The U.N. and Double Standards

After more than four months of silence regarding the ongoing civilian massacres in Syria that have taken at least 1600 lives, the United Nations Security Council finally issued an insipid “Presidential Statement” last week condemning “the widespread violations of human rights and the use of force against civilians by the Syrian authorities.” Such statements are nothing more than feel-good declarations that have no legal effect. Syria’s buddies on the Security Council – Russia and China – have made sure that no binding resolutions against Syria would pass.

Lebanon, currently one of the non-permanent members of the Security Council, showed its status as a satellite state of Syria and Iran when it disassociated itself from the Presidential Statement. Although not blocking the reading of the Presidential Statement, which requires unanimous consent, Lebanon nevertheless voiced its displeasure:

Today more than ever the Lebanese stand by Syria and its sovereignty and the council’s statement does not help improve the situation there, that’s why Lebanon is dissociating itself from the statement.

Lebanon has a point that the Security Council’s statement does not help improve the situation in Syria, but not for the reasons that Lebanon was espousing. The statement not only reaffirmed Syrian national sovereignty – an implied rejection of any international interference along the lines of the Security Council-approved military action in Libya to save civilians from Qaddafi’s forces. The statement also displayed the UN’s typical strain of moral equivalency. Lending credence to the Assad regime’s claims that the rebels were inciting violence against the state, the Security Council called on “all sides to act with utmost restraint, and to refrain from reprisals, including attacks against state institutions.” Consider that in Libya, by contrast, the NATO-led coalition is actually attacking Libyan state institutions on the rebels’ behalf with the Security Council’s blessing. Apparently, the Security Council is still recognizing the legitimacy of the Assad regime by opposing any rebel attacks against the state apparatus Assad is using to kill the protestors while giving free reign to NATO to take down the Qaddafi regime altogether.

In fact, the Security Council even paid homage to “the announced commitments by the Syrian authorities to reform,” and concluded that the problem was simply one of faulty “implementation.”

The Security Council statement contains no indications of possible consequences if the Assad dictatorship does not stop its atrocities. That’s because there will not be any consequences, thanks to Assad’s protectors on the Security Council. All that the statement calls for is an update to the Security Council by the UN Secretary General.

For starters, the update will presumably include mention that at least 24 people were reportedly killed on Friday alone during demonstrations against Assad. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon got so worked up about the latest mounting violence that he even called Assad over the weekend to tell him to stop the use of military force against civilians immediately. Assad will pay about as much heed to this latest call for restraint as he has to all of the previous entreaties that he has ignored.

U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, tried to put a positive spin on the Security Council statement. She said during a conference call briefing after the statement was read that it was “important and strong” and represented “a clear and unified condemnation.” She discounted the significance of Lebanon’s disassociation from the statement to the overall “unity” displayed in issuing the statement at all. Of course, when one plumbs the depths of the lowest common denominator to achieve a bland, meaningless “consensus” document, some semblance of unity can be achieved. In this case, in order to achieve the sought-after unity, a call for a “credible and impartial” investigation of human rights violations in Syria had to be first removed from the final text.

While the Security Council was playing around with its statement on Syria, the United Nations continues to stomp on Israel. In addition to the UN Human Rights Council’s obsession with persecuting Israel for alleged human rights violations while letting real human rights abusers off the hook, the UN has been busy paving the way for the Palestinians to pretend that they can become an independent state without negotiating in good faith with Israel.

As reported by Anne Bayefsky, editor of EyeontheUN, a provisional list of speakers for the opening session of the General Assembly in September lists the speaker from “Palestine” as “H.S.” or Head of State.  Since the Islamic bloc of states and their allies constitute an automatic General Assembly majority, the General Assembly will very likely pass a resolution this fall recognizing the Palestinians’ claims to an independent state along the pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

It is true that a Security Council recommendation is technically required first before a General Assembly resolution to admit a new self-declared Palestinian state as a UN member state would have any legal effect under the UN Charter. Thus, assuming the Obama administration vetoes such a Security Council recommendation (certainly not a foregone conclusion), a decision by the General Assembly to approve its own resolution anyway recognizing an independent Palestinian state would be of only symbolic importance. However, if a sizable number of European states, including particularly France, vote in favor of a General Assembly resolution endorsing international recognition of Palestinian independence along the pre-1967 borders, Israel will be even further isolated in the international community.

Thus, while the United Nations does nothing to effectively isolate and delegitimize the brutal Assad regime, it is enabling the Islamists to achieve their propaganda objective of isolating and delegitimizing Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East.

