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To Hell with the United Nations* 

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg 

 

I. Theoretical Considerations 

Bret Stephens, an editor at The Wall Street Journal astutely remarks: “The name [United Nations] is uniquely inapt since it made no distinction between those of its members committed to democracy, prosperity, and human rights, and those committed to dictatorships, war, misery and torture.”[1]

Charles Krauthammer goes further: “…the idea of the ‘international community’ acting through the U.N.—a fiction and a farce respectively—to enforce norms and maintain stability is absurd.” This statement appears in Krauthammer’s stunning essay, “Decline is a Choice: The New Liberalism and the End of American Ascendency,” which shows that the decline of America should be understood as the deliberate policy decision of the Barack Obama administration![2] This would surely catapult the status of the United Nations. But since a majority of the countries represented in the UN are Arab-Islamic and other dictatorships, the decisions of the UN will automatically be biased in their favor.

Of course, these dictatorships should never have been admitted to, or allowed to remain in, the UN, since they violate Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which declares, “Everyone has the right to take part in the Government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.”

Moreover, since the UN General Assembly is based on the ethically neutral principle of “one nation, one vote”—a democratic principle that renders the vote of a liberal democracy like America and the vote of a totalitarian regime like Iran or Saudi Arabia equal—it follows that the UN is based on moral and cultural relativism. This relativism is contradicted, however, by the ethical precepts included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (of which more later). The absurdities inherent in the UN do not stop here.

The concept of the United Nations presupposes that that which nations have in common are more significant than their differences, otherwise their differences would usually be irreconcilable. Since collective security is stated as a primary objective of the UN, the world assembly also presupposes that nations prefer peace to war or violent death. These presuppositions may be true in general, but Islam rejects both, and Islam is represented by fifty-seven states in the UN.

Experts say that of some 1.5 billion Muslims on planet earth, 10 percent is the lowest estimate of those that support Jihad, while the highest estimate is 90 percent![3] Let us suppose that 20 percent, or 300 million Muslims —the population of the United States—accords with reality, a modest approximation, for the Quran not only exalts the Muslim who “slays and is slain” for Allah (Sura 9:111), but also promises him 72 virgins in Paradise. This verse alone makes nonsense of the United Nations. But let me offer more substantial evidence.

In 1985, Said Raja ‘i-Khorassani, the permanent delegate to the United Nations from the Islamic Republic of Iran, avowed that “the very concept of human rights was ‘a Judeo-Christian invention’ and inadmissible in Islam.… According to Ayatollah Khomeini, one of the Shah’s ‘most despicable sins’ was the fact that Iran was one of the original group of nations that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”[4] Juxtapose this horrific statement with the previously cited report of the Center for the Study of Political Islam, which contends that, in the pursuit of Islam’s global ambitions, Muslims have slaughtered some 270 million people since Muhammad. What underlies this juxtaposition? Alain Bosançon goes to the theological core of the issue: 

Although Muslims like to enumerate the 99 names of God, missing from the list, but central to the Jewish and Christian concept of God, is “father”—i.e., a personal God capable of a reciprocal and loving relationship with men. The God of the Quran, the God who demands submission, is a distant God; to call him “Father” would be an anthropomorphic sacrilege. The Muslim God is utterly impassive…. If God is not “Father,” then it is difficult to imagine the human person as having been “made in the image of God.”[5] 

Without the Biblical conception of man’s creation in the image of God, the idea of the human community, hence, of the United Nations, is logically absurd. Since the idea of the human community is rejected by Islam, the United Nations must be deemed an oxymoronic or fraudulent institution, possibly of great danger to civilized humanity. 

Catholic theologian Dr. George Weigel sees in Islam a world outlook where there are “no innocents,” which means that the infidel, i.e., the enemy, is “guilty simply by reason of drawing breath …” Islam therefore seems to reflect “a deliberate strategic choice: a strategy of open-ended mayhem based on the radical dehumanization of the ‘other.’”[6] The Quran repeatedly consigns the “other”—hence you and me—to Hell. Perhaps we should reciprocate by consigning the United Nations to Hell, since it is very much dominated by a bloc of Islamic regimes committed to our destruction? 

II. Practical Considerations 

Fred Fleitz, former senior adviser to ambassador Bolton, exposes UN waste and corruption and the resulting human costs.[7] His book, Peacekeeping Fiascoes of the 1990s: Causes, Solutions, and U.S. Interests, provides a comprehensive and highly critical assessment of the UN. He shows how the failed UN mission in Bosnia led to unmitigated atrocities; how the UN debacle in Somalia emboldened terrorists the world over; how the UN operation in Cambodia enabled a ruthless dictator, Hun Sen, to consolidate and retain power in that country; how the UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti collapsed, with the billions of dollars squandered on it, principally benefiting Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Nor is this all.

