OK, can we be honest here?
I read the article at the following link this morning, and the more I thought about it, the more outraged I became at the absurdity of it all.
From the article:
“In a statement released by US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, the US said that the UNHRC had “helped spur action on a series of important human rights situations around the world, in part due to vigorous US engagement.” The statement praised UNHRC action in Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran, North Korea, Burma, Libya and Yemen.”
Is this woman (Nuland) on drugs? What “actions” have been taken by the UNHRC or the UN to alleviate human rights abuses in Syria, Sri Lanka, Iran, North Korea, Burma, Libya and Yemen? Those places are among the worst hellholes on Earth in terms of human rights. Syria is killing its own citizens by the thousands, and the rest are not much better.
“Until today, the council has made 91 decisions, 39 of which dealt with Israel, three with Syria and one with Iran,”. So, 43% of the council’s decisions are directed at Israel, a true democracy. I don’t claim that Israel is perfect, but certainly, 43% of the world’s human rights abuses are not happening in Israel. I’d be shocked if it amounted to as much as 1/4 of 1%, frankly. Yet, this malicious, ridiculous, officially sanctioned UN body continues to be allowed to function, and we pay for it, financially and with the heavy weight of knowing that it is, in all senses of the word, wrong.
What on Earth is the purpose of this organization? How does it forward the cause of human rights? Why on Earth would ANY western country support it in its current configuration.
THREE DECISIONS about Syria???? Seriously? ONE DECISION about Iran?
Give me a break.
Based on their decisions, the UNHRC has concluded that Israel is the world’s biggest abuser of Human Rights, by a mile, and now, while Syria burns, Libya and Egypt are suppressing human rights a mile a minute, Iran is killing and torturing dissidents, Venezuela’s Chavez is systematically destroying the rights of anyone dumb enough to oppose him, the Taliban continues to cut ears and noses off women who dare to go to school, conflicting Muslim sects blow up their opposition on a regular basis, and the list goes on and on and on and on.
I would support, in a heartbeat, the withdrawal of the US from the UNHRC AND cessation of payments of any kind to it. If the abusers of the world want to use it as a forum for legitimization of their clear abuses, we should not be paying for it or providing it with any semblance of legitimacy.
And, based on Nuland’s (the State Dept spokeswoman, remember?) remarks, our State Department has its collective head FIRMLY cranially rectally inverted…..
It’s time to write your congressmen and senators, and demand that we withdraw from this ridiculous caricature of an organization, and that we encourage our allies to do the same.