Friday, October 24, 2008

Happy BDay UN!

Today is Un Day!

Wheee! So what?

"There are millions of people alive today who did not die from a
preventable disease because of the United Nations and its agencies. Some diseases have been basically eradicated from the face of the earth.

Like Polio.

"In 1988, when the UN-sponsored Global Polio Eradication Initiative
began, there were 350,000 cases of polio in the world. Today? Fewer than 1,500. This success comes on the heels of the global eradication of smallpox by the World Health Organization almost 20 years earlier."

Today, UN agencies are on the front lines on the fight against HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB and other less well known but equally deadly conditions like obstetric fistula.

ED Kain at the essential NeoConstant shares that the UN is a far different org than when she was first created after the world wide horror that intolerant autocratic despotries inflicted on the world.

In the new millennium, UN is more like

"...a corrupt organization that protects genocide while denouncing fledgling democracies. The hypocrisy is staggering."

UN charter reveals her goal was and is

"To save succeeding generations from the scourge of 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."

UN's track record is quite pitiful in conflict resolution (note neither India or Pakistan ever want a UN cease fire) UN's easy come easy go treatment of aggressors and defenders as both being equal have totally queered the mix.

Seems only ME despotries and or their proxies ever cry out for the UN to step in.

The fix is up to Great Satan and

"This will take very rigorous diplomacy on America’s part, especially since America has reached new lows of unpopularity and mistrust around the world. Ironically, this has occurred simultaneously with the election of some of the most pro-US European leaders to take office in years. It is a promising, ironic, and dangerous world we entrust to the next American President.

Our allies can live up to that title more in the coming years, as can America, and we can do more to convince other democracies that this war against radicalism, proliferation of nuclear arms, and terror is one that we all must face together. It is a struggle that we cannot face alone, and that our allies cannot wish away. America should lead, but it should not leave behind the rest of the free world. Globalization has changed the game. In a world in which economies are inextricably bound to one another, the question can never only be one of national security–it is international security that must be achieved.

If the United Nations cannot bring this about, effectively abandoning its mission, and choses instead to cater to the tyrants and demagogues rather than uphold the principles of democracy and freedom, then America must find a new way to shore up its international support. We cannot go it alone for another eight years, nor can we fall victim to the easy road of moral relativity, tolerating the dangerously intolerant.

The time has come to throw out both options: futile international efforts and cowboy politics, and to seek out new ways to create a safer, more peaceful world, whoever our next President may be."


Critical Thinker said...


Found this on FPRI, kind of bounces off what you were talking about here. It's a little lengthy but a good read.


Findalis said...

The UN is a good example of what happens to an organization when the crooks and morons get a hold of it.

Skunkfeathers said...

I reckon the best thing the US can do with the UN is ship it to Europe, and ignore it.