I Love LA? No, I Love The UN

Posted: August 30, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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love the unThe editors at Bloomberg love the UN so much that they want to fix it (and I thought if you loved something you were to set it free).

The United Nations is essential but deeply flawed. We strongly support the institution, but encourage efforts to make it more effective and efficient.

And where does Bloomberg feel the UN is broken?  As it regards financial responsibility, human rights, and especially its credibility (or lack thereof) regarding one particular individual.

He [Secretary General Ban Ki-moon] should also forcefully address the case of Richard Falk, the [UN Human Rights] Council’s special rapporteur for the Palestinian Territories. Falk has defended Palestinian suicide bombers, compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to Nazi treatment of Jews, claimed that there was an “apparent coverup” by the U.S. government of the Sept. 11 attacks, and published a cartoon on his blog depicting a dog wearing a Jewish skullcap and a “USA” sweater urinating on Lady Justice and chewing on human bones.

Special rapporteur?  I thought that was a typo and was meant to say special racketeer.

A few other items came to mind which were left off the Bloomberg list:

These include the profound ethical failures associated with the U.N.-established Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; the $10 billion Oil-For-Food scandal; and a history of criminal sexual abuse and war refugee exploitation by U.N. peacekeepers and staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo, West Africa, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.  Consider also the moral leadership of having an anti-paragon of human rights, Libya, as a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council. 

I wonder if Bloomberg might instead consider the case for euthanizing the UN?


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