Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 25, 2015
The United Nations was founded in late 1945 to promote cooperation between countries worldwide order to inhibit future conflicts and wars. Like the League of Nations before it, the UN has been ineffective. With 193 member nations, the UN has become little more than a propaganda mouthpiece for special interests countries and a place for diplomats to get rich.
In 2006 the United Nations formed its Human Rights Council, supposedly to call out human rights violations worldwide. Its track record is telling. During its 10 year history, it has called Israel 61 times on human rights violations, while only calling all other countries in total for only 55 violations.
While Israel has likely committed human rights violations in its conflict with the Palestinians, the outrageous special treatment it has received from the United Nations strips the organization of any semblance of neutrality and real concern for human rights. The UN’s track record in this area shows that worldwide anti-Semitism is alive and well.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 22, 2013
In 2009 the Nobel Peace Prize went to our newly elected president, Barack Obama. This was an amazing choice since none of Obama’s international policies were yet in effect. Given the Libyan war, the ongoing Afghan war, and the President’s willingness to use drone assassinations at will, this award was more than premature, it was inappropriate.
Furthering the Noble Committee’s weird choices, the 2012 Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union. The European Union is clearly an economic disaster with many Southern tier EU countries in or near insolvency. To award a community that created this colossal mess a Peace Prize is absurd.
Last week the Norwegian Nobel Committee continued its questionable record, giving the 2013 Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the United Nations chemical weapons inspectors. This organization was awarded the prize due to its involvement in attempting to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria with the Noble Committee’s citation stating: “Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons.” In addition, Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee, indicated that the award should remind nations still holding chemical weapons to destroy them, “especially because they are demanding that others do the same, like Syria.” How naïve; just how well has that logic worked getting the nukes out of North Korea?
Let’s see; the Syrian Civil War has been ongoing for over 30 months with more than 100,000 killed, but less than 2% of that number coming from chemical weapons. For that the Noble Committee awards a division of the United Nations, which stood by while this carnage occurred. Now that’s Progressive logic!
Former United States ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Ryan C. Crocker, was a bit more logical stating: “The O.P.C.W., wherever it goes in the chemical weapons effort in Syria, is not going to bring peace to Syria because chemical weapons are simply not a major factor in Assad’s ability to wage war, which in my view is why he’s willing to cooperate. Getting rid of chemical weapons anywhere is a good thing, but to make this worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, I just don’t get it.”
To that, Mr. Crocker, I say “let’s not confuse the Progressives in Europe with the facts”. In today’s narcissistic world it is one’s job title that matters, not accomplishments. Europe has gone back to its roots. The aristocracy lives on, but now camouflaged by flawed democracies.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 29, 2012
The Washington Free Beacon reports that the United Nations will call for an international effort to damage Israel economically by attacking American companies that do business with it. This includes large corporation such as Hewlett-Packard, Caterpillar, and Motorola. The economic attack will also involve European companies that do business with Israel.
The UN’s Human Rights Council (HRC) is spearheading the aggressively anti-Israeli action and has stated: “The costs to companies and businesses of failing to respect international humanitarian law are considerable,” and further offered threats “including damage to a company’s public image, impact on shareholder decisions and share price and could result in employees being criminally responsible for rights abuses.”
The HRC’s anti-Israeli positions are not surprising given that the organization’s makeup includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Libya, China, and Cuba. Having this group dish out human rights punishments is an outrage.
President George W. Bush refused to work with HRC and he was correct in this approach. After taking office, President Barack Obama joined HRC with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice stating: “Working from within, we can make the council a more effective forum to promote and protect human rights.” This naive approach to foreign policy has been a trademark of the Obama Administration. It is an example of America’s foreign policy failures in the Middle East during the past four years.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 27, 2012
In a sign of a creeping loss of United States sovereignty, thehill.com reported that a United Nations’ affiliate group will be monitoring US polling station for the upcoming presidential election. They are reportedly looking for voter suppression by conservative leaning groups.
It is outragegous for an organization like the United Nations that has China and Russia on its Security Council to be looking into American voter intimidation. It is also telling that these Leftist who demand American voters not be required to prove citizenship to vote now suggest voter intmidaiton eminates from the Right. Where were they when the New Black Panther Party stood outside a Philadelphia polling station with clubs just four years ago?
