Another UN slap in the face

By J. Bradley Keena
web posted April 23, 2001

The so-called UN Commission on so-called Human Rights on April 18 voted down an attempt to condemn China's human rights record. Meanwhile, on the same day, the same 53-nation Commission voted to condemn Israel's use of force in the Palestinian territories.

So, according to the UN Human Rights Commission, China is good, Israel is bad.

In both cases, the United States was on the losing end of the stick, despite continuing to send foreign aid dollars to so many of the nations that continue to vote against us.

To her credit, U.S. Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli reminded the illustrious body about China's repression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, its "increased restrictions" on Tibetans and "harsh sentencing" of government opponents. "China should follow the same international standards that every other country does," she said. She's right; however the wimpy nations prevailed and the condemnation of Beijing's human rights abuses was tabled -- the tenth time its been voted down.

Israeli tanks drive to a position near Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip on April 17
Israeli tanks drive to a position near Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip on April 17

Earlier, the U.S. Ambassador took to the floor to denounce the debate over Israel and Palestine as biased. She's right. Even the European Union weighed in with a resolution calling on Israel to "forgo and prevent any new installation of settlers in the occupied territories." That, of course, made the oil rich nations happy. Most of them hate Israel and demand loyalty in the UN from Europe's appeasing nations. Think I'm wrong? Then why did our three so-called allies, Britain, France and Germany vote to abstain?

But this nothing new. The latest report by the State Department on Voting Practices in the UN shows that most of the world votes against the United States most of the time -- and has been doing so for years.

Now don't get me wrong. There are a few nations that do support us in the UN. The Pacific island nations of Micronesia, Palau, and Tuvalu, were the only countries to vote with the United States 100 per cent of the time -- an "A+" on the grading scale. And then, of course, there is Israel, which voted with the United States 96.2 per cent of the time -- an "A" on the grading scale.

However, Great Britain voted with us a paltry 71.7 per cent of the time -- a "C-" on the grading scale. All of our other so-called "friends," including the rest of Europe, Australia, and even Canada voted with the U.S. less than 66 per cent of the time -- a "D" on the grading scale. Japan voted with us less than 59 per cent of the time -- an "F" on the grading scale. [Unlike an old Chateau Petrus, time and money have done nothing to improve this crowd.] In fact, over the last five years, in non-consensus votes, all of the members of the United Nations collectively have voted against the United States more than half of the time! And we give these people money? Why?

Which brings me back to the thing I always like to say when I read this annual report. "It's time to kick the United Nations out of New York and off our soil."

Mr. Keena is editor of CulturalDissident.com

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