I have long thought the United States ought to withdraw from the United Nations and cut off all funding, and let the dictators, corruptocrats, kleptocrats, criminals and moral reprobates that infest the building that resembles the box that the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey came in, find some other building, in some other country, in which to condemn liberty in general, and Israel and the United States in particular. It would certainly save the New York City Police Department a great deal of money on maintaining paperwork on uncountable crimes committed by UN bureaucrats, crimes for which they will never pay in convictions or fines. Let them find out what it’s like not to have Americans paying their freight, and not caring what they have to say about that, or pretty much anything else. If we need the cooperation of other nations, that’s why we have ambassadors in all of them, including Cuba, except they’re doing something fishy to injure our diplomats, so maybe not Cuba. Barack Obama will be soooo disappointed in us, as he was for eight years.
Imagine my delight, gentle readers, when Nikki Haley, our UN Ambassador, took a significant step in the right direction. The LA Times reports:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made the announcement [America is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council] at the State Department. It wasn’t immediately clear if U.S. diplomats would stop all cooperation with the council or would continue to observe its sessions or engage in some investigations.
‘We have no doubt there was once a noble vision for this council, [but] today it is a poor defender of human rights,’ Pompeo said, adding that the council ‘shields’ and ‘enables’ some of the world’s most corrupt and abusive countries.
How dare Secretary of State Pompeo speak the truth like that! That’s not diplomatic! Obama Secretary Of State John Kerry would have never done something so radical, so un-cosmopolitan, so un-global!
Haley assailed what she called the council’s ‘disproportionate, politically motivated focus’ on Israel and a membership that includes governments with egregious human rights records, including China and Venezuela.
The U.S. withdrawal deprives the council of a major voice in fighting for human rights and eliminates the strongest defender of Israel on the body. Many human rights advocates agreed the council is badly in need of reform and is biased against Israel, but said quitting won’t fix those problems.
‘By withdrawing from the council, we lose our leverage and allow the council’s bad actors to follow their worst impulses unchecked,’ said Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), ‘including running roughshod over Israel.
More importantly, Halley is depriving the corrupt body of whatever legitimacy America’s membership lent it. While Rep. Engel might be well intentioned, the Council’s “worst impulses” were essentially unchecked while we sat on the Council. It’s rather hard to see a difference.
U.S. diplomats have served as a counterweight in those debates.
From the year the council was formed in 2006 until the United States joined in 2009, half of all country-specific condemnations issued involved Israel. Since then, however, only one-fifth of such rebukes targeted Israel, according to a study by the independent United Nations Foundation.
There were six special sessions dedicated to criticizing Israel between 2006 and 2009, and only one since.
‘American leadership has fundamentally changed the work of the council, and for the better,’ said Peter Yeo, senior vice president of the foundation, which works to support the United Nations and to improve U.S.-U.N. relations.
I see. Much of the Council still hates the Jews, and still supports terrorist pseudo states like Palestine, which teaches its children to hate and murder all Jews, and supports terrorist nations that seek genocide (many of them are terrorist nations that seek genocide), but they haven’t been as loud about it, or mentioned it quite as much lately. Somehow, I don’t see that as a particularly compelling reason to stick around.
Under Trump, the administration has shown favoritism toward Israel and rarely criticizes any of its actions, such as its role in deadly violence in Gaza, that other countries condemn.
That would be “favoritism” toward our ally, the only honestly democratic nation in the Middle East. And that “deadly violence” would be self-defense in response to continual terror attacks on Israeli civilians, including by rockets, missiles and mortars hidden in and fired from UN properties? That deadly violence? Or perhaps the deadly violence used to stop armed Palestinians trying to breach Israel’s border to commit terrorist atrocities, or sending incendiary devices over the border, to destroy crops and homes and injure and kill Israelis? That violence? We should criticize legitimate self-defense? We should praise Palestinians and other Arab nations teaching their children to commit genocide? This is the wonder and glory of the UN and the UN Human Rights Council: the right to murder Jews and obliterate Israel?
The decision came a day after a senior U.N. official sharply criticized the Trump administration for separating several thousand children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Hussein, called the border action ‘unconscionable” and said it amounted to child abuse.
