Monday, June 09, 2008

A UN military coup

Norm Geras, in his profiling of other bloggers, poses the question: What would you do with the UN? The answers mostly differ only in detail and emphasis but a general dissatisfaction with this body seems to be the standard sentiment. No one, however, as far as I know, has taken the time and trouble to actually think and suggest practical solutions. Why, I don't know, whether out of some lingering respect for the world body, or shyness of explicit prescriptions.

So I was very gratified when I read Noah Pollak's post on "Contentions" where he resuscitated an old classic addressing this exact question, by William F. Buckley, as trenchantly relevant today, if not more so, as it was when it first appeared in 1975:

In the session following the day of the formal closing, a bulletin came in, and the place was in pandemonium. It appears that the military attached to the UN to give technical advice on world disarmament have staged a successful coup and have taken over the General Assembly, the Security Council, and the Secretariat. In due course the UN colonels will issue their instructions, but already it is discolsed that the Soviet Union will not be permitted to talk about disarming without disarming; the Chinese may not speak about human rights without granting human rights; the Arabs will not be permitted to speak about the plight of the less developed countries without forswearing the cartelization of their oil; the Africans may not talk about racism until after subduing the leaders of Uganda, the Central African Republic, and Burundi, for a starter; and, just to prove that the colonels are not above a bill of attainder, Jamil Baroody [the Saudi ambassador] may not speak at all, on any subject, for ninety days — after which he will be put on probation, and permitted to increase the length of his speeches by one minute per month, until he reaches the maximum of ten minutes, except that at the first mention of Zionist responsibility for World War I, he has to start all over again. The delegates from Eastern Europe must wear red uniforms when they appear on the floor and, before rising to speak, must seek explicit and public permission from the delegate of the Soviet Union. A scientific tabulation will be made, under the colonels’ supervision, of the compliance of individual countries with the provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and each country’s delegate will be required to wear on his lapel his nation’s ranking on that scale, which will range from one hundred to zero. Any country with a ranking of less than seventy-five will not be permitted to speak on the subject of human rights.

Bravo to Pollak and thumbs up to Mr. Buckley who must be an eternal favourite with his fortunate heavenly father...


At 3:16 PM EDT, Blogger Bald Headed Geek said...

As an occasional reader of my blog, you know this all too well, CC, but I absolutely detest the UN. It's nothing but an ant-Semitic, anti-American "think tank" dedicated to doing what it can to see that Israel ceases to exist and, if possible, to reduce the United States to the status of a third-rate power......a status occupied by most of the countries in that organization.

Frankly, I think that the U.S. should turf the U.N. out of New York City. Let the delegates spout off their hatred in Geneva. Turtle Bay could be turned into some very expensive condominiums.......


At 2:13 PM EDT, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

"No one, however, as far as I know, has taken the time and trouble to actually think and suggest practical solutions."

I protest! I offered once to boot them out of Manhattan and use the place as a parking lot. Can you imagine how valuable the lot will become?

At 10:54 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) Move the UN out of NYC.

2) Move in the League of Democracies.

3) After that, the US should leave the UN. I don't care where they relocate. Anywhere but here.

US dollars provide 25% of the funding for the UN. Without the US, the organization will collapse.

At 5:33 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Bolton's often mis-quoted comments are worth noting as well:

"Many Republicans in Congress - and perhaps a majority - not only do not care about losing the General Assembly vote but actually see it as a "make my day" outcome. Indeed, once the vote is lost, and the adverse consequences predicted by the U.N.'s supporters begin to occur, this will simply provide further evidence to many why nothing more should be paid to the U.N. system."

The nomination of Bolton is the only time I have called this or any president to express my opinion. Of course I encouraged his nomination in the strongest terms.


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