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The Useless United Nations (UUN)
Globalism - Ecumenism
Thursday, May 31, 2012
J.L. Robb

BEIRUT (AP) – U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Syria on Thursday to stop its attacks, saying the U.N. observers monitoring the cease-fire were not there to watch the killing of innocent people. The warning came as activists reported that Syrian troops again shelled the country's central region of Houla where more than 100 people were massacred last week. -USA Today, May 31, 2012

The United Nations, like many things, probably met a great need when first founded in 1945 after World War II. But like many good visions, they wear out their welcome and become useless at best and damaging at worst. Such is the case for the United Nations, now the Useless United Nations.

The UN was founded to replace the League of Nations which formed after World War I to prevent war through “collective security and disarmament” and to negotiate international disputes through “arbitration.”

During the second Italo-Abyssinian War in 1935-36, a war won by Italy against Ethiopia, a war the League of Nations was supposed to prevent through the strength and armies of its 58 members, showed the inherent weaknesses of such an international organization, the first of its kind. Members of the League were hesitant to use their militaries because of the negative effect it might have on them. The League would meet, the League would wring her hands and the League did nothing. When the Italian military fired on Red Cross medical camps, the League was so non-committal that Benito Mussolini, who led the 21 year dictatorship in Italy from 1922-1943, described the League as “… the League is very well when sparrows shout, but no good at all when eagles fall out.”

Sound familiar?

While Rome burned, Nero fiddled. While the Middle East, Africa and North Korea burn, the UUN has meetings. Then they have more meetings, and finally they have another meeting to see if they need to have more meetings. For those being slaughtered, like the Syrians, they must be asking of the UN: Where’s the beef?

Unlike the League of Nations, the UUN actually has her own forces, comprised of the 193 member states. Do they ever shoot at the bad guys? If you happen to be a sparrow, watch out;  Eagles have nothing to fear.

The United Nations is comprised of the following: The General Assembly where they “deliberate,” a lot; the Security Council that issues “resolutions,” lots of them; the Economic and Social Council; the Secretariat, who provides “studies” and UN facilities; the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ; and the United Nations Trusteeship Council, currently inactive. Other UN agencies include the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF; the World Health Organization, WHO (good question) and the World Food Program, WFP.

How much does the United Nations cost the U.S. taxpayer?

Since the inception of the U.N. in 1945, the United States taxpayer has been the largest funder, by far. The United States currently provides 22% of the funding to the U.N. regular budget and 27% to the Peace Keeping budget. In dollar terms, in 2011 we, the U.S. taxpayer, paid $ 516,000,000 to the budget and $ 2,200,000,000 to the Peace Keeping budget.

So how has that Peace Keeping thing worked out for us? Not good.

Let’s look at the case of the Rwandan Civil War.

Rwanda is located in central Africa. In 1994, the Hutus made up 88% of the population, the Tutsis made up 11% and the pygmies came in at 1%. President Clinton was in office at this time but seemed preoccupied with the Oval Office, if you get my drift.

On April 6, 1994, President Habyarimana, Rwanda’s president, and the President of Burundi were returning to Kigali after a meeting when their plane was shot down as they were landing. Both presidents were killed. Immediately, the Hutu army, with the help of the government-run radio station’s propaganda machine, began attacking Tutsis. The radio broadcasts referred to the Tutsis as “cockaroaches.”

The first victims in the birth of this genocide were the Prime Minister and her ten Belgian bodyguards. The United Nations already had their “forces” in Rwanda to “maintain the peace,"

UNAMIR, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda. The commanding officer of the force was Canadian Roméo Dallaire, who was PROHIBITED by the United Nations from using force to protect civilians during the slaughter. The U.N. did, however, have meetings.

The good news was that the genocidal campaign against the Tutsis only lasted from April to July, three short months. The bad news was 900,000 Tutsis and “moderate” Hutus were deceased, chopped to death with machetes or shot in the head.

The slaughter was described as “… a genocide of unprecedented swiftness left up to 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead at the hands of organized bands of militia--Interahamwe. Even ordinary citizens were called on to kill their neighbors by local officials and government-sponsored radio.”

If you haven’t had a chance to see the movie, Hotel Rwanda, it is an eye-opener, and a tear jerker. Sometimes in April, a tremendous movie, also tells the story.

Many people don’t know about the Rwandan genocide, but as the United Nations had meetings, the Tutsis burned.

Now to Darfur, another African conflict.

During the Bush presidency in 2003, while the United Nations had meetings, thousands of Darfurians were slaughtered. Estimates vary from 70,000 to several hundred thousand dead. Millions of refugees fled the country, and the war in Darfur affected five million people. Again, the United Nations did little to protect the innocent civilians.

George Clooney, a huge advocate for Darfur, described the genocide as “the greatest failure of my life.” George, it wasn’t your failure; it was the United Nations’ failure, again.

Now to Syria.

In today’s USA Today column, quoted at the beginning of this article, the United Nations is again useless in keeping/maintaining the peace in Syria, where an estimated ten thousand have been slaughtered. Here is the front page blurb:

"Survivors of a massacre in the town of Houla describe close-range killings; U.N. human rights body to hold special session on allegations."

Of course, the West invokes more “sanctions,” while wringing their hands and whining; but nothing is being done except more meetings. I imagine the grandmother in the article, the one who hid behind a door as pro-Syrian government assassins did their thing, wish the United Nations wasn’t having meetings, or that maybe the West would come to save the day, like we did in Libya. When the shooting stopped and she came out of hiding, 3 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, a sister-in-law, a daughter-in-law and a cousin were dead.

Did God mean for America to be the world’s policeman? Maybe, since no other country will take up the task. Jesus’ half-brother, James, pretty much sums it up in the New Testament:

“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.” (James 2:8 NIV)

I don’t think that Jesus was talking about our next-door neighbor. WWJD?

“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil; but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” -Albert Einstein

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