Let's talk about bashing

United Nations deserves to be chastised for its miserable record

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Anita Snow of the Associated Press is clearly concerned that Republican presidential candidates are “bashing” the United Nations.

“All that U.N. bashing,” she writes, in an article that’s not labeled as commentary online, “has raised questions about whether a Republican victory could strain the relationship between the United Nations and its host country, the United States.”

Lord, we hope so! The United Nations needs a little straining!

Just wondering: What is Anita Snow’s faith in the United Nations based upon? Its record of achieving peace? Its moral compass, including decades of “bashing” (to use her term) the only democracy in the Mideast? Its financial worthiness and lack of corruption?

Instead of wringing our hands at what Republican presidential candidates are saying about the United Nations, why don’t we just do a little investigative reporting and find out if their concerns are valid?

Does the term “oil for food” ring a bell? Does the Associated Press know how to use “The Google?”

While America is one of its chief patrons, the United Nations is one of the most anti-American bodies in the world. The numbers alone tell you there’s an intrinsic, institutional problem: Of nearly 200 countries in the world, only about 30 are democracies. That tells you, and might even tell the Associated Press, something of value about the United Nations.

Meanwhile, its structure,
frozen in time, is based on the state of the world just after World War II; most everything else in the world has undergone some change since then. And it’s quite likely the most bloated, most ineffective, most scandal-ridden, least-accountable bureaucracy ever devised by man.

As for accomplishing its mission of world peace, the blood of the past 66 years tells another tale.

This is what Ms. Snow reflexively defends, without inspection or question, against those mean Republicans.

As noted by author Max Boot, the United Nations’ own reports admit that “U.N. peacekeepers in Rwanda stood by as Hutu slaughtered some 800,000 Tutsi. In Bosnia, the U.N. declared safe areas for Muslims but did nothing to secure them, letting the Serbs slaughter thousands in Srebrenica. The organization’s meddling was worse than useless: its blue-helmeted troops were used as hostages by the Serbs to deter a military response from the West.”

“Responsibility for the failure to halt the 1994 genocide in Rwanda,” says a U.N. report, “lies with the U.N. system.”

Oops! Was that the United Nations doing some U.N. bashing?

Writer Daniel Tauber summed up the United Nations’ festering problems nicely:

“Genocide in Darfur (300-400,000 killed and 2.5 million displaced), AIDS in Africa (just under 24 million infected with HIV and 1.6 million dead), the Rwandan Genocide (800,000-1,000,000 killed), Communist China (1.3 billion living under a totalitarian regime), the rise of Islamic terrorism, the plight of women in Islamic and Arabic countries, and Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and threats to wipe Israel off the map.

“The world sure has a lot of problems and these are just a few. None of them, however, measure up to what the U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto termed the ‘single greatest failure’ of the U.N. – the failure to create a Palestinian state.”

That’s one perverted world view.

The Center on Law and Globalization, a partnership between the University of Illinois College of Law and the American Bar Foundation, notes that the U.N. Human Rights Council took three years to issue a verdict on Gadhafi’s Libya in the 1990s.

“It complimented Libya on its treatment of women,” the Center notes, “and expressed polite concern over the murder and torture of oppositionists. Not surprisingly, Libya ignored the Committee’s comments.”

Libya was later made chair of the council.

“The balance of history,” says the Center, “demonstrates that U.N. organs are more likely to turn a blind eye to human rights abuses.”

“Bashing” is the least we should do.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/26/11 - 03:14 am
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UN membership reminds me of

UN membership reminds me of the discussion about voter ID. To vote in the UN you should have to pass a literacy test and have enough money to take care of yourself. Some countries should only be given 3/5ths of a vote.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/26/11 - 06:08 am
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I must say, after the dismal

I must say, after the dismal Afghanistan editorial I didn't think ACES could get any worse, then they go and write something like THIS, and TOTALLY REDEEM THEMSELVES!

This could not be a more correct assessment of the complete waste of money the U.N is unless they went further back in time to look at the other failures to make it complete. I will do that sometime just for the excercise, but today, let's focus on the RAPES, MURDERS and STEALING that has been going on in the name of the U.N. and paid for mostly by US.

Here is a list of number of criminal acts commistted by U.N. "Peacekeeprs" on "missions."

THESE ARE confirmed accounts of crimes and human rights violations committed by United Nations soldiers, peacekeepers and employees. NOT rumor, CONFIRMED.

The list is the conflict name, United Nations Mission and followed by THREE numbers; first number is the number of REPORTED of sexual abuse cases, the second is Murders, and the third is Extortion/Thefts.

Second Congo War (Aug 99-11), United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo; 150, 3, 44

Somali Civil War (Mar 93-95), United Nations Operation in Somalia II; 5, 24, 5

Sierra Leone Civil War (99-05), United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone; 50, 7, 15

Eritrean-Ethiopian War (00-08), United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea; 70, 15, unknown

Burundi Civil War (May 04-Jan-07), United Nations Operation in Burundi; 80, 5, unknown

Rwanda Civil War (Jun 93-Sep 94), United Nations Observer Mission Uganda-Rwanda; 65, 15, unknown

Second Liberian Civil War (03-Present), United Nations Mission in Liberia; 30, 4, 1

Second Sudanese Civil War (Jn 05-Jul 11), United Nations Mission in Sudan; 400, 5, unknown

Côte d'Ivoire Civil War (Apr 01-Dec 10), United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire; 500, 2, unknown

2004 Haitian coup d'état (04-Present), United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti; 110, 57, unknown

Kosovo War (Dec 08-Oct 11), United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo; 800, 70, 100

Israeli–Lebanese conflict (78-Present), United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon; unknown, 6, unknown

Now if we want to get into FAILURES of missions, let's just wit for another time, it's too long to list right here, we can start with the ongo Crisis of 1960 and come all the way up to all current mission in the Congo for an example of a COMPLETE failure.

