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So Much for the UN Charade in Syria…

August 30th, 2013 - 11:25 pm

If there’s one favor Russia and China have done for us all lately, it’s been to reduce the United Nations to glaring irrelevance in the Syria conflict. Due to these two, there has been no Security Council resolution proposing to deal with Syria, and it looks like there won’t be. Repeated emergency meetings and draft resolutions have all arrived at a big nothing.

Why is that helpful? Because it removes the fig leaf assumption that the UN is on the job, ergo something is being done.  Too often, when terrible events start to build, the UN becomes the go-to place for relays of special envoys, Security Council resolutions, and grand pronouncements by senior international civil servants. Money is spent, statements are issued, diplomatic huddles take place, crash meetings are called, and in a cloud of bureaucratic palaver, the can gets kicked down the road. Erstwhile leaders of the free world can delay any real decisions, because they have deflected the problem to the UN. Meanwhile, on the ground, the troubles keep boiling over.

Examples range from the 1994 decision of Kofi Annan, then head of UN peacekeeping, to ignore the warnings of his own man in the field about the imminent Rwanda genocide; to the pronouncements of the UN’s top diplomats that the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq was one of the UN’s stellar achievements; to the assurances of Annan in 2006, as secretary-general, that his secret negotiator was hard at work arranging the return of two Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah (ultimately, Israel was left to redeem their mortal remains in exchange for releasing living terrorists). The UN over the past seven years has imposed a series of sanctions resolutions on Iran and North Korea, meant to stop their rogue nuclear projects — with much fanfare and no success. The list goes on. The point is, the UN promises things it cannot deliver, and while those promises are invoked as remedies, or signs of action, people suffer and die, and the problems grow.

In the case of Syria, when the March, 2011 rebellion met with violence that mushroomed into mass carnage, civil war, the use of heavy weapons, and chemical weapons, by the regime, and the emergence of Islamist elements including al Qaeda affiliates among the opposition, it was easier for the U.S. and its allies to hang back and watch — because the UN was, in theory, on the job.

Thus did we see the resurrection in February, 2012, of the retired former secretary-general Kofi Annan, brought in as special joint envoy of the UN and Arab League to try to broker peace in Syria. It was a move obviously doomed from the start , but Annan spent almost half a year jetting around from Geneva to Damascus to Tehran to UN headquarters in New York, before he finally resigned in frustration. Meanwhile, the death toll in Syria kept rising, and the odds of any decent resolution kept falling. Annan was replaced by an old member of his UN inner circle, the current special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi — an Algerian whose angle on the Middle East is pretty well summed up by his 2004 comment labeling the policies of the democratic state of Israel as “the big poison” in the region.

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He's dragging out his decision-making process as long as possible. His administration is happy to have media attention taken away from their corruption for awhile, but Obama is reveling in the opportunity to pose as a real "president" while the world is in a state of suspension waiting for him to make his decision. He is indeed mentally unbalanced and becoming more so every day. What we are seeing unfold is terrifying.
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But I suppose Obama can do whatever he wants as America no longer even has a military, he does. It's no longer America's military, not according to Obama anyway, it's his military. He said it again just recently, "My military ..." and "When I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf ...".

The only other head of state I can imagine ever having said, "My military" and "fighting on my behalf" is Adolf Hitler. I'm not even sure Adolf Hitler was that much of a megalomaniac. I think we are into Pharaoh territory here ... or at least King "I am the State" Louie. This destructive lunatic of a man has become utterly mad.
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"In the case of Syria, when the March, 2011 rebellion met with violence that mushroomed into mass carnage, civil war, the use of heavy weapons, and chemical weapons, by the regime ..."

We do not know that it was the "regime" that used chemical weapons. We have Obama's and Kerry's word on it which is utterly worthless.
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32 weeks ago
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"United Nations to glaring irrelevance"

Claudia! It would have had to have been raised to relevance in order to be rendered irrelevant again. It's been irrelevant since the "unaligned" nations captured the GA.
32 weeks ago
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Mark Steyn put it best: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy.

You can't win with Moslems, it's all bad with them, and it always is.

But you *can* lose with Moslems. So here we go. Again.
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"If there’s one favor Russia and China have done for us all lately, it’s been to reduce the United Nations to glaring irrelevance in the Syria conflict."

More like Russia and China have reduced the United States to glaring irrelevance in global conflicts.

When have the two countries ever supported the UN to strike their client states? What did Bush do? He neutralized them to vote present, then launched his operations with NATO allies.

The only person to blame in this debacle is our blustering Dearest Dear Leader who put his big feet in his big mouth and is now flailing more clownishly than the Rodeo Clown.
32 weeks ago
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If you can't rate it, you won't replace it and you will only have a weak incentive to reform it.

We do not have an objective measure to rate the UN. We need one. At the bottom of the scale should be "this is as bad as the League of Nations" and at the top, well, I'm not sure yet what the top would look like. Perhaps it would be "lives up to the sales pitch". It would be an integral part of the still nonexistent machinery to replace the UN with something better.
32 weeks ago
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It should not exist. It is a cancer upon civilized society. An apparatus for those that should not have power to obtain and exercise that which they should not have.
32 weeks ago
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May be we can convince the ACLU to sue them so they remove the biblical quote from Isaiah 2:4 from the front of the building.
32 weeks ago
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UN = A gaggle of mouth-breathing tin-pot dictatorships getting rich off of us and getting their jollies by poking us in the collective eye.

Plow the damn building into the river. We are broke. We don't have the money to pay for more than 1/5 of the UN's operating expenses. And we certainly do NOT have the patience to invite these bastards to our shores to lecture and berate our great country.
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I must remind you that without the UN many, many, hookers will go without.

And that's just the tip of the institution's impact.



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"...Money is spent, statements are issued, diplomatic huddles take place, crash meetings are called..."

You forgot the gourmet dinners and fine wine.
32 weeks ago
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The UN didn't suddenly become useless because the Syrian debacle and the inability to 'do something'. It didn't suddenly become useless because Libya was appointed head of the UN's human rights council. Neither did it become suddenly useless because of the failure to act in Rwanda or from the Oil for Food fraud that made Cofi and his cohorts rich. It is because of all these things - and all of the other things as well - tales that have never made the light of day - all lumped together - that you get the real picture of what is wrong with the UN - why it should be removed from our shores and never allowed to return. One word that perfectly sums up the UN is corruption.

I get the feeling that should China and Russia not have a stage in which to tweak the noses of the American leadership they'd be at each other's throats more often than they are currently. IMO thats a good thing. Jackass countries across the world might follow suit. I say let em fight!
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Would the UN be better in Beijing? I do not think so. The opposite is likely true.
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It matters not where one puts the den of thieves. It matters who pays the bills. And the U.S. pays the bills. I say let them have their club of nattering naybobs of nihilistic visions and let them pay for their insanity. I personally think that the U.N. would fit perfectly Vienna.
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I don't understand the notion that Russia and China could have "reduced the UN to irrelevance in the Syria conflict." The UN either does or does not bestow legitimacy on military interventions and other acts of foreign policy. If it does, then we have no right to intervene in Syria as long as we don't have UN approval -- period. And if it does not, then the UN is, and has been, irrelevant regardless of what Russia and China do. But you can't treat the UN as the arbiter and source of legitimacy just when you like its decisions and otherwise ignore it.
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Perhaps he should go back to voting "Present".
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