Why I wash my hands of the U.N. and you should too
Claudia Rosett has written a ringing essay nailing the hypocrisy of the U.N. once and for all (via Instapundit)--as if her exposes of the Oil for Food corruption weren't already damning proof enough:
Over the past six years, Israel honored its commitment to peace. The U.N. — disproportionately — required in practice no such compliance on the Lebanese side of the border. The “peacekeepers” of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, called UNIFIL, sat passively looking on, costing about $100 million a year and doing nothing to stop Hezbollah from trucking in weapons, digging tunnels, and running the armed protection rackets with which it has kept a grip on swathes of Lebanon, including the southern border with Israel, parts of the Bekaa, and southern Beirut. Before the current fighting, UNIFIL had most recently distinguished itself for a run-of-the-U.N.-mill financial swindle involving a contingent of Ukrainian peacekeeping troops. On that subject, whatever laws might have been violated, the U.N. has — as usual with U.N. scams — refused to release details. Now, UNIFIL peacekeepers have been reduced to casualties of the crossfire, while Secretary-General Kofi Annan urges that we take what the U.N. has done wrong already, and do more of it.
Read the whole thing, she's just getting warmed up.
Bookworm Room also echoes my sentiments when she begins her blogpost with the words:
Decades ago, when I still naively believed that the UN was an organization that would preserve world peace, ...
Meanwhile, as long as there remains a U.N., Bolton seems like the kind of guy we want to send there.
I'm writing my representatives to urge them to cut off any further funding of the U.N. Surely there are better, more effective and less corrupt venues to accomplish justice and promote prosperity, freedom, and peace in the world. And if there aren't, we need to put our best heads together and create some. We should no longer continue to fund this stinking sinkhole.