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HOCUS-POCUS RESOLUTIONS AT THE UN

 

 


By Carey Roberts
September 27, 2005
NewsWithViews.com

No one seems to know the exact number, but each year the United Nations approves over a thousand resolutions. Normally these pompous decrees are a harmless exercise that keep busy-body bureaucrats occupied and out of harm’s way. But sometimes not.

From its beginning days, the UN has been wracked by regional, religious, and ideological factionalism. When problems arose -- Korea, Kashmir, the Israeli-Arab conflict, Cuba, Congo, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Iraq all come to mind – the United Nations found itself paralyzed and unable to intervene.

So before long, the UN do-gooders came to see the crafting, negotiating, approving, and cataloging of resolutions as a magical potion that would substitute for actually taking action. Pass a resolution and abracadabra! – problem solved.

So what if Saddam Hussein defied the UN inspectors for the umpteenth time? Just rubber stamp another resolution.

With so much paper flying around, though, it’s no surprise that some resolutions end up making things worse.

Take Resolution 3379, approved by the UN General Assembly in 1975. Resolution 3379 was the infamous document that “condemned Zionism as a threat to world peace and security and called upon all countries to oppose this racist and imperialist ideology.” Racist and imperialist ideology? What were these people smoking?

Resolution 3379 is just one of many one-sided resolutions passed by the United Nations against the Israeli state.

But Jews are not the only ones forced to endure UN-sponsored hate-mongering. Members of the male sex have been targeted, as well. But this attack has been a bit more nuanced.

Back in 1975, the same people who were busy denouncing Israel also got involved with the First World Conference on the Status of Women in Mexico City. Not surprisingly, the Declaration from that meeting opened with this over-wrought preamble:

“Recognizing that women of the entire world…share the painful experience of receiving or having received unequal treatment, and that as their awareness of this phenomenon increases they will become natural allies in the struggle against any form of oppression, such as is practiced under colonialism, neo-colonialism, zionism, racial discrimination and apartheid...” [Read]

After its ritualistic denunciation of zionism and all the other isms they could think of, the Declaration then went on to claim that increasing the participation of women in society would “contribute to international peace and co-operation.”

This idea that women are somehow more peaceful than men, endlessly repeated at UN meetings, has always mystified me. Too many times in my career I’ve seen women gang up and dispose of co-workers who didn’t quite fit in. Maybe it’s the maternal instinct thing again.

But it was Resolution 1325, which deals with women and peace and was passed by the Security Council on October 31, 2000, that proves evil still lurks at the UN.

First, Resolution 1325 made the claim that “women and children account for the vast majority of those adversely affected by armed conflict.” But history shows it’s almost always innocent male civilians who bear the brunt of civil unrest. [Read] For example, during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in one village all the men between the ages of 12 and 60 were knifed or shot, then buried in graves that they themselves had been forced to dig.

Then the Security Council Resolution recommended that mine clearance programs “take into account the special needs of women and girls.” I don’t want to imply the UN folks are complete idiots, but obviously they never read the report from the International Committee of the Red Cross that found 93% of Afghani landmine casualties were men and boys. [Read]

And of course the declaration reaffirms the “important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-making.”

But the real message of the Security Council Resolution is this: If it weren’t for all those control-freak, war-mongering men around, life would be a whole lot better for us poor helpless women.

That’s a message we might expect from an anti-male tirade of Andrea Dworkin, but not from the world body entrusted with safeguarding international peace.

In his book Tower of Babble, Dore Gold reveals how moral equivalence has taken over at the UN, rendering the global organization indecisive, emasculated, and ineffective. “The organization’s record over the past half century reflects one shocking failure after another,” the former UN ambassador sadly concludes. “The UN has proven itself to be singularly unsuited to preserving global order.”

Let’s face it: the United Nations is morally irredeemable. It’s time to chuck the whole thing and start all over.

© 2005 Carey Roberts - All Rights Reserved

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Carey Roberts is an analyst and commentator on political correctness. His best-known work was an exposé on Marxism and radical feminism. Mr. Roberts’ work has been cited on the Rush Limbaugh show.

Besides serving as a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, he has published in The Washington Times, LewRockwell.com, RenewAmerica.us, ifeminists.net, Men’s News Daily, eco.freedom.org, The Federal Observer, Opinion Editorials, and The Right Report.

Previously, he served on active duty in the Army, was a professor of psychology, and was a citizen-lobbyist in the US Congress. In his spare time he admires Norman Rockwell paintings, collects antiques, and is an avid soccer fan. He now works as an independent researcher and consultant.

Roberts now works as an independent lecturer, writer, and consultant. E-Mail: CareyRoberts@comcast.net


 

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Resolution 3379 is just one of many one-sided resolutions passed by the United Nations against the Israeli state.