The United Nations was founded in 1945 against the backdrop of World War II and had lofty goals to ease international disputes, provide security, improve economic development and improve human rights. There are few who would argue against these goals even today, but did the United Nations experiment deliver? It delivered, but not really on any of those promises. Here we are 65 years later and the world has many disputes, security seems to be worse, we are in a severe economic downturn, and the UN is attacking the United States for human rights violations.
I remember being asked in my youth to carry my little UNICEF boxes along during trick-or-treating. It was strongly suggested that we forgo the treat for a few coins for the poor. That was a hard pill to swallow for a ten year old. I think that I took both, but was more focused on the treats. It’s not as if my country doesn’t pay much to belong to the organization. There are approximately 192 member nations, but the United States pays over one fourth of their budget (that includes the estimated $8 billion “peacekeeping budget). I found it very interesting that I could not find any definitive, trustworthy source for real numbers. My WAG is that membership costs America well over $4 billion each year (assessed dues and voluntary payments). This does not in any way include the costs associated with hosting the organization within our borders.
If you have read any of my posts, I like framing things as an economic issue. So what is our return on investment (“ROI”) for supporting the United Nations? Here are a few examples of our return:
- Fox News recently reported that “the United Nations Human Rights Council, a conclave of 47 nations that includes such notorious human rights violators as China, Cuba, Libya and Saudi Arabia, met in Geneva on Friday, to question the United States about its human rights failings.” In case you didn’t catch it, China, Cuba, Libya, and Saudi Arabia are on the Council and had the hubris to criticise the United States. That’s like the Federal prisons creating a team to look at violence and asking Charles Manson, Ted Bundy (I know he is dead), Dennis Rader (BTK killer), and Martha Stewart and they focus on Martha Stewart’s crime.
- The United Nations again is working to create/impose a global tax on financial transactions. Use the ATM pay Iran, get some cash back pay Cuba, buy some checks pay Hugo Chavez. Of course I don’t know the details, but I don’t know how anyone representing America’s interests would consider any tax imposed by the United Nations.
- The Canada Free Press reports that “one world government” proponents George Soros and Marice Strong have wormed their way into the United Nations to push their agenda. I am sure that they were invited and didn’t have to worm their way in. The word “worm” just seems to fit them both so well. Try to think of another country where you’d rather live and be subject to their government. I cannot think of one.
- In the face of objections from Arab countries, Canada failed in its attempt to secure a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The American Thinker suggests that is because of Canada’s support of Israel. Perhaps the only country more hated than the Unites States in the UN is Israel. President Obama did recently suggest that India be given a seat. I have to wonder how much support we gave our neighbor to the North since Obama seems to disparage America’s traditional friends.
- After the recent and dramatic cheating revelations regarding the “science” behind the global warming scam you would think that these folks would slink away. Not so as the UN is posturing for more funding as reported by Fox News;
“Developing nations say more funding is needed from developed countries to share the effort in saving nature. Much of the world’s remaining biological diversity is in developing nations such as Brazil, Indonesia and in central Africa.” [developed countries = United States]
- The UN again interfering with America’s sovereignty has criticized some of the efforts to curb illegal immigration, “this is our response to the global trend to confine migration policies solely within the narrow context of security and border control. This is a reminder that while states are entitled to regulate movement across their borders they must do so in accordance with their obligations under international law including international human rights law.” Perhaps the UN was emboldened to take this step when Hilary Clinton included the Arizona Illegal Immigration Law in her UN report on human rights issues. Yes she works for us…allegedly. She is paid by the U.S. government, but whether she works “for” us is debatable.
- The United Nations has appointed Pakistan to be the head of its nuclear governing board. Yes the Pakistan that is perhaps considered the worst proliferation offender in history will be able to set the path of the nuclear watchdog.
This is just the stuff is all happening within the last few months. You also have the Law of the Sea Treaty (gives UN broad powers over all things watery), the Oil for Food scandal, UN “peacekeepers” standing aside while Israel was attacked, UN “peacekeepers” protecting terrorists when Israel fought back, UN “peacekeepers” standing by while Muslims burned christian churches in Serbia, UN “peacekeepers” raping women while “protecting” civilians. The Canada Free Press took a stab at listing the many corruptions of the UN cabal.
I would be in favor of an organization similar to what John McCain called for. A league of like-minded democracies. I don’t know who said this first, but we should…