Carol Platt Liebau: The UN: Life in a Glass House

Monday, July 17, 2006

The UN: Life in a Glass House

If anyone ever wondered why many Americans have such disdain for the UN, it need only look at stories like this one -- "UN Human Rights Experts Chastise U.S."

Ready for the first one?

Member Hipolito Solari Yrigoyen, an Argentine lawyer and human rights activist, said he worried about U.S. efforts to deal with illegal migrants from Mexico.

Hundreds of National Guard troops have been deployed along the border in an effort to stop illegal immigration.

"My major concern ... is the level of militarization on the border with Mexico," he said. "Militarization of the border creates a conflict zone."

So the problem is that the US is trying to control its borders -- a key indicia of sovereignty. Doing so with force (on the US' part) is verboten, even though this story from last Thursday concerns Mexicans firing on the US, not the other way around (and it's hardly the first time). The critical Argentine lawyer might be better advised to worry about the plight of illegals in Argentina -- a much uglier proposition than illegals face here -- or, perhaps, Mexico's treatment of illegals. Suffice it to say there's no free emergency room health care or education there.

Here's more of the same:

Panel member Sir Nigel Rodley, a British law professor, criticized the alleged U.S. practice of holding detainees in the war on terror incommunicado for long periods.

Abdelfattah Amor, a senior Tunisian law professor, noted allegations of prisoner abuse in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and the U.S. detention center for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

A British law professor doesn't approve of the way America is treating enemy combatants? No doubt a lot of the people whom he believes shouldn't be incommunicado would love to plan another 7/7. But it's always easier to toss brickbats at the U.S. than to take a tough line with the people who want to kill you . . .

As for the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, when anyone in the US military is convicted of wrongdoing, they're punished -- as were the soldiers charged with wrongful conduct at Abu Ghraib. It's a habit that the UN should learn to emulate. And perhaps the Tunisian lawyer should find a worthier subject for his concern, because Guantanamo has been found to have better accommodations than Belgian prisons, which may explain the Guantanamo 13. By the way, as the Tunisian law professor should be aware, the U.S. government only locks up suspected killers, not people who simply exercise free speech rights (luckily for him, not so lucky for one of his fellow countrymen).

Finally, there's this gem:

Other questions from the panel concerned racial discrimination, the rights of native Americans and the treatment of African-Americans in the Gulf Coast area before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Name me another country that has spent as much time and money to try to rectify racial injustices, whether through affirmative action or a host of other measures. Name me another country with as much color-blind opportunity as the United States.

This kind of busy-body moral obtuseness is the reason that no one takes the United Nations seriously when it talks about "human rights." It's worried about enemy combatants at Guantanamo and the victims of Katrina (who are receving $10 billion in direct government aid) when women in China are being forced to have abortions (and those who expose the violent, ugly system are dragged into court) -- and oh, yes, while there are credible charges outstanding that the UN's own "peacekeepers" have sexually exploited of women and girls in Liberia, the Congo, Kosovo and Bosnia.

How typical.


Blogger Cliff said...

My prayer is for the downfall, bankruptsy and total collapse of the UN!

6:59 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Actually it seems that they did a good job. Americans and Congress have concerns on these same issues.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Waa, waa, waa. Crying about all the slights while ignoring the larger issue of how we deign to lecture other nations on their civil rights, and the state of their democracies, at the same time we're regressing.

Get real. Your audience is smarter than that. Why do you keep losing sight of this fact?

9:59 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Reality check!

The USofA is more open and generous, and does more for minorities, victims of disaster, etc, etc, etc, than all the other nations in the world combined. When will the left get sight of THAT?

We have flaws, no doubt! No conservative denies that either. We're human, duke - shoot us! We're not perfect, but it would be nice if the world, who greedily takes our money, would support our initiatives once in awhile. Notice the voting records of those countries in the middle east (like Muslems) who take billions from us - between 76% and 97% against us.

FACT: The UN and most member countries drain more of our money for lining their own pockets and keeping the citizens poor than any other boondoggle in history. We need to get out of the UN and stop at least 75% of our foreign aid. It does NOTHING to alleviate the world's poor, needy, or sick.

7:00 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Crying about all the slights while ignoring the larger issue of how we deign to lecture other nations on their civil rights

I think we've heard a fair number of finger-wagging lectures from the Europeans.

7:41 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Great Reply PETE!

dhead,dstir, can you name 1 (ONE, UNO, EINS?) UN resolution that ever mattered diddly squat?!

They make a resolution. The resolution is ignored. Nothing happens. They kill trees to print this tripe. Stop the UN from destroying the ENVIRONMENT!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Greg said...


Carol gives the U.N. a much needed smack down!

The idea of the U.N. is admirable. The reality of the U.N. is dispicable.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Well said Greg. The idea and the reality line says it all about the UN. And Carol, great post.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

All you righties better email Bush because he is looking to the UN to stop the fighting.

9:21 PM  

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