Yet Another Reason to Leave the U.N.

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The sorry spectacle that took place a few days ago merely confirms what the failures of the League of Nations and the U.N. should have taught everybody decades ago–– the lack of any consistent unifying principles, morals, or values has turned the U.N. into a facilitator of aggression and an enabler of appeasement. Worse yet, its procedures and meetings provide aggressors with the opportunity to hide their violent intent behind rhetoric pleasing to the Western nations who are pursuing their own national interests, or are unwilling or unable to punish aggression. Abbas’s speech is a classic example of such rhetorical subterfuge, as in the following statement: “Settlement activities embody the core of the policy of colonial military occupation of the land of the Palestinian people and all of the brutality of aggression and racial discrimination against our people that this policy entails.” The word “colonial” and the phrase “racial discrimination” are literally meaningless in this context, mere verbal triggers for a Western guilt that conveniently rationalizes an unwillingness to exercise moral clarity or even to recognize the facts of history.

What those facts show is that a critical mass of Palestinian Arabs want to destroy Israel more than they want a state. Thus the rhetoric in Abbas’s speech about “the realization of their inalienable national rights in their independent State of Palestine” is for the consumption of Westerners, for that state could have been achieved in 1947, in 2000, or in 2008. The reality of Palestinian intentions is revealed by the maps in their schools that leave out Israel; by Abbas’s dating the “occupation” to 1947 rather than 1967; by the refusal to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state; by the non-negotiable demand that millions of “refugees” be allowed back into Israel as a demographic WMD; and by the clear record of every Israeli concession being met with more terrorist violence. Yes, the Palestinians want their own state, but only one conditioned on the eventual disappearance of Israel.

Indeed, like speeches and resolutions in the U.N., terrorist violence has always been a Palestinian tactic in service to the strategic goal of destroying Israel, a tactic by the way that repudiates the U.N.’s goal “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” as its Charter has it. And given that the U.N. itself has legitimized terrorism, we should not be surprised that Palestinians are not shy about threatening violence, as when Nabeel Shaath, a senior adviser to Abbas, said that going to the U.N. is the “only alternative to violence.” Sadder still, Western leaders have internalized this tactic. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, for example, warned the U.S. about vetoing the Palestinian bid for statehood in the Security Council by asking, “Who could doubt that a veto at the Security Council risks engendering a cycle of violence in the Middle East?” As Alan Dershowitz documents in his book Why Terrorism Works, Palestinian terrorism has been rewarded for decades, particularly in the U.N., so much so that today Western leaders feel no shame at basing foreign policy not on principle and morality, but on the fear of violence.

Rather than replacing force with negotiation and international law, the U.N. has enabled and legitimized violent tyrants and aggressors, and given cover to those states that cannot or will not act to uphold their own principles, let alone those of U.N. itself. It’s time to acknowledge that the Kantian dream of a “federation of free states” joined in a “pacific alliance” that would “for ever terminate all wars” has been a chimera. Moral clarity, not the cynical diplomatic rituals of the U.N., should guide U.S. foreign policy.

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  • Ken

    THe UN is an impotent and irrelevant organization that is a blackhole for American tax dollars. The US should stop funding it and any foreign aid to other countries that are not concrete allies.

  • StephenD

    I say, make Donald Trump the Ambassador to the UN just long enough for him to empty the place and sell off the property! I can see it now…him shouting down the puffed up demigods from around the world and with a swift kick in the ass sending them scurring back to their fiefdoms.

  • J.L.Miller

    Curses on the UN. Arabs have 614 times more land than Israel, 22 islamic/ arab countries to the one democray, Israel and they think they need another?? Arabs never kept an agreement with Israel. Isreal sends truck loads of suppies to Gaza to be only to be stolen by Hamas & repaid with missiles fired at Israeli civilians. Why when the “Palestinan” have never been a counrty they cry about a “homeland” syria wants golan heights only to bomb Israel. Palentian want not a counrty but a terrorist base to attack Israel .why would they want a country so small?? Israel also has boosted the Palestian economy by 10% for several return they receive. Suicide bombers. To have a another arab/ islamic counrty on your borders with intent to destory you is nonsense. Abbas is just Arafat in a business suit.

  • Michael

    Never mind what Arabs want,rather mind what the idiotic Israeli policy is:"Isreal sends truck loads of supplies to Gaza to be only to be stolen by Hamas & repaid with missiles fired at Israeli civilians"

  • maturin20

    Moral clarity should govern US foreign policy? Why start now?

  • timespost

    You must see this:
    According to a "Cul el Arab" newspaper this person is designated as the next PA president.
    He says in this interview with Al Jazeera that Obama and Netanyahu are "scum" and that the ultimate goal of the Palestinians, is the destruction of Israel, but "it is not nice to say so" at the moment.

  • Flipside

    I was just thinking:

    "No one familiar with the sordid history of the New World should be surprised at the moral idiocy recently on display in Massachusetts Bay, when the General Assembly cheered Thomas Jefferson’s demand for statehood despite offering Britain nothing in return."

    • Ted

      What A tool!

    • Ken

      Tool does NOT begin to describe it!

      • Flipside

        Thanks, guys. All that matters is that you love each other.

    • Poppakap

      Moral equivalency at its finest. Indeed, the "flipside" of logic and rule of law.

      • Flipside

        Logic and the rule of law? Is that what you associate Israel with? I associate it with The Tories.

  • Asher

    The United Nations does not represent free societies any more. It is a Hodge Podge of Multiculturalists and Jihadists!

    • Flipside

      Don't forget to take your vitamin stack!

      • Boston

        And don't you forget to take your LSD.

        • Flipside

          Awwwww. Love from my hometown.

  • Cynic

    You should have mentioned Abbas’ involvement in the Maalot massacre and other terrorist actions.

  • Alexander Gofen

    "… the lack of any consistent unifying principles, morals, or values has turned the U.N. into a facilitator of aggression and an enabler of appeasement".

    It is not like something had turned the UN into a permanent podium for the worst of humankind at a certain point of the UN history. From the very beginning it had been found exactly as a permanent podium for the worst of humankind: founded by the worst of humankind such as Stalin!

    The mere idea that the West agreed to sit at the same table with cannibals (including literal ones) exemplified the suicide wish and grotesque appeasement of the West.

  • Mark

    Palestine is seeking recognition as a state. They are already recognized as a nation under international law; however, they do not have any land to call their own. Under Resolution 242, Israel has already withdrawn from more than 90% of the land they seized by winning in war. The Arab League, starting in 1967 continuing on today, refuses to allow any land for the Palestinians, refusal, not just in violation of Resolution 242, but in violation of decent human dignity and of the Palestinian people themselves.

  • mjazz

    Even if they get a state, the palestinians say their refugees will not be citizens:
    Listening to them is like listening to Obama.