dues are around US$13,500.
Ever since the war with Iraq, America has been asked to help out in all disputes and do the fighting for the UN while others watch and tell us what to do. We were virtually begged by the French and the United Nations to intervene in Liberia after being told by the same people not to interfere in Iraq. No country or organization should tell other countries or organizations what to do if they are not willing to do it themselves. I direct this particularly to Mr. Chirac and Mr. Annan.
The UN needs the U.S. more than the U.S. needs the U.N so why should the United States support the United Nations when time after time they refuse to play fair?
* United Nations, Human Rights Committee, El-Megreisi v. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 24 March 1994 http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/undocs/html/vws440.htm
** Ambassador Al-Hajjaji, United Nations. New York. 22 January 2003.
*** “Bush: Syria and Iran harbor terrorists” CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/07/21/politics/main564158.shtml
**** Admin. “February 4th 2003” Tell the People