The United Nations and Our National Sovereignty
by Andy Obermann
09 April 2004
World Court's "decision" that the US violated international law by sentencing
51 Mexican nationals to death is stunning on multiple levels.
Since the beginning
of the War on Terror, liberals have appealed to the “better senses” of our
leaders to incorporate a broad, United Nations based, coalition to combat
our enemies in the world. This coalition would grant “legitimacy” to
our efforts, while invoking the spirit of multi-lateralism and global hegemony.
These ideological opportunists include the likes of Senators Hillary Clinton
and Ted Kennedy, former Vice President Al Gore, and presidential candidate
After all, who would be against having multi-lateral support backed up by
the almighty UN? We would gain a great deal from it. European
nations, who have been our staunchest allies in the past, may again fall
in line, and demonstrate a strong message of power and unification to our
It may sound good on paper, but this hand over of power will do nothing but harm our nation.
Take, for example, the most recent case of UN interference with American
justice. Last week, the UN World Court in the Netherlands ruled that
the United States was in violation of the 1963 Vienna Convention -- which
protects the rights of foreigners convicted of “serious” crimes -- by sentencing
51 convicted felons to death. These inmates happened to be Mexican
nationals, who, under American law, were illegally working and living in
the United States.
Charles W. Hoffman, a State Appellate Defender, praised the ruling of the
court as necessary for the promotion of law and justice worldwide, “To recognize
the legitimacy of this ruling is to protect people all over the world.”
The United States Department of State has promised to “study the decision
carefully…in accordance with international law.”
A very telling point to this situation, and one that many seem to be missing,
is the fact that these men were sentenced to death. I can think of
only one reason someone is sentenced to death—if they murder another human
being! At least 30 of the 51 are, in fact, murderers. The rest
are a bit of a mystery, but I’m sure they fit the profile, as well.
In case the UN needs a review of American law, those who murder others are
up for capital punishment in most states! That’s how the system works—you
kill someone, you die. That simple!
No, no, in the strange world of the United Nations, this logic doesn’t fly.
It shouldn’t be surprising that an organization that tolerated the murderous
ambitions of a man like Saddam Hussein for over a decade, passing paper resolution
after paper resolution while thousands of Iraqis were tortured, murdered,
and buried in mass graves, would raise flags when dozens of cold-blooded
murderers were apprehended, convicted, and sentenced to an appropriate punishment.
I suppose it is justice for the “world community,” but for Americans, it
leaves much to be desired.
If the UN has its way, these men would be released to Mexican consulates,
extradited to Mexico, tried and sentenced by the Mexican justice system,
the most corrupt justice system in the world, for the murder of dozens of
American citizens. I’m sure the families of their victims would love
to see that! We’ll just hand over a bit of American sovereignty and
the legitimacy of our justice system to an embryonic “world court” to protect
the rights of the savages who murdered American citizens. Sounds like
a great plan to me.
Oh, but, liberals here in America will praise this revelation from the UN.
After all, these are the same people who defend the rights of men like Mumia
Abu Jamal, a liberal icon and convicted cop killer and Black radical.
It would make sense that they would flock to defend men like Mario Flores,
one of the 51 Mexican nationals who was convicted for hacking his girlfriend
to death with a hatchet. Never mind the victims, as long as the perpetrator’s
rights are protected, all is well in the world.
This is just one example of many attempts by the UN to invade our sovereignty.
They also have aims for global control of the Internet, seizing American
waters for the international community, international redistribution of American
wealth, and the hand over of American military control. If they succeed
in these goals, the results will be devastating and America will be “just
another nation” under UN authority.
The United Nations is a dated, failed experiment in global democracy.
Unless serious reforms are considered for it, there is little hope for its
survival. I for one will not be sad to see it go.
Andy Obermann is majoring in History and Secondary Education at Missouri Valley College.
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