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Who Should Replace the Saudis at the UN Security Council?

October 18th, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Having won a seat for the first time on the United Nations Security Council, Saudi Arabia turned around a day later and rejected it, citing the Council’s double standards and failure to uphold international peace, justice and security.

As UN moments go, this is a classic — if only for its sheer absurdity. It is precisely because of the UN’s double standards that a country such as Saudi Arabia can win a seat on the Security Council in the first place — with 176 of the 193 members of the UN General Assembly voting yes. As as friend of mine puts it, the Saudi move smacks of Groucho Marx’s joke that he would never join any club that would accept him as a member.

Obviously, the real problem is not a sudden Saudi aversion to UN double standards per se. If it were, Saudi Arabia would not still be running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, in General Assembly elections to be held Nov. 12. As far as I’m aware, the Saudis — who with no evident concern about hypocrisy have served previously on the Human Rights Council  – have not dropped their bid to reclaim a seat.

There’s a lot of speculation right now on why the Saudis did their about face on a Security Council seat, especially after their ambassador to the UN in New York, Abdallah  Al-Mouallimi, initially told the press that “our election is much to rejoice over.” In a statement released Friday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry cited a hodge-podge of reasons for the boycott, ranging from the failure to apply “deterrent sanctions” to the Syrian regime, to such stock stuff as the failure to “make the Middle East a free zone of all weapons of mass destruction,” and the continuing failure to resolve “the Palestinian cause” to Saudi Arabia’s liking.” What makes the most sense to me — though it’s just a guess — is that the Saudis suddenly realized that in dealing with hot issues such as Syria and Iran, they might be better off dealing in the backrooms, rather than having to put their diplomatic cards on the table in Security Council votes.

But whatever the reasons, if the Saudis want to denounce double standards and demand better behavior from the UN Security Council, why not hold them to it?

Right now it’s unclear how the UN might fill that suddenly vacant two-year nonpermanent seat, for 2014-2015. Candidates for the Council’s 10 rotating seats are usually nominated by regional blocs in the General Assembly. From these slates, the GA then elects the winners, with a required minimum of two-thirds of the GA’s 193 votes. But what Saudi Arabia has just done, in walking away from a win, is highly unusual.

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"Who Should Replace the Saudis at the UN Security Council?"

I don't care
1 year ago
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As I recall, when the "US, Europe, and Others" block finally agreed to accept Israel, it was with the stipulation that they could not sit on the security council, to my knowledge the only country denied that privilege.

Why don't we kick the UN out of the US? The only reason for the UN is to give cushy jobs in NYC to well-connected people from backward countries. Let's see how they like living in Geneva.
1 year ago
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When you have the POWER.....who cares???
1 year ago
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Move the UN to Saudi Arabia, fill it up with sharia nonsense.
1 year ago
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Take the hint. And defund the UN. Or better yet Repeal it as an idea that was unworkable with the varieties of cultural positionings in the world. Yes all people are alike and desire the same things, don't they. And the people in the UN and agencies like them know exactly how to get these same things.

With other people's money and immunity fromj other peoples' laws/ rules of spcial restraints. They call it "diplomatic iimmunity".
1 year ago
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While I agree with Ms Rossett that the UN is a failed organization full of hatred and double standards, I am opposed to Israel taking a greater role in the UN. I have wondered if Israel renounced membership in the UN, perhaps it would start a chain reaction in which other countries, including the US, left the UN
1 year ago
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"Behold a people that dwells alone, and among the peoples it is not considered" (uvagoyim lo yitchashav). So said (unwilliningly) the Gentile prophet Bil'iam, out to curse the Jews and forced by God to bless them.

I've often wondered what our flag is doing up there.
1 year ago
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"surely the obvious candidate to fill that empty seat is Israel. "

Suggesting to the U.N. that Israel should have a seat on the Security Council would be rather like yodeling Indian Love Call to a Martian.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSbigjiKLoU


Not a bad idea, really. The mess would be pretty bad, but I think it would be worth it.


Maybe New York could recruit all those corner windshield washers to do the job.
1 year ago
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We could replace it with the Saiyans. And before anyone states they are fictional, I know, that's the point. I'm trying to imply that we should remove the UN from reality, in other words shut it down.
1 year ago
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The UN is removed from reality.
1 year ago
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#@


Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri and Obama are on the same page and nobody cares?? So What!
1 year ago
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How about letting Al-Qaeda, take over the entire UN and move it to Pakistan
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