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article imageOp-Ed: Is it time to give the UN the boot?

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By Johnny Simpson
May 14, 2010 in World
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In 1945 the UN was formed specifically to end wars, prevent genocide, champion human rights and provide humanitarian aid. The UN has not only failed in those core duties, it has become so financially and morally corrupt it is doing more harm than good.
WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED
* to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and
* to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and
* to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and
* to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
From the original United Nations Charter, signed on June 26, 1945.
Sad to say, the United Nations has fallen a long way from its original charter. There have been four genocides since its signing. In the 65 years since, the UN Security Council fiddled while Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia burned and the bodies piled up in the millions. Sudan still burns today to UN inaction. Where the UN has sent in its peacekeeping forces, as in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and the Ivory Coast, sickening tales of rape and war profiteering have emerged in a glut. But UN corruption is rampant and endemic from top to bottom. Kofi Annan, the former Secretary General of the UN, his son and others were implicated in profiteering from the Iraqi Oil-for-Food program to the tune of billions.
IPCC chief Rajendra Pachauri was recently implicated in profiteering from his job, and that's on top of shoddy research practices and the politicization of IPCC. And in the past two weeks, the UN has shamed itself greatly once again for appointing by unanimous consent the killers of Neda Soltan and rapists of female prisoners in Iran to the UN Women's Rights Council. And now, egregious human rights violator Libya has been appointed to the UN Human Rights Council. Why don't they just appoint Aryan Nation to oversee Jewish rights at the UN? Make it a trifecta of pure insanity? Perhaps the only thing more shameful is that UN Ambassador Susan Rice and President Obama have not voiced one single objection to these heinous appointments, or cast a single vote of dissent in outrage in the process. Why not?
The list of egregious moral oversights and corruption at the UN is nearly endless, from UNIFEM to the IPCC. UNIFEM, which contends to be the world watchdog of women's rights, didn't speak up once for Roxana Saberi during her unjust interment and eight-year sentence to Evin prison, or even include Iran in their last annual conference. UNIFEM seems more concerned with "gender-responsive budgeting" than the thousands of "honor killings" that plague the Middle East every year, and are now occurring even in the United States.
On that note, the UN solution to the problem of Isamist misogyny and human right violations, at least as far as Yemen, Iran and other Islamist extremist regimes/UN Members in Good Standing are concerned, was to propose an anti-blasphemy resolution heavy on offenses against Islam. If we can't talk about Islamist human rights abuses against women, gays or anyone else because it's blasphemy, not a problem, right? Like, say, complaining about UNRWA ambulances being used as APCs for Hamas terrorists in Gaza? Disgusting!
And now, the UN's World Health Organization is seeking tens of billions of dollars in new Internet and banking taxes to subsidize their operations, as the IPCC now seeks trillions in "Green" taxes and draconian liberty-restricting regulations imposed worldwide, i.e. heavy on the United States. Billions have already been wasted and lost in Africa to UN "climate change" programs, and now they want trillions? In short, what was established after the horrors of World War II to help keep the world free and safe, is now a financial and moral disaster which has not only failed miserably in its core charter responsibilities, but introduced even more agony into the lives of pre-pubescent African girls that the UN peacekeepers were charged to protect. To date, not one of those blue-helmeted child rapists has been prosecuted.
In summary, the UN, an organization originally charged with being the greatest public servant of world peace, freedom and human rights has become a bloated, morally corrupt and increasingly demanding master. The US provides 25% or more of the UN's annual budget. I for one am sick of seeing billions of American taxpayer dollars dropped into this financial and moral black hole year after year as the organization refuses to reform itself. The UN just will not address the glaring financial and moral corruption which has rotted the pure foundation of the ideals upon which it was built. Even in Haiti with $732M allotted, 96% of that money will be UN "overhead" for staff and other expenses, like luxury yachts for UN aid staff at the cost of $112K a day. $32M is slated for direct aid. What's wrong with this picture?
To be sure, I believe that the UN is free to engage in all the moral and financial corruption it wishes to. Just not anymore on our dime or on our shores. Of course, I totally expect this complaint to go unheeded by President Obama and our liberal Democrat government. If they won't even speak out when Iran and Libya are appointed vanguards of women's and human rights, they never will. But change is coming to America in November, and even more so in 2012. As in all matters, Americans will only take so much for so long. There will no doubt be many more UN scandals to come that will sicken the American people even further It's SOP at the UN. Perhaps a new future US government will clearly see that the UN has sunk from the ideal of world peacemaker and champions of the oppressed and needy to the reality of being in violation of every section of its charter. Just make sure they pay those $18M in back parking tickets before they go. I sure don't trust them to mail us a check after they're gone.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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