  • StephenD

    Good article Mr. Klein. It never ceases to amaze me the forked tongue messages that come from the UN. Is there still a legitimate reason for maintaining membership at all?
    I say:
    The US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!

  • SoCalMike

    We would and should have been out of the UN decades ago but the International Crowd who runs the show here has more in common with their UN counterparts than regular Americans whom they tend to view as crops and a source of income.
    The Clintons and Bushes think more of themselves as members of the International Community than Americans.

  • http://prothink.org Dieter Schact

    I can't wait until my fellow white Christian Americans unleash the fury on all of the rat-faced Jews who run the U.S. You thought 'Kristallnacht' was bad? Just wait….. we're sending you bastards straight to hell — where you came from.

    • StephenD

      I am a "white Christian American" and I REJECT completely your sentiment. You are not a Christian and cannot speak for Christianity. You speak as if for us all when you have no right to do so.

      You are a fool.

      • http://prothink.org Dieter Schact

        I'll pray for you, that someday you might finally see the truth. And I am not a fool.

        • SpiritOf1683

          And I'll pray that someone superglues a kippot to your head and drops you in the middle of Mecca. Now that would deny you your dream of Kristallnacht mark 2.

        • SpiritOf1683

          You're not a fool. You're just plain evil instead.

  • Hunter

    The best thing that could happen to the world would be Israel getting wiped off the map. I know I am not the only one who is sick of these goblin Jew bastards running the world.

    • Donald L.

      The best thing for the world would be if you died tomorrow!

    • Ghostwriter

      The best thing for you is to get a brain,pal!

  • Joseph Klein

    The snively anti-Semitic cockroaches are crawling out from under their rocks.

    • StephenD

      I am disgusted by them. Truly, I get sick to my stomach reading their hate speech. Their statements offer no value to the issue and indeed don’t even address the issue so why post them? You spoke on the UN and they bash Jews. Why give them a forum at all?

  • Robert

    Keep whining, Untermensch. Your kosher crocodile tears will never corrupt the truth.

    • Joseph Klein

      Fancy Nazi-speak from an UnterKüchenschabe

      • http://prothink.org Robert

        You parasites just love to play the Nazi card….and what's your obsession with cockroaches? Takes one to know one, eh?

        • Joseph Klein

          Untermensch, as you undoubtedly knew when you used it, was a term used by the Nazis to describe Jews and others whom they sent to the gas chambers. It is actually too kind a term to describe the Nazis themselves or their followers. So is cockroach. UnterKüchenschabe begins to get there.

          • http://prothink.org Robert

            Untermensch,
            You can't prove there were gas chambers and you know it. Give me irrefutable evidence of gas chambers and I will concede that your views are correct; however, since there is not ONE SINGLE shred of evidence in your favor, I'm not worried :)
            While we're on the subject, ask yourself one question: What caused so many German (and European) people to despise the Jews? You never ask yourselves this, and perhaps that is why you will never move on from 70 years ago.

          • Joseph Klein

            UnterKüchenschabe,

            Since you probably believe that the world is flat and that the sun revolves around the Earth (or around the Third Reich) the proof offered by Nazi records themselves, eyewitness testimony and the physical evidence wouldn't mean anything to you anyway. So indulge your hatreds, but why don't you do so somewhere else where you will be more welcome – such as on your phony "prothink".org?

          • Donald L.

            I've meet at least 15 seniors, some now deceased–all were in various concentration camps! Everyone of them still has their tattooed number on their arm! All were brought to the camps with their families, all were teenagers, all lost their parents and all adult relatives to the gas chambers! They can explain what the smell was like that came out of the smoke stacks from the crematoriums.
            One elderly lady for the longest time could never talk about her experiences because of her guilt. She was assigned to work at the hospital (what a joke!) at Auschwitz. She saw daily the horror of Joseff Mengel's cruel and utterly useless experiments on Jews. She still cries when she recounts the screams of the young groups of twins that were experimented on without anesthetic! And when Mengel was finished with all these twins–they were sent to the gas chambers!
            I could go on but the proof is from the witnesses themselves!! This is irrefutable proof–so go to hell!!!!

          • Robert

            They actually saw, with their own eyes, people being gassed? No one was gassed, idiot. Fred Leuchter did tests at Auschwitz in the 1980s and conclusively proved no cyanide gas was EVER used on the chamber walls. Explain that? You can't, because your lies are too weak. And a tattoo on someones arm only proves they were camp inmates — it DOES NOT prove gas chambers killed people.

