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“Whatever Happened to the United Nations?”
by Human Events - J.D. Gordon   
September 24th, 2010

As the United Nations General Assembly convenes for their annual session in New York, much of the attention has focused on Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his declarations that capitalism is near death while the "future" belongs to his country.

Four years ago it was Venezuela's Hugo Chavez who captured the headlines with a theatrical rant referring to an appearance made by President George W. Bush as, "the devil came here yesterday, and it smells of sulfur still today."

How did such a respectable international governmental organization, one that fought a bloody war including 16-member states which beat back a Communist invasion of South Korea from 1950-1953, come to symbolize little more than a leftist think tank embracing a platform for anti-Western rhetoric?

Though the answer is complex, much of it stems from the egalitarian desire to give all heads of state an equal voice in world affairs. While a noble endeavor, the end result has been to erode a once formidable organization and champion of protecting sovereign nations into an increasingly marginalized, and at times radicalized, entity.

In a sign of the UN's new world order, Fidel Castro's Cuba and Mohammar Khadafi's Libya have a seat on its Human Rights Council. Resolutions condemning Israel have become pro forma, notably with 22 coming in the 61st General Assembly (2006-2007), during a time in which none were passed against the genocide in Sudan's Darfur.

Although the United States has not held much sway in UN affairs for some time due to routine vetoes from Russia and/or China, as well as other factors—despite providing a home for the organization and roughly 25% of the funding, things actually have gotten worse under the Obama Administration.

In an effort to re-make the country into a more multi-lateral force while apologizing for superpower status, President Obama emboldens U.S. detractors through showing weakness. Upon taking office he offered to negotiate with Iran over its nuclear program without any pre-conditions, an olive branch that was rebuffed by Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs.

Meanwhile, Obama's support of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) sponsored UN Resolution 62-145, which prohibits, "defamation of all religions and incitement to religious hatred, against Islam and Muslims in particular," seems to back his worldview that tolerance is a priority when it benefits Muslims.

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