Plagued with UNsatisfying results
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 14:09
As Syria continues to slaughter thousands of her own people, it is time to accept a fact that has been staring at us for the longest time; the United Nations is ineffective.
In its charter, the U.N. pledges to promote peace and certain human rights throughout its member states. While these goals are very healthy for the UN to have, it simply fails at promoting them of late.
Examples of the United Nations hypocrisies further perpetuate the idea that it simply isn’t working as an institution.
The U.N. makes the most asinine appointments to positions on its various committees. In the past, Syria has served on committees responsible for setting human rights standards, China has served on the committee on Information and Saudi Arabia and Iran had a place on the special board on women’s rights.
One of the most frightening appointments was to the Security Council. Lebanon, the country where the terrorist organization Hezbollah is located, served as President of the Security Council in 2011.
It almost looks like the U.N. handpicks the nations with the lowest status on the subject so they can learn something from the committee rather than adding to it.
Faulty appointments are further proof that the U.N. is no longer the body that it was intended to be after World War II.
In the past five years alone, the U.N. has wasted time and resources investigating champions of civil rights and democracy while letting other states get away with crimes against humanity.
The U.N. Human Rights Council investigated the 2012 American presidential election’s voter identification laws while Saudi Arabia prohibits women from voting altogether and Zimbabwe suppresses millions of votes against the ruling party.
The U.N. has also heavily scrutinized Israel, the United States’ biggest ally in the Middle East, for human rights violations even though Israel has proven to be a champion of rights with free religion, women and LGBT freedom in the military, universal suffrage, freedom of speech, and no capital punishment in civilian courts; most of these rights and freedoms are not found anywhere else in the region.
Many of the deficiencies in the U.N. today stem from the act of lowering the bar to let other nations in rather than making the other nations raise standards to conform to UN requirements.
The UN seems to sacrifice human rights in order to keep peace. This is causing problems in the United States today.
Russia will not let the United States proceed to destroy the chemical weapons in Syria until the U.N. gives the go ahead. This leaves a tricky question of morals.
Is it better for the US to use military force and take casualties in Syria, or let the Syrian government continue to kill her own people?
Regardless of your answer to the question, one truth remains evident. The United Nations is no longer the champion of freedom and democracy that the U.S. tried to make it.
The problem has gone on for so long now that there is no reasonable way to fix the U.N. without dropping out and creating a different institution.