Michael Ledeen comments on the genocide in Rwanda: “There were United Nations ‘peacekeeping forces’ in Rwanda, but they did next to nothing, not even to save their own comrades.” Ledeen quotes Philip Gurevitch: “If Rwanda’s experience could be said to carry any lessons for the world, it was that endangered peoples who depend on the international community [i.e., the UN] for physical protection stand defenseless.”[8]

Professor David Bukay of Haifa University denounced the UN as “an organization that has never advanced peace and never prevented war; this is an organization that works for its own sake alone, and strives against the values for which it was set up. This is an organization that surrendered to the dictates of the Arab and Islamic states, against the social-economic interests of the Third World countries.”[9]

To all this, add the UN-sponsored Durban Conference, a vicious instrument of anti-Semitism and Israel-bashing. Caroline Glick excoriates the UN for its hostile record toward Israel. To paraphrase some of her remarks: 

(1) The UN has passed resolution after resolution, in the Security Council, in the General Assembly, and in its Human Rights Council that deny Israel its legal right, under Article 51 of the UN Charter, to defend itself against aggression.

(2) The UN Conference on Racism effectively reinstated the General Assembly’s definition of Zionism as racism and thus denied that Israel has the legal right to exist under international law. The UN Human Rights Council even passed a resolution endorsing Palestinian terrorism against Israel.

(3) Decade after decade the UN has followed a consistent and coherent policy regarding only one issue: to advance anti-Semitism by systematically and illegally discriminating against the Jewish state all the time and everywhere. In so doing, the UN has lost even the semblance of legitimacy as a world government. It cannot be regarded as a body responsible for enforcing international law, because in its systematic discrimination against Israel, it stands in breach of international law as embodied in its own charter’s determination that all member states are to be treated equally.”[10] 

In 1975, when the UN General Assembly awarded permanent representative status to the PLO, it established a “Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People” (hereafter called the “PLO Committee”). The committee became a propaganda apparatus, issuing stamps, organizing meetings, and preparing films and draft resolutions in support of Palestinian “rights.”

Prompted by the PLO Committee, the General Assembly has passed annual resolutions that repeatedly condemn Israel. The following resolutions—merely a few of countless others—tell the story:[11] 

● Resolution 58/21—Palestinian Statehood: This resolution [purveys the myth] that a “peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine is the core of the Arab-Israeli conflict” and necessary for peace in the entire Middle East, and further, that Israel alone must take several measures to achieve peace with the Palestinians. It implies that Israel is fully to blame for the start of the conflict because of the “illegality of Israeli settlements in the territory occupied since 1967 and of Israeli actions aimed at changing the status of Jerusalem.”

● Resolution 58/22—Jerusalem: This resolution reiterates the United Nations’ contention that “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or purported to alter the character and status of the Holy City of Jerusalem … and the proclamation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, were null and void and must be rescinded forthwith …”

● Resolution 58/92—Displaced Persons: Persons Displaced as a Result of the June 1967 and Subsequent Hostilities. This resolution endorses the Palestinian position on the so-called “Right of Return,” where all Palestinian refugees and their descendants would have the right to settle in the place of their former homes in Israel before 1967. The issue of Palestinian refugees is a key issue in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. 

The General Assembly, however, has already decided the outcome. It knows full well that allowing four million hostile Arabs into Israel would terminate the Jewish state.

● Resolution 58/96—Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices. This is the only UN organization created to investigate human rights in a specific country. The Committee only monitors alleged Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians, but does not investigate Palestinian human rights abuses, including terrorism, against Israelis. (There is no reference to Palestinian indoctrination of Arab children to emulate and become homicide bombers.) 

Alex Grobman points out that “Since June 1967, approximately 30 percent of all the resolutions issued by the UN Commission on Human Rights have been about Israel. It is the only country that became the subject of an entire agenda of the Commission for this period.” He adds: “There has never been a single resolution against human rights violations in Saudi Arabia or Syria.”[12] 

III. Conclusion 

Volumes could be written documenting the corruption and ineptitude of the UN quite apart from its pro-Islamic and anti-American as well as anti-Israel bias. Let's put an end to this cesspool of iniquity and tyranny. In its place, let's inaugurate a United Nations of Constitutional Democracies and of Constitutional Monarchies—Republics based on individual freedom and moral responsibility on the one hand, and consensual and limited government on the other. 

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*This article is based on my book, A Political Scientist in Israel (Lexington Books. 2010), ch. 7.

 


[1] The Claremont Review of Books (Summer, 2009, 27).

[2] Charles Krauthammer, “Decline Is a Choice: The New Liberalism and the End of American Ascendency,” Weekly Standard, Oct. 19, 2009. 

[3] See Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (Washington, DC: Regnery, 2005), 192. A PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life reports a world Muslim population of 1.57 billion. See The Jerusalem Post, Oct. 9, 2009, 1.

[4] Cited in Robert Spencer, Islam Unveiled (San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2002), 57.

[5] Cited in George Weigel, Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 27-28.

[6] Weigel, 45.

[7] Fleitz is currently a professional staff member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

[8] Michael A. Ledeen, Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West (NY: St. Martin’s Press, 2009), 44-45.

[9] Translated from the Hebrew text.

[10] The Jerusalem Post, Oct. 4, 2002, 1.

[11] See “One-Sided: The Relentless Campaign Against Israel in the United Nations. A Report on 2003-2004 General Assembly Resolutions on the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” The American Jewish Committee (Sept. 2004).

[12] Alex Grobman, Nations United: How the United Nations Undermines Israel and the West (Green Forest, Ark., Balfour Books, 2006), 60-61.