It’s Time to Shut down the U.N.
By Mike Whitney
06/06/07 "ICH" -- -- We should all be grateful that the United
Nations has decided to investigate the assassination of Rafik
Hariri. The decision moves the UN one step closer to its final
destruction, which would be the best possible outcome.
The United Nations is a fraud. It’s little more than a rubber
stamp for US-Israeli aggression. No one is fooled by the UN’s
“democratic” pretensions or the Secretary-General’s
lofty-sounding rhetoric. The UN serves the exclusive interests
of western, white elites. Period. It is basically an annex of
the US federal government---another inconsequential bureau whose
main purpose is to lend international legitimacy to America's
China and Russia have seats on the Security Council, but that
doesn’t mean anything. They don’t use their power to lobby for
war or to block the enforcement of resolutions that they don’t
like. At best, they may occasionally use their veto-power to try
to slow Washington’s “march to war”; but it rarely does any
good. Bush only uses the Security Council when it suits him;
otherwise, he just brushes it aside. What does he care about the
objections of the other states? He does exactly what he wants to
do and to hell with everyone else.
Isn’t that true?
Bush’s interest in the Hariri case is a perfect example of the
administration’s disdain for the UN. Bush doesn’t care about
Hariri. What he’s looking for is a way to implicate Syria so he
will have a reason to expand the war beyond Iraq. Everyone knows
this, and yet, the UN plays along anyway. The whole
investigation is just political opportunism disguised as
justice. Everyone in the Security Council knows what the real
goal is---otherwise they wouldn’t have passed the resolution
under Chapter 7, which makes the motion enforceable through
The bottom line is that the UN is willing to push the Middle
East closer to a region-wide conflagration just to accommodate
the US. That says it all; doesn’t it?
But what makes Hariri so much more important than the hundreds
of Iraqis who are slaughtered every week in the bloody
occupation of Iraq? Why isn’t the UN investigating those crimes?
And, why is the UN participating in this (clearly)
politically-motivated witch-hunt when they should be trying to
enforce UN resolution 242? Wouldn’t that be the better path to
Most people believe so.
And, if the UN is so concerned about peace; why not condemn the
Bush administration for sending more arms to Beirut to continue
the bombing of the Nahr al-Bared refugee camp? Wouldn’t that
Don’t expect logic or evenhandedness from the UN. If that was
the case, they’d denounce the Bush administration’s training of
Palestinian and Lebanese security services in Jordan. Everyone
knows that these troops are being trained so they can return to
Beirut or the Occupied Territories to wreak havoc and (perhaps)
trigger civil war.
Isn’t it the UN’s job to condemn this type of troublemaking?
And, if the United Nations objects to Bush’s plans for a “New
Middle East” than why not say so? Why facilitate the ongoing
bloodshed by remaining silent?
Why hasn’t there been an investigation into the deaths of the
1,100 Lebanese nationals who were killed during Israel’s 34-Day
rampage? Many of them were bombed in their own homes or strafed
on the clogged highways as they were trying to escape the south.
Don’t they count---or does one have to be a friend of Washington
or Tel Aviv to have his life protected?
The UN has emboldened White House “hawks” by steadily
giving-ground on Iran’s nuclear program. This is a big mistake.
A provocation with Iran could result in a decades-long war that
would dwarf the fighting in Iraq and extend across the entire
What right does the administration have to threaten and bully
Iran is still in “full compliance” with its treaty obligations
under the NPT. According to the IAEA, there’s no evidence that
Iran has diverted nuclear material to other projects nor is
there any proof that they are developing nuclear weapons. They
are fully within their rights to continue the development of
“nuclear technology for peaceful purposes”. They should be left
alone until there’s proof of wrongdoing. The lies and propaganda
of the Bush administration cannot not be taken seriously. Lying
By caving in to pressure from the US, the UN is undermining the
NPT and setting the stage for another nuclear arms race. Is this
what they want?
Treaties are the foundation upon which the international order
rests. If the terms of treaties are ignored because they don’t
meet the geopolitical objectives of one or two of the member
states, then why maintain the pretense that the world is
governed by international law? Why not just convert the UN
building into condos and go home?
The UN should reverse its position on Iran if only to defend its
own relevance as an impartial guarantor of international law.
But they won't---because they are afraid.
The Middle East is ablaze. This is no time to be quiet. The Bush
administration has spread the war from Mogadishu to Kabul.
Millions of people have been uprooted and forced to flee their
homes. Iraq has produced four million refugees alone. It is the
greatest humanitarian disaster of our time. The prisons are
bulging, the people are unemployed and underfed, the water is
toxic, the social-infrastructure has collapsed, and security is
nonexistent. The entire Middle East has been doused with gas
and, once again, Bush is reaching for the matches.
And what is the UN doing while this turmoil continues to grow?
Convening an investigation into the assassination of Rafik
It’s an outrage. The siege of Nahr al-Bared refugee camp has
persisted for two weeks without a word of protest from the
Is it really that difficult to see that bombing civilian areas
is morally unacceptable?
Consider this: What if a group of terrorists hid themselves in
New York City; would the UN remain silent while downtown
Manhattan was reduced to rubble?
Of course not. The very thought is absurd; just as the bombing
of Gaza, Samara, Baghdad and Nahr al-Bared is absurd. Absurd and
The UN has done nothing to stop the violence. It hasn’t even
tried. It has only added to the misery of the millions of people
who foolishly seek its help.
Why hasn’t the Secretary-General spoken out against preemption?
Isn’t that the reason the United Nations was created in the
first place---to prevent another century of senseless
aggression? Why hasn’t Ban Ki Moon issued a statement or a
speech or even a word to repudiate this poisonous repackaging of
Instead, just silence.
And, what about regime change, extraordinary rendition, targeted
assassination, collective punishment, napalm, cluster-bombs,
Daisy Cutters, the Salvador Option, enhanced interrogation,
beatings, abductions, waterboarding, rape, sodomy, sexual
humiliation, maiming, torturing, asphyxiating, cigarette burns,
electric drills and every other medieval barbarity employed by
the administration in its quest to “democratize” the Iraqi
Are none of these deserving of comment?
The United Nations has failed to preserve the peace or to see
that people are treated with justice. It has only strengthened
the dominance of the western powers while further subjugating
the developing world. We’d all be better off if they just shut
the doors and called it quits.
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