On Christmas Eve, the Jewish Press reported that Israel will no longer be issuing visas to UN workers. They are even expelling an employee of the UN Women agency already in Israel and denying a visa to Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Martin Griffiths.
Why is Israel taking this step? It is because of the UN’s silence on the murder, torture, rape, and sexual abuse of Israeli women. When the UN finally issued a statement on the Israel/Hamas war, they framed is as a moral equivalent between Israel and Hamas. Are you kidding me! How can anyone possibly equate Israel’s actions of self-defense to the murderous, barbaric actions of the animals known as Hamas?
But when you look at the track record of the UN “Peacekeepers” it becomes more understandable. UN peacekeepers have immunity for their crimes when they deploy for their supposed peacekeeping missions. The way the UN rules are written, when a peacekeeper commits a serious crime, it is up to that individual’s home country to hold him accountable; he has immunity in the country in which the crime is committed. The only way the peacekeeper can be tried in the country of the offence is for the Secretary General to remove his immunity. Since many of these peacekeepers come from countries with very poor human rights records, there is very little likelihood of any justice being visited upon that peacekeeper.
Since the UN has little or no regard for human rights, it is understandable that they view Hamas as just doing normal day-to-day business.
Let’s look at the UN and what they were established to accomplish and what they have evolved into. They were originally established as a hedge against world war and wars of aggression. This was supposed to be accomplished through diplomacy and negotiation. How’s that working out?
How effective were they in Ruanda, Bosnia, Ukraine, Israel, just to name a few? The UN is now admonishing Israel to cease fire with little to no consequences for the Arabs. There is no condemnation for the total barbarity coming out of Gaza with assistance from Lebanon. Where is the condemnation of Iran supporting the Houthis in Yemen? They are attempting to close the Red Sea, one of the most important commercial routes in the world, and they are threatening to do the same to the Mediterranean Sea by bottling up the Strait of Gibraltar. Where is the UN on that?
Let’s look at the funding for the UN. The United States paid the UN $12.5 billion in 2021 out of a total UN budget of over $50 billion. That is just over a quarter of the UN budget. What does this buy the US? It buys condemnation, no support for most of our initiatives and the animosity of most of the rest of the world, especially the UN leadership.
The arrogance of the UN as a whole is staggering. They have no problem admonishing democracies when they have to defend themselves; the tell countries what laws they should pass and enforce. One good example is the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The UN wants to tell all countries what guns may be traded within the countries, thereby regulating what guns citizens can own. Fortunately, at this time the U.S. has not ratified this treaty; but if the Senate ratifies it, it carries the weight of law; a law that has not been debated in Congress and signed by the president. 113 countries have ratified it.
Now, I go back to my original question. Why do we support the U.N.? It is my opinion that the U.S. should pull out of the U.N. and tell them to pay their traffic tickets and parking fines and go home. The U.N. headquarters sits on some of the most expensive real estate in the world. It should be confiscated by the U.S. government, sold, and the proceeds used to pay down a very small percentage of our $32T debt.