rarely do I comment on foreign policy, foreign involvement or
foreign activity. This is due to the fact that I only have so
much outrage and feel I have to exempt certain activities from
my Officially Outraged list. I basically throw my trust to our
elected officials to do what they do, and let the more pointy
headed pundits dole out the outrage.
I am officially un-exempting the United Nations from list.
Conceptually, I don't like the idea of a UN. I understand
alliances. I understand, to an extent, foreign involvement.
However, I cannot understand the want for being part of a
multi-governmental institution that ultimately insists on being
Much like the Federal Government was only supposed to serve as
the official arbiter between State conflicts and to form a
unified military presence against foreign aggressors, no
multi-government institution has been able to abstain from
grabbing for more power. The UN is no different. This is the
nature of centralization.
Created in 1945 out of the former League of Nations, our good
buddy FDR (was there anything he did that didn't end up
ultimately screwing us?), got together with 50 other countries
with the stated intent of preventing another Hitleresque type
catastrophe. That's an admirable goal, however, as with all
things admirable, there are always unforeseen consequences and
hidden agendas which do not bear out for some time.
What started as 51 countries, mainly developed nations with an
International interest, has ballooned into 190, and these new
members have helped fuel the fire of rampant anti-Americanism.
Of these 190, 26 are countries that the State Department calls
"unsafe for American travel." This is not counting
countries that the State Department advises you to watch your
ass when you travel there either. Couple those countries with
the plain old America haters in the world (I'm looking at you
France) and there is quite an anti-American alliance going on
there. This sentiment becomes increasingly clear with every
proposal they put forth.
Even though most Democrats have been beating George W. over the
head with the issue, the Senate voted down the ratification of
the Kyoto Protocol Agreement (for emission standards) by a
whopping 97-0 vote. Why? Because it became obvious that Kyoto
was written with the objective of adding additional cost to
American industry. China wouldn't be held to these standards,
nor would India. By imposing these additional costs,
American industry would have a tougher time competing with these
countries' nationalized industry and nine cent a day labor. (To
me, it speaks volumes that we continue to outperform these
countries under the conditions we are currently under. Americans
still make pretty good stuff.)
So rather than adopting our system of free enterprise, these
dictator countries try to hold complete power while driving our
prices up. Considering that this organization boasts about
its membership size, there are only a handful that could be
marginally classified as free economies. This is typical of the
tyranny of the majority. No UN recommendation will consider in
the slightest the ramifications of the effects on the American
economy. We have it too good in their opinions.
Even more recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) wing of
the UN has requested that an all out war be declared on smoking
and its second hand effects. This is odd for several reasons.
of all, the WHO reluctantly released a study regarding second
hand smoke and its effect on non smokers. The largest study of
its kind (25 countries, 11 years), it found that second hand
smoke did not show an increase in incidence in lung cancer rates
of nonsmokers that were regularly exposed to it. In some cases
(cases in which nonsmokers were exposed at home AND at work)
there was a limited protective effect shown. I say they released
it reluctantly, because they tried to suppress the information
and hide the results within thousands of pages of information.
If not for an enterprising journalist at the UK Journal, the
world may have never known about the results of this study.
Secondly, you would expect a group that was concerned with
"World Health" would have most of their time consumed
with such worldwide issues as hunger, malaria, children living
in unsanitary conditions, sweat shops, the HIV epidemic in
Africa, etc. Why are they so concerned with the smoking choices
of people who live in countries where the life expectancy barely
breaks 40 and death is a real threat daily? Why are they so
adamant about curtailing smoking, when it seems so minuscule
compared to other 21st century woes?
America is the world's largest exporter of tobacco products,
that's why. Another kick to the foundation, I suppose.
This past week, America was voted off the Human Rights
Commission branch of the UN (Did they extinguish our torch at
Tribal Council?) You see, we are so bad at making sure
that every citizen's human rights have been met that we have
upset the strong moral senses of the other members of the
commission. Among these moral authorities are the "still
active in the slave trade" Sudanese, the "you will
worship who we tell you to worship" Chinese and, of course,
the "you will eat goat meat 6 days a week so you will
appreciate chicken on Fridays" Cubans. See how bad we have
What started out as an organization to prevent violent
dictatorships, like Adolph Hitler's, has now become an
organization whose majority of members are, you guessed it,
countries run by violent dictators. Third world nutbags who
insist on controlling the International agenda while their very
own policies mirror those of Hitler's; the wanton slaughter of
citizens, nationalization of industry, the acquirement of
adjacent territories, enslavement of peoples...all of these
things exist to some extent within members of the UN.
Yet we give these countries a seat right next to us at the
The UN Charter expresses the need for a United World. Yet the
only unity we see in the ranks is a unity to hamper American
progress. To slow American dominance in industry. To put
question marks on our own Constitution. To encourage nasty
sentiment against American products and American ethics. To
extinguish the flame of the only country which purposely placed
the word "happiness" in its Constitution.
So here we have these Fidel Castro wannabes kicking away at our
foundation while calling us the 'Great Satan' or the 'Evil
Westerners' or what ever the term du jour is and we still stand
tall. Is it possible these third world misfits will
succeed in bringing America down? Probably not. America,
even in its current tattered version of its greatness, is still
light years ahead of these nitwits. Still, it would be folly to
get too complacent. Hopefully, this sick joke of a Human
Rights vote will wake a few of our sluggish politicians up so we
can start to question our involvement with the UN.
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