Defund the United Nations

Posted by: Phineas on December 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm

When I was young, I used to be amused by the crudely-made billboards I’d see along the highways in Southern California that demanded we get out of the UN. Usually they were put up by some John Birch-affiliate, whom I would write off as a bunch of kooks.

Well, I still do think of John Birch and their conspiracy theories as lunatic (thank you, Bill Buckley, for banishing them from the conservative movement), but the sentiment of saying bye-bye to the United Nations now strikes a chord with me. A corrupt playground for dictators and tyrants, it’s also convened two of the worst antisemitic assemblies held by any national government or international agency since the Wansee conference*, “Durban I” and Durban II,” the UN “World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.” Now they want to hold “Durban III” — in New York City.

Roger L. Simon is, like any decent person would be, outraged:

To return to the langue diplomatique, these events are la vie a l’envers — life upside down. They are the reverse of what they pretend to be and should be labeled the “World Conference for the Promotion of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.” I attended Durban II in Geneva – you can see some reports here and here — and I can say personally that I have never seen anything as quite literally insane. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the keynote speaker of a human rights conference.

The whole thing virtually broke down when several European delegates walked out on the Iranian despot in the midst of one of his predictable anti-Semitic screeds (the US, despite some equivocation, had ultimately declined to go in the first place). UN officials ran and hid from the media after this debacle and you would think they wouldn’t want to repeat such a disgrace but… here they go again with Durban III this September… and in New York, of all places.

These events (I, II and, most probably, III) are basically Festivals of Anti-Semitism, and the UN membership — a substantial portion anyway — just can’t stop themselves from doing it again. It’s pathological, really. They pay lip service to the idea the anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism, but this notion has become increasingly risible. UN attention to tiny Israel (still with under eight million population — less than L.A. county) is nearly as big as all other states combined. Why is that? By 1992 alone there were 65 resolutions concerning Israel. By January 2009, this number rose to 225. All these resolutions are largely led by Islamic states that are basically judenrein, although many of them had substantial Jewish populations in the past.

It’s a black comic moral travesty and our money is paying for it.

The first steps should be to stop this outrage from happening on American soil: official protests (Where is the State Department on this, Madame Secretary?), a denial of funds from Congress (Hello, House Republicans!), a refusal of entry into the US for any delegates, and, if need be, public protests at the conference itself.

And, once it’s held –wherever it’s held– we should walk out of the United Nations, itself; an irredeemable, farcical organization unworthy of our time, our money, and the validation our presence gives it.

Maybe it’s time to make my own billboard.

*And, yes, I’m making that comparison deliberately.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Dave Dooling says:

    I’m no fan of the U.N. and the directions it takes. It would be nice not to have to put up with them. But what kind of mischief would they cause if we were not involved? Yes, stay in the U.N., if only to keep an eye on the scoundrels and a veto.

  2. Great White Rat says:

    What kind of mischief indeed, Dave? Without Uncle Sap footing the bill, the UN wouldn’t be able to afford to do any mischief. And it’s long since lost any moral capital it ever had.

    Dont think that anyone else will start to pick up the tab. Those dictators and corruptocrats who make up 75% of the membership stay in for two reasons: it gives them a free platform to preen in front of the world and fire verbal spitballs at the US, and they get to enjoy New York nightlife while they do it. If they have to pay for it themselves, and it’s moved to someplace like Khartoum, they’ll want nothing to do with it.

    No, if the US withdraws, and evicts that sewer of anti-Semitism and corruption from our shores, the UN will dry up and blow away in short order.

  3. swift boater says:

    Here is an easy solution- very easy. Once dear Leader is out in 2013 downgrade the UN Ambassador from a Cabinet level (Reagan made that mistake).

    Second easy one- tell them they lose all diplomatic privileges in one year and that they will be treated like any other foreigners walking the streets of NYC. Pay up those parking tickets as you leave.

    And guess what? They shouldn’t miss a beat of anti-Israel resolutions because their is a much bigger UN complex in Africa, I think Nigeria or Kenya, not sure. But it can easily house all the UN’s useless agencies.

    See how all the worlds press likes moving from NYC to Africa. Bet all the UN BS goes from page 1 to page B26. When it’s covered at all, that is.

  4. Kate says:

    Those are great and workable ideas swift boater. I think with support of the US citizenry you could actually get those ideas pushed through. Mayor Bloomberg would probably appreciate the boost for NYC monetary intake if the UN privileged abusers actually were penalized and made to pay parking fines, etc.

    Perhaps the Homeland Security could arrest some of the kingpins of these terror states at the airports? Why are they allowed on US soil at all?

    The UN has no real power…they can’t control rouge states with their tepid sanctions. This has been proven over and over again. ANy good they do (i.e. UNICEF) can be taken over by NPO’s at one tenth of the cost.

  5. I don’t know, Dave, the current administration decided to reverse the Bush presidency decision not to join the UN’s Human Rights Council for that very reason. The Obama Admin thought we would have better influence on the council than off. Of course the council includes countries such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea and China which makes the use of the title “Human Right Council” an oxymoron.

    If that weren’t bad enough, this past fall, the U.S. underwent a Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the council that is supposed to legitimately review a country’s human rights record. Instead, Cuba set up an ambush and, according to UN Watch in Geneva:

    Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Russia, China, Algeria, Bolivia, Nicaragua and several Muslim states accused America of genocide, war crimes, and systematic anti-Muslim and anti-African racism. …The rogue list was challenged last week in the Human Rights Council chamber by U.S. allies but the UN allowed it to apply.

    This is why the UN has lost any influence it may have had –when country’s like Cuba, Iran, North Korea and etc., can promote their “accomplishments” and criticize others as if they are moral equals, morality and human rights fly out the window. In the name of giving every country an equal and fair shot at the table, the UN has lost any standards of decency.