          • Donald L.

            Oh…I guess I have to spoon feed you! I've spoken to elderly Jews that opened up the gas chambers and removed the dead bodies with their hands! Then the Germans used mechanized diggers and explosives to make the huge trenches were the bodies were placed!

            I'm amazed that you have a brain-stem! You're probably home schooled by Jew hating parents too! I'm done with you! What comes around goes around–the hate you show for others will come back to you! You're a loser with no education! Worse–you're a troll on sites like this, that explains it all. Anyone that goes to websites or any place in life that is productive, you're there spewing you're negative crap! The world is turned off by people like you, as am I–good bye!!!

          • SpiritOf1683

            What cause them to hate Jews? Easy. They're antisemitic inbreds with totally identical DNA to yourself.

        • SpiritOf1683

          What a pity you received your Jewish-invented vaccines whilst still a baby. It seems that 30 or more years later, you're still a baby, albeit a nasty, vile and antisemitic pile of cow dung.

  • http://prothink.org Robert

    UnterKüchenschabe would denote something lower than a cockroach…. so you're calling me a Jew?

    p.s. – Thanks for crucifying Christ

    • StephenD

      Robert, Dieter, Rob, et al.
      I am not Jewish. I am an American Christian. I reject entirely your ways, your thinking and your version of "Christianity." You are a fraud. You are a fool. You do not speak for us.
      Why do you waste your time here? Do you actually think you will influence someone with your fine intellect to see it your way?!?
      That really is pathetic. Not only foolish but …sad on so many levels.

    • SpiritOf1683

      To call you a cockroach would be deeply offensive to a cockroach.

      • Robert

        Untermensch,

        You sure have embodied the hateful spirit of Torah! Get a life you good-for-nothing, worthless piece of trash.
        Have fun keeping your head buried in the sand, Kosher boy!

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    The last time I checked, “true democracies” did not hate the UN, operate as rogue states, spy on their allies, keep dossiers on rights groups, erect an apartheid wall, maintain a clandestine nuclear enrichment program and shoot peace activists in international waters.

    • Robert

      Or not abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (which Iran has). May God smite Israel from the face of this Earth, preferable by means of an H-bomb.

      • SpiritOf1683

        It seems your brain has been smited fromn this earth, but what else can we expect from a bitter and evil knuckledragging antisemite like yourself? Those Jewish-invented medicines and vacccines were obviously wasted on you. And if there has ever been compelling evidence why Israelis need nukes – you and your sort have provided it.

        • Robert

          If it is anti-Semitic to oppose evil, then I am proud to be an anti-Semite!

          p.s.- those Jewish-invented vaccines cause autism :-/

          • Ghostwriter

            Robert,you are despicable!

    • Ghostwriter

      And Flipside,I haven't forgotten you. Maybe if the U.N. weren't filled with people who want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth,it might have a better image in Israel. Did you ever stop to think about that before you wrote you hideous comments on this website?

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        What? I’m sorry the US veto reversing the whole UN all the time for Israel isn’t good enough for them to participate nicely in the community of nations. I am sorry that the US implementing the Clean Break Strategy for Securing the Realm isn’t good enough. I’m sorry having Germany, USA, and Greece kowtowing all the time doesn’t make them feel safe enough to be a non-rogue state. Sorry several countries won’t be kicked out of the UN before Israel stops holding its breath.

  • Ghostwriter

    Oh yes,keep spouting anti-semitic nonsense! You're showing the whole world what an idiot you are.

  • Ghostwriter

    I am totally disgusted with people like Robert and Flipside. I'm talking about you,you anti-semitic monsters. What you seem to forget is that Jews are people too with the same right to live on this earth. Robert,you,Flipside and the rest of your merry band of haters are filth of the lowest order! You are disgusting,vile,and horrible. You've earned whatever criticism you have by your appalling anti-semitism. You and the Islamists deserve to be thrown on to the ashheap of history where you and your kind always end up. You are disgusting vermin who have neither shame,humanity,or decency.

    • Robert

      LOL "anti-Semitic! anti-Semitic! anti-Semitic!" Stop using that worthless term! Did you know, Mr. oblivious, that Arabs are Semites as well? How, then, am I anti-Semitic when I have Arab friends? Doesn't that make me "pro" Semitic? When a U.S. bomber fires missiles at an Afghan hut, that is "anti-Semitic". When Israel drops cluster bombs on Palestine, that is "anti-Semitic". When I point out that the Jew is our misfortune, that is simply the truth.

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      I have nothing against Jews.