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by Edward L. Daley, The Bodacious Post
19 January 2003
Why can't the U.S. act unilaterally when it comes to military action?
Every time I turn on any cable news network lately my senses are inevitably assaulted by some carping, ignorant Hollywood celebrity with nothing better to do than voice their opinions on the looming war with Iraq. It seems as though you can't swing a dead cat these days without knocking over some talk show host like Phil Donahue or Larry King who's rushing to interview one of them, and without fail these self-appointed experts on world affairs round out their mindless peacenik oratories by mentioning that we need to follow the U.N.'s lead on the matter. We simply can't act 'unilaterally' when it comes to military conflict!
What I want to know is why? Why can't we decide for ourselves what's best for our country without consulting the United Nations? And who says we have any intention of acting unilaterally against anyone? Have these people never heard of Great Britain, Spain, Israel or Australia? Just because the U.N. may not be directly involved in an invasion of Iraq doesn't mean we'll be acting entirely alone if we decide to finally remove Saddam Hussein from power.
By the way, what makes these people think that the U.N. is somehow more qualified than us to determine the fate of brutal dictatorships? Do they have any idea what the U.N. is all about, or who runs it? Why do they insist upon holding it up as some sort of paragon of virtue while simultaneously dismissing the integrity of the single most free, just and philanthropic nation this planet has ever produced?
Apparently these people need a history lesson. Their unquestioning allegiance to the United Nations is disturbing to say the least, mostly because that entity, which they seem to view as some sort of ultimate moral authority is, for the most part, little more than a loose confederacy of Communist states and terrorist supporting dictatorships! It always has been, and it likely will continue to be for decades to come.
Here's a little background for those of you who've never bothered to look up the facts.
No U.N. delegate is democratically elected by the people of their country. 16 of the 17 people who shaped the U.S. policies which lead to the creation of the United Nations were later identified as members of the Communist Party by our State Department. It's first Secretary General, Alger Hiss, organized the San Francisco conference which gave birth to it. Hiss was later found to be a Soviet agent and subsequently imprisoned for lying under oath about his Communist activities.
In the 57 years since it's creation, every single U.N. Secretary General has been either a socialist or a Communist. Every Under-Secretary General for Political and Security Council Affairs has been a Communist, with the exception of one, and two thirds of the representatives within the Security Council, General Assembly and World Court are, and always have been, cronies of socialist, Communist and totalitarian states of various description.
Former Senator Barry Goldwater once called for the U.S. to withdraw from the U.N. and force it to relocate it's headquarters to a city "more in keeping with the philosophy of the majority of its voting members, somewhere like Peking or Moscow." Former President Ronald Reagan basically expressed the same sentiments, stating that the U.N. amounted to the greatest concentration of spies in the world.
The U.N.'s Charter would, if adopted by the U.S., destroy certain rights guaranteed by our Constitution, such as the right to firearm ownership. Just last year it held a conference in which representatives of various governments and anti-gun groups celebrated 'Small Arms Destruction Day', and the current Secretary General, Kofi Annan condemned the availability of guns to average citizens, referring to them as the world's "primary tools of violence". Funny, but I don't recall hearing about any suicidal terrorists using handguns or rifles to murder innocent people lately, do you?
The United Nations' Charter would also destroy the right to private property. President Reagan withdrew from the U.N.'s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1984 because of its "gross financial mismanagement, anti-American bias, and anti-freedom policies." However, UNESCO has designated 47 United Nations biosphere reserves in the U.S. amounting to some 70 million acres. The Florida Everglades is one such reserve, and this designation imposes land management policies which the U.S. must comply with under treaty requirements. This is clearly unConstitutional and ignores the basic principle of private property rights.
Of course, Congressional Democrats insist that the United States rejoin UNESCO. One State Department appropriations bill includes $60 million for that specific purpose.
The U.N. also creates certain global rights, such as the right of all people to immigrate and even receive welfare services in any country they choose to enter, the right for children to privacy (thus affording them the means by which to undergo abortions without parental consent) and ultimately provides itself, the U.N., the right to eradicate any individual country's rights which run contrary to the principles which it embraces. It's primary aim is the creation of a 'World Government' which strips the U.S. and all other countries of their sovereignty, which it considers just another barrier to be removed. In the words of former Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, "The time of absolute and exclusive sovereignty, however, has passed; its theory was never matched by reality."
The U.N. Human Rights Commission has repeatedly voiced it's disapproval of movements within this country to seal up our border with Mexico for the sake of our own national security, and opposes the building of a missile defense system. Still, one of the goals of the U.N. Millennial Summit was the establishment of a permanent standing U.N. Army on U.S. soil, and recently it fought tooth and nail against the idea of American servicemen being afforded immunity from prosecution by the International Criminal Court.
