Trick or treat? The UN had a birthday
By Isabel Lyman
web posted October 25, 2004
United Nations Day was observed on October 24, but fewer and fewer Americans were in the mood to party.
Established after World War II in 1945 with the goal of maintaining "international peace and security," the United Nations is also famous for promoting "universal respect for and observance of human rights." But after 59 years, and tens of billions of U.S. tax dollars that have been funneled into the corrupt organization, there is an increasing public wariness over the worthiness of U.N.-initiated endeavors.
- The Get US Out! movement continues to gain momentum. The American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003 (H.R. 1146) had 16 co-sponsors in the Congress. If the legislation had passed, the United States' participation in the United Nations would have been terminated.
- The crowd wildly cheered when California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unexpectedly declared, at the 2004 Republican National Convention, "If you believe this country, not the United Nations, is the best hope of democracy in the world, then you are a Republican!"
Unfortunately, the true believers, who think that the sky-blue U.N. flag trumps Old Glory, won't be dissuaded. Some queries for them:
- If membership in the United Nations is open to only "peace-loving states," why are Syria and Libya - nations that are sponsors of terrorism - part of the 191 member states?
- Who gave the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) the power to designate national jewels, such as Everglades National Park and Yellowstone National Park, as World Heritage sites? According to Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX), "UNESCO bypasses congressional authority to manage federal lands, including places like the Everglades, by establishing management policies without congressional consultation."
- Why did delegates to the U.N. Earth Summit, held in Johannesburg in 2002, feast on lobster and steak, while boys and girls in nearby shanty towns went hungry?
- Why was General Colin Powell ridiculed at the Earth Summit for complaining that Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe's land grabs have brought citizens to "the brink of starvation"?
- Where was the international outcry when Claude Baert and Kurt Coelus, who were part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Somalia (1993), were photographed swinging a Somali boy over an open fire?
- Why is China, where ill-treatment of Chinese Christians is not a rare affair, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council?
- Why does so little of the money, raised for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) during Halloween, get dispensed to needy youngsters, while much of it is used for overhead costs, luxury travel, and overstaffing?
- Why did a U.N peackeeping mission in the province of Katanga (1961) include the bombing of hospitals and other civilian targets?
- Why didn't heads roll after former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali told the Washington Post that "perhaps half of the UN work force does nothing useful"?
- Why was Fidel Castro, whose regime Freedom House rates among the "most repressive" in the world, allowed to address the UN Assembly Hall in 2000 where he derided wealthy nations that "make us poorer, more exploited, and more dependent"?
- Why does Secretary-General Kofi Annan merit a New York City mansion, a budget for security and entertainment, and a six-figure salary, when so many American jobs are being outsourced?
- Why do U.N. bureaucrats receive money for their children's private school tuition, while many U.S. citizens can't convince their elected officials to champion school choice?
- Why was Alger Hiss, a devoted Communist, allowed to serve as secretary-general at the United Nations' founding convention?
- Last: Why do the majority of recipients of U.S. foreign aid regularly vote against our wishes in the United Nations?
This October, question the U.N. Do it for the children.
Izzy Lyman, author of The Homeschooling Revolution, thinks that the Boston Red Sox's Johnny Damon - not Johnny Kerry or Johnny Edwards - has the better 'do. She can be reached at
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