And WE are paying for it folks.

Brad

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/26/11 - 06:11 am
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Here is a link to a, list of

Here is a link to a, list of all the failures.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_all_UN_peacekeeping_missions

Please note it is a complete list of all missions. I would like to know which ones were a success that met the goals stated. I challenge someone to find ONE success among the missions.

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 11/26/11 - 10:56 am
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Why didn't the USA learn from

Why didn't the USA learn from history. The League of Nations that was the child of Woodrow Wilson was a failure. After it was created the USA did not join it because their was a provision in its charter that would have required the USA to intervene in any military action of two or more of its members. If the League did not work why would anyone think that the United Nations would work. It is basically the same cast of characters.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/26/11 - 11:48 am
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If you get rid of the U.N.

If you get rid of the U.N. the aliens will have to start with Congress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VepS-IyKOLE&list=PL598A5F3FDE963EE2&index...

I’m conflicted; on an unrelated note, it’s getting cold in here without my shirt.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/26/11 - 01:44 pm
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scoobydoisback asked "Why

scoobydoisback asked "Why didn't the USA learn from history."

Probably because we were swayed by the kumbayah crowd even back then.

Jane18
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Jane18 11/26/11 - 04:45 pm
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Absolutely one of the best

Absolutely one of the best editorials ever! Thank you Augusta Chronicle!

curly123053
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curly123053 11/26/11 - 06:19 pm
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It's time to vacate the

It's time to vacate the United Nations! It's totally worthless and no longer serves it's purpose, if it ever has!

allhans
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allhans 11/26/11 - 06:44 pm
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But folks, what about the

But folks, what about the global community? How can we have a one world government if it doesn't start someplace? -_:)

harley_52
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harley_52 11/26/11 - 10:16 pm
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I agree with Jane18 and Brad

I agree with Jane18 and Brad Owens. This was a good one.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/11 - 09:18 am
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Subdoc679, realize some may

Subdoc679, realize some may be working on a different level than the obvious. Personally, I've always wanted to throw rocks at that big glass UN building in all the World History books. The UN does nothing, but legitimize thugs like Hugo Chavez acting like a fool.

The Security Council nations should take all the two bit countries of the General Assembly outback to the woodshed and whip them until they show some respect to their betters.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/27/11 - 09:21 am
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And, Subdoc, stop

And, Subdoc, stop disrespecting the South. The Yankees didn't want to count the slaves at all. At least the South got them 3/5ths credit.

bjphysics
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bjphysics 11/27/11 - 09:42 am
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subdoc679: “WOW... and I

subdoc679: “WOW... and I wonder why people think Southerners are ignorant!”

I’ve lived many places, Augusta among them, I currently live in Boston; the South has no monopoly on ignorance and the North doesn’t have one on intelligence.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 11/27/11 - 09:47 am
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anita hill, card carrying
Unpublished

anita hill, card carrying member of n.o.w. enough said.

harley_52
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harley_52 11/27/11 - 12:43 pm
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I've lived in lots of places

I've lived in lots of places myself and I've never found the really smart people to be the ones who go around telling people how smart they are. Those are usually the people so insecure and so lacking in self-respect that the only recognition of their intelligence is that they bestow upon themselves as they try to drag others down.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/27/11 - 02:41 pm
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Intelligence is a wonderful

Intelligence is a wonderful thing, but it isn't the same as leadership qualities. The Prez has surrounded himself with ivy league brains and noble prize winners (which seems like a good idea) but often smart people are paralyzed with analysis to take quick decisive action. I haven't noted any great success at solving our economic or energy problems with such great minds on the tasks. Often the real intelligent are great at analyzing the problem, describing all the parameters, caveats, etc. but action is often slow and methodical (the scientific way). Humans are more intuitive than intelligent animals and we often under estimate this quality in our leaders.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/27/11 - 02:46 pm
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Some great comments today. We

Some great comments today. We are all ignorant of something! If you haven't realized this then you maybe stupid and ignorant. Oh the horror. I don't think there is any difference between IQ in various regions of the US (North, South, East or West) just in various populations.

Chillen
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Chillen 11/27/11 - 05:15 pm
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We need to scale back on our

We need to scale back on our relationship with the UN. We are giving them way too much money & power. If Western societies collapse (as it appears they imminently will), watch for the UN to step in & try to increase their muscle.

Take the money & power we give them and reduce it by 95%.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/27/11 - 05:44 pm
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Actually, I tried to avoid

Actually, I tried to avoid this one, talking about the UN makes me nauseous. I think we should move it out of the US. I think it is a security threat to NYC. I see no real purpose or benefit.

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