Last year the U.N. removed the United States from the Human Rights Commission, yet retained the People's Republic of China, which is without question one of the world's worst human rights violators. China, which also sits on the Security Council and the Counter- Terrorism Committee, routinely detains individuals for exercising their rights to freedom of association, freedom of religion and freedom of expression. The total number of persons in China detained without charge or sentenced administratively to reeducation camps solely for exercising these rights is estimated to be approximately 30,000. Torture of detainees is common in Chinese prisons, even though China became party to the U.N. Convention Against Torture 14 years ago.
Another country which sits on all three of the aforementioned committees is Syria. This country is on the U.S. State Department's list of states which sponsor terrorism. According to the 1998 S.D. annual report, 'Patterns of Global Terrorism', it provides safe haven and logistical support to terrorists. Damascus permits numerous terrorist groups such as Islamic Jihad, Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine to maintain their headquarters in that city and in other Syrian controlled territories. It also supplies Hizballah with military equipment via those territories.
The U.N. Human Rights Commission also has as a member, Fidel Castro's Cuba. It, as well, is on the U.S. list of states which sponsor terrorism, Castro's regime is widely recognized as a brutal dictatorship which oppresses it's own citizens and provides support and training for any number of terrorist organizations worldwide. The infamous Illich Ramírez Sánchez, known as Carlos the Jackal and responsible for numerous terrorist acts in Europe, trained in Cuba. Castro has spent more than $1 billion to set up a scientific infrastructure that former Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen once said could support an offensive biological warfare program. In fact, the former deputy director of the Soviet Union's biological weapons program stated that Cuba had one of the most sophisticated genetic engineering labs in the world.
The North African country of Libya is on the Human Rights Commission too. Last year President Bush signed legislation extending the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act for another five years. This member of the U.S. list of states which sponsor terrorism is controlled by the infamous Muammar Qaddafi, one of the worlds leading advocates of terrorism. In 1986, President Reagan ordered military strikes against Qaddafi for sponsoring a bombing attack on a West Berlin nightclub that killed an American serviceman, a Turkish woman and wounded more than 200 people. In 1988 Libyan born Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, who has close ties to Qaddafi, was responsible for the Pan Am Flight 103 crash over Lockerbie, Scotland. Libya has been one of the world's primary outposts of international terrorism for years, and according to intelligence sources in Africa, it is currently involved in funding radical guerilla forces in the Sierra Leone civil war.
The United Nations has been involved in 62 wars in 57 years. In fact, within five years of it being created, the U.S., among other countries, was at war in Korea, fighting under the U.N. flag. More than fifty thousand American soldiers lost their lives in that conflict, and now, half a century later, tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel remain stationed there with no plans of pulling out.
The General Accounting Office reports that Bill Clinton contributed nearly $25 billion to the U.N. for peacekeeping missions between 1995 and 2001. That money was never credited to the United States' account by the U.N.. Over the course of the years mentioned above, the United Nations conducted well over 2 dozen peacekeeping operations. As of today, over a half dozen of these operations are still going on in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa, and involve over 45,000 personnel. The GAO also found that even though 25% of the U.N.'s budget is paid by the U.S., Americans hold only a little over 7% of the positions there.
Still Kofi Annan and his cronies occupy prime real estate in Manhattan which has been donated by the American citizenry, and these 'diplomats' don't even have the common decency to pay their own parking tickets. They did, however, create an environmental program that includes standards currently being implemented in the United States which require that we Americans pay most of the world's environmental clean-up bill.
Let's not forget that Kofi is the guy who once sat in silence while Syria's President Bashar al- Assad called Israel "more racist than the Nazis". He has investigated various claims by 'Palestinians' of atrocities by Israel, including the alleged massacre in Jennin this past year. Of course, such a massacre never happened. Still the U.N. is reluctant to ever investigate the 'Palestinians' when innocent Israeli civilians are obviously murdered in cold blood by suicide bombers, something which happens practically on a weekly basis in Israel.
And then, of course, there's Hans Blix, the current Chief U.N. weapons inspector. The U.N. Security Council chose Blix for that position in 2000, and it has been reported that he was the committee's 24th choice overall. A Swedish politician named Per Ahlmark who has known Blix for several decades stated that "politically, he [Blix] is weak and easily fooled." He went on to remark " I can think of few European officials less suitable for a showdown with Saddam".
Dr. Blix was once the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. He was empowered to determine whether countries like Iraq were developing nuclear weapons, yet never found any evidence that Saddam Hussein was attempting to do such a thing. After the Gulf War, however, documents obtained by the United States established that Iraq was only months away from having a viable nuclear bomb. Blix was later quoted as saying " It's correct to say that the I.A.E.A. was fooled by the Iraqis."
Blix is actually not an inspector at all, but rather, a bureaucrat who was not in Iraq on the day the inspections began this year. He has stated that he has no intention of interviewing any Iraqi weapons scientists or other specialists outside of Iraq, even though doing so would probably be the single most effective way of discovering the location of any hidden weapons of mass murder in Iraq. You'll be pleased to learn though that his team has taken cultural sensitivity courses in order to avoid offending the Iraqis during their inspections.