Turning the outrageous into lunacy, the monitoring organization is the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe who will bring to the US monitors from various countries including Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. Ignoring the other characters’ heritages, Serbia just 15 years ago was cleansing itself of unwanted minorities and now they will monitor for the Leftist in the UN.
President Obama and his Progressive pals in Congress would give the United Nations even more control over American sovereignty. For that reason only he is not deserving of a second term.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 15, 2012
Today there was another massacre reported in Syria of civilians by the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Sooner or later the world will look to blame those that sat on the sidelines while the killings continued. The United Nations owns much of the culpability.
After a year and a half of protest 19,000 Syrians have been killed al-Assad’s regime. While the world and particularly the United States and NATO acted to protect Libyan civilians, they watched and allowed United Nation to lead in Syrian. The UN once again proven itself to be toothless.
In March, 2012, the United Nations named Kofi Annan special envoy to mediate the dispute between the Syrian despot, al-Assad and the protesters. Late last month Annan resigned admitting that the mission failed.
Annan’s mission was doomed before it started. First, Russia and China have both blocked any attempts to sanction the Syrian regime for the carnage. Both countries depend on authoritarian power to maintain control and fear that going after the al-Assad regime could place their own positions in jeopardy. In addition, the al-Assad has allowed Russia the use of a port for its military. The downfall of al-Assad would be to their strategic detriment. Without Russia and China on board, the United Nations has no real authority or power to deal with the Syrian massacres. Therefore, the Annan mission was a waste of time and money.
In addition, diplomacy in any conflict can be successful only if both sides want resolution. This most basic requirement does not exist in Syria. The al-Assad regime is part of the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Muslims, which represents only 10% of Syria’s population. They have controlled Syria’s Sunni majority by force for decades. This reality, coupled with the 19,000 killed in the past year and a half offers the al-Assad regime no room for compromise. Should they give up their hold on power, the retribution on the Alawite community and their allies will be deadly. That leaves al-Assad two choices: leave the country or fight for control.
The ongoing tragedy in Syria once again shows how useless United Nations is. It also shows how deadly the world is when a strong power such as United States leads from behind.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 17, 2012
It has been over a year since the Syrian protests began. Since then its dictator It has been over a year since the Syrian protests began. Since then its dictator Bashar al-Assad has been murdering his own people in an effort to maintain power with estimated death exceeding 10,000. While Syrians die the world through the United Nations dithers. With Assad’s Russia support the United Nations has done little more than debate the matter. has been murdering his own people in an effort to maintain power with estimated deaths exceeding 10,000. While Syrians die the world through the United Nations dithers. With Assad’s Russia support the United Nations has done little more than debate the matter.
A few months ago United Nations initiated two feeble steps. It appointed Kofi Annan to negotiate a truce between the factions without success. In addition it sent approximately 300 unarmed observers to Syria to supervise a suppose it cease-fire. Both missions failed with the Associated Press reporting that the United Nations is now pulling its observers from Syria due to the increasing violence.
The ongoing killings in Syria again show the uselessness of the United Nations. This corrupt organization does little to promote world peace, but instead mainly acts as a propaganda tool for the world’s despots. In addition, it enriches the diplomats who work for this social industry.
The Syrian debacle is also a showcase for President Obama’s decision for America to lead from behind. When the mess in Syria is finally sorted out with dictator Assad being thrown out, it is likely that the Syrian people will exact revenge on those responsible for the massacres, adding to the misery in that country. It is also likely that they will question why so many countries stood by and allowed the massacres to occur.
Given that Assad and his cronies will face war crimes charges when they lose power in Syria, they have no choice but to fight it out to the end and this will result in significant more deaths before the carnage is over. Given this, the United Nations’ attempt to use negotiations to end the fighting is indication of the organization’s stupidity or detachment from reality
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 22, 2012
The Wall Street Journal reported that the UN Security Council has approved sending 300 unarmed observers to monitor yet another so-called Syrian cease-fire. The monitors will be sent as soon as the okay is given by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, supposedly after the cease-fire has taken hold.
This is an example of United Nations ineptness. Only a dysfunctional organization could come up with the logic and after killing 9,000 of his own countrymen, that the despot Assad will cease this action because 300 unarmed observers are sent into his country. It is also another example of Progressive belief that even lame action is better than no action.
