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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Another Citation Of UN Irrelevance

The New York Times has the newest saga in the unfolding drama we know today as the United Nations, and their continued downward spiral into complete and utter irrelevance.

John R. Bolton, the United States ambassador, said Monday that he intended to offer a Security Council resolution on Tuesday that would publicly identify four Sudanese individuals responsible for atrocities in Darfur and possibly force a vote on whether the panel would impose sanctions on them.
"We've been pushing sanctions for years, and the effort was always to make it clear to the government in Khartoum that there would be individual consequences," Mr. Bolton said in a telephone interview.

He said he decided on the move after learning that China and Russia had objected to action against the four individuals. Their names were circulated among Council members last Thursday under a so-called silence procedure that would have applied the sanctions unless they met opposition.

On Monday, China said it opposed the sanctions, and Russia said it backed China's view. Wang Guangya, the Chinese ambassador, said that taking action now would complicate African Union-sponsored peace talks on the conflicted Darfur region under way in Abuja, Nigeria. "At this sensitive moment, to publish the list of names will have a negative effect on the negotiations there," he said.
The four — including a member of government, as well as fighters from pro- and anti-government militias — are charged with committing atrocities and undermining peace efforts in Darfur. The sanctions include travel bans and freezes on assets.

Mr. Bolton said he was surprised by the response of China and Russia, despite the two countries' traditional reluctance to endorse sanctions, because these were aimed at individuals rather than countries.

"That's the whole idea of targeted sanctions, not to have a broader effect than necessary," he said. "These are people who are involved in atrocities and killing people and turning people into refugees."
Mr. Bolton said he hoped China and Russia would reconsider their opposition, avoiding a showdown vote. Both countries are permanent members with veto power.

"This will be in effect a test of the Council to see if the sanctions procedure is going to work at all, and we have moved slowly, unfortunately
slowly, but we certainly have come to the point where it's time for a decision," he said.

This marks the second instance where both China and Russia have shown reluctance in passing and enforcing UN sanctions. As our readers are well-versed, both Thoms and I have next-to-no respect for the United Nations, and this is just one more reason why. In Darfur, genocide is occurring. It is, in short, Rwanda all over again. The world turned a blind eye then, and they seem to be doing the same again.

To say this is unacceptable is an understatement.

Under Kofi Annan, the UN has had a number of scandals. The Oil-For-Food scandal was just the tip of the iceberg. We have also learned of the various sex scandals involving UN officials and peacekeepers. They were not willing to move forward with the United States on Iraq. They failed to act in Rwanda. They demanded that their peacekeepers sit on their triggers in Somalia.

When does the UN care about human beings aside from themselves? Evidently, they do not care about the world's population in some of the worst hell-holes in the world. If this is indeed the case, then it is time to quit funding this waste of time, energy, and money, withdraw ourselves from it, and kick them the Hell out of our nation. Buh-bye. You have proven, yet again, that you cannot handle the big decisions from the big chair.

As for Russia and China, if I were them, I would take a close look at the world, and figure out whose side they are on. It is growing apparently clear that they are not on the side of freedom (understatement concerning China), and are more in favor of continued chaos in the world. That does make sense, especially in relation to Iran; a nation both countries have had business dealings with, including deals concerning weapons.

Aside from Great Britain and Australia, I see not other allies for the United States. And I mean allies in the sense that they always have been; not a finger held up in the wind to see which way they should jump. We are in a dangerous world right now with a shadowy enemy that would like nothing better than to see America in flames, and allies in this struggle are more important than ever. However the UN cannot be trusted, and it is becoming clearer each day that neither can Russia or China.

The Bunny ;)


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