Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Another UN Rant

It has been a week since the election and the gnashing of teeth and blame game, along with all that goes with it, continues. This redneck, knuckle-dragging, incestual, stupid Jesus freak is ready to move on. Or maybe I will revisit one of my pet peeves. Then again maybe I will rant about several of them.

Who gave France the right to interfere in the Ivory Coast? Did they take the global test? Blood for cocoa is not a good motto. Where is the 12 UN resolutions condeming this regime in the Ivory Coast? Don't ask us to bail your ass out again. Has Kofi declared this action legal?

The U.N. Security Council, in emergency session late Saturday, demanded an
immediate halt to all military action in Ivory Coast, and France blamed Ivory
Coast's leader directly.
"I think President (Laurent) Gbagbo is personally
responsible for what has happened," French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier told
France LCI television on Sunday, calling the violence "unexplainable,

Ivory Coast will ask the U.N. Security Council for action against France,
presidential spokesman Desire Tagro said. "We are faced with aggression by one
country against another country. We are going to inform the entire world ...
that France has come to attack us."

What is the UN doing in Sudan in the Darfur genocide? Yes, Sudan, one of the members of the Human Rights Commission of the UN. Human Rights watch has much to say about this disaster. Read the entire report and tell me what good the UN does in anything.

The United Nations has repeatedly characterized the practice of ethnic cleansing as a violation of international humanitarian law, and has demanded that perpetrators of ethnic cleansing be brought to justice. Read Ethnic Cleansing
The individual human rights abuses that characterize ethnic cleansing are
crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Human Rights Watch has found
credible evidence that the government of Sudan has purposefully sought to remove
by violent means the Masalit and Fur populations from large parts of Darfur in
operations that amount to ethnic cleansing. The attacks directed against
civilians, the burning of their villages, the mass killings of persons under
their control, the forced displacement of populations, the destruction of their
food stocks, livelihoods and the looting of their livestock by government and
militia forces are not merely a scorched earth tactic or an element of a
counterinsurgency strategy. Their aim appears to be to remove those ethnic
groups from large areas of the region and redistribute this population, mainly
into the vicinity of government-controlled towns where they can be concentrated,
confined and controlled.

The U.N. Commission on Human Rights: more heat than light.
More on the EU reaction and the African Unions reaction here and here. How about the US?....here.

Now that Kofi Annan and the UN are in the spotlight because of corruption due to the Oil-for-Food program, covering up sexual harrassment charges against some of their own and the UN's inability to make a difference in this world, what are we paying for? The 22 percent of the UN budget that we pay so Kofi can call the Iraqi war 'illegal'? And get rich with under the table deals? I don't think so.

Arthur Chrenkoff has a very good piece on another of the UN success stories. Kosovo is a real definition of a quagmire with a comparison to Iraq.