Indicating Syria’s commitment to continuing the carnage, it’s Syrian Ambassador Bashar Ja’afri informed the Security Council: “They are bragging about tightening these sanctions … but we reject interference in our internal affairs.’ …. B”Syrians well know these external forces and…do not want any Wahhabi or Salafist factions to penetrate its ranks through some terrorists propagated by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.”
British Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant added a bit of sanity to the United Nations when he said: “It is an unprecedented step to deploy unarmed U.N. personnel into such a dangerous environment. It is fraught with risk. The mission will fail in its task if the regime continues to violate its commitments and obstruct the work of the mission.” Then mission is indeed doomed to failure.
The Obama Administration continued to waffle on the matter with its ambassador, Susan Rice, saying: “For the United States, our patience is exhausted. No one should assume that the United States will agree to renew this mission at the end of 90 days. If there is not a sustained cessation of violence and freedom of movement for U.N. personnel … then we must all conclude that this mission has run its course.” With over 9,000 Syrians already dead, our patience will be exhausted in 90 days? What dribble.
Once again Progressives like President Obama pick winners and losers in society. In this Country they choose which companies receive government funds and bailouts and which taxpayers will pay for other peoples’ services. In world affairs, Obama intervened in Libya where at most a few hundred were killed, but refuses to act in Syria where thousands are dead. This is the type of powers that our Founding Fathers worked so hard to keep out hands of government.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on February 6, 2012
This past weekend the United Nations again proved its uselessness. With over 7,000 Syrians killed by despot Bashar Assad, Russia and China vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for the dictator to step down. These two countries, both with atrocious human rights records, went against all other 13 Council members.
When commenting on its veto, Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said that “the draft did not accurately reflect the real state of affairs and sent an unbalanced signal to the parties.” This lame excuse was buttressed by Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who also said that the resolution would be “a scandal.” How outrageous! With thousands Syrians dead and hundreds being added to the list each week, the scandal is the UN’s inability to stop yet another butchery by a tyrant.
While the United States and NATO responded forcefully when there was merely the threat of casualties in Libya at the hands of despot Qaddafi, the West stands by helplessly as thousands have already been killed in Syria. The United States offered the typical diplomatic response to the massacres, stating through UN Ambassador Rice: “The United States is disgusted that certain members of the council are obstructing our sole purpose here,” which was to resolve the Syrian crisis. This is even more irresponsible by one of these members who continues to provide arms to Syria.”
Finally, today after 11 months of killings, the United States pulled its ambassador from Syria and closed its embassy. This type of response may have been meaningful had been implemented at the beginning of the killings. However, with the Syrian regime already firmly committed to staying in power and with the potential for war crimes trials in the future, events have already traveled past the point of no return.
The United Nations lack of action with the Syrian massacres continues its bizarre policies towards the Arab Middle East. Since the 1960s, the Progressives who run the United Nations have blamed most of the area’s problems on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. This fallacious piece of logic covered up the realities of the illegitimate Arab governments.
Just a year ago the UN jumped into action when nine activists were killed by the Israeli Defense Force as they attempted to run a blockade of Gaza. Today, that same UN cannot garner a resolution with over 7,000 Syrians dead. This disconnect can only be considered logical by Progressives.
The United Nations, like most large bureaucracies, started with good intentions. However, it quickly became no more than any other self-serving and self perpetuating organization of professional bureaucrats. Power and money have corrupted the United Nations and rendered it impotent. With a lack of positive impact on the world, it is time to dissolve this organization.
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Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 5, 2011
Yesterday the United Nations Security Council put forth a resolution to condemn Syria for its use of deadly force against protestors. In the seven months since the protests began, an estimated 3,000 Syrians have been killed in the government’s crackdown.
The resolution was benign, calling for the Council to “consider” unspecified “measures” and only after a 30-day period. Approval of the resolution should have been a no-brainer given the number of Syrians killed by the Assad regime. However, logic and reason are not part of the UN’s vernacular. While nine voted in favor of the resolution, Russia and China vetoed it. In addition, the apologists from South Africa, India, Brazil and Lebanon abstained from the vote.
Shame on the United Nations. Shame on the Obama Administration for not taking the Assad apologists to task for their positions.
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