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Wretched hive of
scum and villainy
Students of political science would be forced to conclude that the field
of international relations is a discipline fraught with bizarre irony
and stunning contradiction. This is no where as evident as it is at the
United Nations. Both American policymakers and the general public fell
victim to this reality in the controversy surrounding the expulsion of
the United States from various UN panels such as the Commission on Human
Rights and the International Narcotics Control Board.
The United States has been booted off these international bodies largely because of this nation's refusal to submit fully to the yoke of the globalist agenda and for mustering some courage with the advent of the Bush administration to stand up to this planetary nonsense to a limited degree.
It has been speculated that the U.S. is being punished for challenging UN initiatives regarding issues such as the International Criminal Court, the effort to abolish landmines, and the Kyoto global warming treaty --- all of which the United States has rational grounds for opposing.
Yet this dispute between the United States and the United Nations runs deeper than these significant but peripheral policy disputes. These disagreements merely scratch the surface of the ideological chasm festering between these two geopolitical powerhouses. Increasingly, freedom lovers everywhere find two opposing interpretations as to the nature of human rights competing for prominence in the world at large.
On the one hand can be found the traditional Western view held by the
majority of decent upright Americans adhering to the worldview that fundamental
rights and liberties are granted to the individual as an inherent protection
against the intrusive tendencies of governments as well as other individuals.
It is this conflict between the differing conceptions of personal liberty that has gotten the United States kicked off the UN panels where the statist interpretation of human rights have come to predominate. A rundown of the Commission's membership will bear this assertion out. Perusing the Commission's rolls is like taking a tour down Dick Tracy's Rogue's Gallery on an international level.
The primary power wanting the U.S. off the Commission was none other than our esteemed "strategic partner" Red China, a nation renowned for its overwhelming devotion to the welfare of the individual. The Communist government there has slaughtered millions in pursuit of dubious ends as epitomized by that county's Great Cultural Revolution. Forced abortions and religious persecution of believing Christians continues in that nation to this very day.
Another paragon of inalienable rights guiding the Commission to ever
higher plateaus of individual emancipation is Saudi Arabia. In that particular
land of opportunity, women aren't even allowed to drive cars and those
who convert from Islam to another faith are rewarded by having their heads
Even the more enlightened and civilized nations on the Human Rights Commission
leave something to be desired in their interpretation of fundamental rights
The only thing protecting the people of the world from the full wrath
of the diabolical intentions of the United Nations is the love of freedom
and concern for justice found at the heart of the American spirit. Without
this influence, such evil would know no bounds. Without an American presence
to temper its decisions, the Human Rights Commission has continued its
downward spiral of propagating policies inimical to a true understanding
of human rights.
According to the May 17, 2001 Washington Times, it is becoming increasingly
difficult for such watchdog organizations to get the bureaucratic clearance
necessary to participate in UN forums and meetings. Joanna Weschler of
Human Rights Watch points out in the article that repressive governments
have been emboldened to deny the right petition to organizations opposed
to the totalitarian style of administration since Sudan successfully banished
the abolitionist Christian Solidarity International from participating
at UN functions nearly two years ago.
It is therefore imperative for the United States to remain active within
the United Nations for the time being if for no other reason than to try
and hold this Hobbesian leviathan at bay along with its proposals of perdition.
In the movie "Star Wars", immediately prior to entering the scene in the sleazy bar Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious." Such words of wisdom are quite apropos regarding America's relationship to the United Nations.
(c) 2001 by Frederick B. Meekins
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