Like wide, paisley ties, The UN should be put in the attic or wherever you throw the old stuff that is out of style. Each year the United States pays over FIVE BILLION Dollars to the international body and in return receives absolutely nothing (unless you want to count the scofflaws who park illegally all across NY City and get away with it because of the DPL license plates). If anything the UN works against US interests not only in the big green eyesore on 48th street in Manhattan, but through its organizations all across the earth. If the US decided to withhold its 5 billion dollars, what is the worst thing that could happen, the UN would become anti-American? TOO LATE. Just look at the latest appointees to work for the Human Rights Council, they are both anti-Israel and an affront to anything American:
“Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity? I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty.”
In his piece, Falk goes on to compare Israeli actions in Gaza with the Hutu genocide in Rwanda (where 800,000 Tutsis were slaughtered), the Srebrenica massacre by the Serbs of 8,000 Bosnians, and the genocide in Darfur, which has claimed over 200,000 lives at the hands of Sudanese-backed militias, with the caveat that “Gaza is morally far worse, although mass death has not yet resulted.” Describing Gaza as a “cauldron of pain and suffering for the entire population” and “the world’s largest prison,” Falk goes on to describe Israeli policy as imposing “a sub human existence on a people that have been repeatedly and systematically made the target of a variety of severe forms of collective punishment.” In Falk’s warped view:
“To persist with such an approach under present circumstances is indeed genocidal, and risks destroying an entire Palestinian community that is an integral part of an ethnic whole. It is this prospect that makes appropriate the warning of a Palestinian holocaust in the making, and should remind the world of the famous post-Nazi pledge of ‘never again.'”
The comparison Falk draws between Israel and Nazi Germany is highly distasteful, insensitive, and insulting, not only to the people of Israel, who include many of the families of the six million victims of the Holocaust, but also to the victims of the Rwanda and Sudan genocides as well as the mass killing in Bosnia. In response to Falk’s remarks, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Arye Mekel told the Daily Telegraph: “We take it personally. My grandparents were murdered by the Nazis. How can I react to these comments? They’re very painful. This is a personal insult to every Israeli.” The Bush Administration and the three presidential candidates should follow the lead set by Florida Congresswoman Illeana Ros-Lehtinen, ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who has spoken out against both Ziegler’s and Falk’s appointments. So far the White House and State Department have been quiet on the matter, but it is time for the silence to be broken. Princeton alumni should also make their voices heard, calling on their alma mater to reject Professor Falk’s inflammatory comments on Israel, expressing their displeasure with Princeton’s name being associated with such an extreme position. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon should also speak on the issue, and state that these appointments undermine the credibility (admittedly thin already) and the overall standing of the United Nations. While his predecessor Kofi Annan was as meek as a mouse on human rights issues, Ban should not be afraid to address the UN’s failings in this area. The rise of Falk and Ziegler in the UN’s human rights apparatus serve as an important reminder of how the UN has fundamentally lost its way and has largely thrown out its moral compass. It is important that the United States, which hands over more than $5.3 billion a year to the United Nations, demands accountability and takes a stand on the appointment to UN bodies of individuals who are a blot on the organization and whose extremist views are an affront to American values. Nile Gardiner is the director of the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation.