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Is It Finally Time To Disband the United Nations?

July 30, 2014

Yesterday, the United Nations (U.N.) once again called for an “unconditional” cease-fire in the Hamas-Israeli war, and once again nothing happened.  Is it time to admit the U.N. is a failed experiment and to disband the United Nations?

This is just the latest in a long line of failed “cease-fires” and condemnations of the conflict. The U.N. seems to have an unhealthy obsession with ineffectually condemning the war between Hamas and Israel (and mostly condemning Israel) multiple times, feebly trying to stop it, and ignoring the rest of the world.

Crises Around the Globe

In Iraq,

Christians are being forced from their homes, publicly executed, or forced to pay money just to live in fear. In addition, ISIS continues to level historical sites that aren’t in-line with their radical Islamic beliefs.

According to The Independent:

The vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq has warned the end for Christians in the country appears “very near” as he appealed for help after a deadline set by Islamic militants to convert or be killed expired. Canon Andrew White, dubbed “the bishop of Baghdad” for his work at St George’s church in the capital, spoke after the ultimatum handed to Christians in the northern city of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq Levant (Isis) to convert, pay a tax or be put to death passed last week. For those Christians who did not comply with the decree by 19 July, Isis warned that “there is nothing to give them but the sword.” Many have since fled their homes and Rev. Andrew-White told BBC Radio 4 Today desperate Christians were trapped in the desert or on the streets with nowhere to go.

In China,

hundreds of police removed a church’s cross.

According to Fox News:

Hundreds of police took down a church’s cross Monday in a city known as “China’s Jerusalem” for its many houses of worship amid a crackdown on church buildings in a coastal region where thousands of people are embracing Christianity. Evangelist Qu Linuo said he and about 200 others had rushed to the Longgang Huai En Church in the eastern city of Wenzhou to protect the building but peacefully made way for the police, who used a crane to remove the 10-foot-tall red cross from its steeple. Authorities told the church the cross violated building height limits, and returned it to the parishioners, who wept and prayed around it, said Qu, who is a member of another church. A man at the county’s public security office said he didn’t know anything about the incident, and the Longgang township police didn’t answer phone calls. Across Zhejiang province, where Wenzhou is located, authorities have toppled or threatened to topple crosses at more than 130 Protestant churches. In a few cases, the government has even razed sanctuaries.

In Nigeria,

hundreds of people are being killed, both Christian and Muslim, by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

These are just a few examples of all the violence and death in world today.

In the United States,

The U.N. called shutting off water due to non-payment a human rights violation.

The news release noted that due to high poverty and unemployment rates, relatively expensive water bills in Detroit are unaffordable for a significant portion of the population.

Catarina de Albuquerque, the Special Rapporteur on the human right to water and sanitation, said that disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying.

Silence from the U.N.

The U.N. has condemned the violence in Iraq, once. It hasn’t said a word about religious persecution in China. It hasn’t “formally condemned” (an action worthless in and of itself) Boko Haram. Instead, it has spent every day of the past 20-day war telling Israel to stop defending itself, and launching investigations into Israel’s supposed “war crimes.” I don’t see any investigation into ethnic cleansing by ISIS. I don’t see diplomats rushing from all over the world to help the Christians being beheaded in the streets. Where is the outrage? Where are the hordes of screaming protestors with their hashtags and cardboard signs? They’re nowhere. Instead, all eyes are on the U.N., and its strong statements against some civilians being killed. Instead of issuing a strongly worded letter to the terrorists using civilians as human shields in UN facilities, the U.N. sends that letter to Israel — effectively saying that it’s OK to violate every law of war known to man, but it’s not OK to try to defend yourself from terrorists.

Disband the United Nations

This war, and all the other crises around the globe, are showing day after day that the U.N. needs to be dissolved. It’s doing more harm than good.

A strong argument in the other direction is that if the United States pulled out of the United Nations, other countries would find a way to give it teeth, and those teeth would generally be used to bite America. That argument has so far proved persuasive.

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