It’s the Israel-hating model. How dare any free nation enforce its legitimately enacted laws? How dare they protect their national sovereignty? How dare they protect the lives of their citizens? No wonder the Council is so angry at America and Israel. A list of current HRC membership is available here. It’s a regular terrorist attack of democracy and human rights.
Haley said Tuesday that the decision to withdraw will be revisited if the council undergoes a transformation — something activists say is even less likely now.
Of course. They hate America and Israel and constantly rail against them. American leaves them to stew in their own bile, and they blame America for leaving them to their own devices, for paving the way to spending 100% of their time attacking Israel and America. Isn’t that what they’ve always wanted, besides America’s money, I mean? If you’re adults, sometimes you have to make up your minds: civilization or barbarity.
Human Rights Watch is also upset. Who and what is Human Rights Watch? Consider this brief excerpt from the invaluable Discover The Networks page:
In May 2009, HRW’s Middle East and North Africa division director Sarah Leah Whitson went to Saudi Arabia to raise funds for the expressly stated purpose of helping HRW counter “pro-Israel pressure groups.”
In September 2010, billionaire philanthropist George Soros — founder of the Open Society Institute — announced that he would give $100 million to HRW. This donation would permit the organization to add 120 new staffers to its existing 300-strong payroll.
In other words, no friend of human rights, Israel, America or liberty, just like the UN Human Rights Council. The good folks at Legal Insurrection report:
The Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) Iain Levine, posted what he called an ‘extraordinary” letter from United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday evening.
The letter placed blame for the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) on 18 NGOs, including HRW, for stymieing U.S.-led efforts to reform the corrupt institution.
What’s clear from the Times article is that Haley charges were accurate. HRW and the other NGOs did oppose the U.S. initiative [to reform the HRC]. I also suspect that it was HRW that released the letter to the news organizations. In other words, if HRW hadn’t protested, we would never have known about the rebuke. But HRW must have understood how damning Haley’s charges were and wanted to get it out (before it leaked) so it could control the spin.
I’m sure progressives and international corruptocrats will appreciate HRW’s gesture very much. But perhaps these people are right. Perhaps Israel is truly evil on a global scale. As Legal Insurrection reports, in recent years, the HRC has criticized Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism only 10 times to Israel’s 70–so I’m sure the HRC agrees with HRW. In fact, Iran is now accusing Israel of almost unimaginably nefarious evil:
Iranian Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali believes Israel and another country are to blame for the country’s lack of rain. ‘Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,’ he said.
The Times of Israel reported:
‘The changing climate in Iran is suspect,’ Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization told a press conference, semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
‘Foreign interference is suspected to have played a role in climate change,’ Jalali was quoted as saying, insisting results from an Iranian scientific study ‘confirm’ the claim.
‘Israel and another country in the region have joint teams which work to ensure clouds entering Iranian skies are unable to release rain,’ he said.
‘On top of that, we are facing the issue of cloud and snow theft,’ Jalali added, citing a survey showing that, above 2,200 meters (7,218 feet), all mountainous areas between Afghanistan and the Mediterranean are covered in snow, except Iran.
Who you gonna believe? Iran’s version of Baghdad Bob, or physics? The article goes on to mention Iranian scientists replied, very, very carefully: “Uh, no…” The scientists couldn’t be reached for comment as they are probably currently being tortured to death in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. That’s how “settled science” is settled in Iran, but that’s certainly not a human rights violation.
And what did the evil Jews say and do in response? Did they secretly steal all of Iran’s toilet paper and underwear too?
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu produced a video explaining Iran is facing a ruinous drought. Millions of Iranians are in danger of death from lack of water while all of Iran’s resources–including the billions given them by Barack Obama in cash in the middle of the night, in the finest drug cartel style–are spent on making nuclear weapons, undermining Israel and supplying terrorists and terrorist regimes around the world with weapons to be used to destroy Israel, but none of that is a human rights violation either, because Jews. Netanyahu praised the Iranian people, and offered Israel’s wastewater recycling technology. This is significant in that 90% of Israel’s wastewater is recycled. He also offered Israeli irrigation technology; Israel has made the desert bloom. To bypass the regime, Israel is posting all of that extraordinarily valuable information for free on a Farsi language website established by Israel for that purpose. Take the link and see the whole video.
Yep. The HRC and its apologists are right and Haley is wrong. Death to Israel, but first, for the good of humanity, death to the UN Human Rights Council.