THE UNITED NATIONS – AMERICA’S GREATEST DANGER?

By Garner Ted Armstrong

Today, millions around the world, including the governments of major nations, continually demand that George Bush and the American government obtain permission from the United Nations before waging war against the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein.

Amid a growing clangor of anti-war sentiment, some mindless fools are claiming George Bush is “worse than Hitler,” and charge that he is “killing babies and poisoning the water!”

One would think such fools would be ignored; that the blatant idiocy of their false charges were so obviously outrageous that no one would pay the slightest bit of attention to them.

Not so.

In a commentary recently published by World Net Daily, a strident anti-American, one “Arundhati Roy” who operates a web site called “Znet,” said, “Nobody doubts that Saddam Hussein is a ruthless dictator, a murderer (whose worst excesses were supported by the governments of the United States and Great Britain). There’s no doubt that Iraqis would be better off without him.

But, then, the whole world would be better off without a certain Mr. Bush. In fact, he is far more dangerous than Saddam Hussein.”

This kind of mindless rhetoric is easily ignored by anyone with a grasp of history and geopolitics, but to the man on the street from Sao Paolo Brazil to New Delhi; from Paris to Berlin, and from Cairo to Riyadh, it is believed. It is also believed by a very large number of disunited non-nations’ representatives who sit in a building beside the river in Manhattan and regularly attempt to control the United States.

Millions of our own citizens believe the United States should do nothing without first getting permission from the UN! Even Harry Truman, who knew he had to stop the Communists from taking over the entire Korean peninsula, believed he needed to operate, not as the great power which the United States had become to be as a result of World War II, but only with the blessing of the UN, in a “police action” instead of a declaration of war. One of my own campaign ribbons bestowed upon me as a serviceman in the Navy during the Korean War is a blue and white striped one called the “UN Medal.” I look upon it with a mixture of revulsion and distaste.

The US needs to wake up and realize that a vast majority of the nations represented in the building on the East River in New York seek nothing short of the downfall of the United States; of the subjugation of our own constitution to that of the UN; of the loss of our freedoms, our national will, our military power; the loss of super power status.

Now, as George Bush and Tony Blair of Britain, together with Spain, submit yet another “resolution” for the UN debate (and debate it will), it should become ever more evident that the United Nations is a hollow, spineless, irrelevant body of posturing liberal anti-Americans who believe the very kind of mindless claptrap quoted above. They are determined to bring America and George Bush to heel.

The Preamble of the United Nations says, “WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED:

 >to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

>to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

>to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

>to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

AND FOR THESE ENDS

>to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and

>to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

>to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

>to employ international machinery for the promotion of economic and social advancement of all peoples,

“HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS.

“Accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.”

Since the adoption of its charter in 1946, the UN has utterly failed to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” over sixty times. Dozens of wars have broken out all over the globe which the UN neither prevented nor curtailed. Dozens of nations, all of them member states of the UN, have undergone violent overthrow of government; hideous pogroms have been carried out by machete or machine gun; millions have died; economies have been wrecked; “fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person” have been brutally and savagely violated hundreds of times in virtually every nation on earth.

Yet, representatives from the very countries whose governments have carried out such wholesale slaughter have sat in the General Assembly, wiped their mouths, and pretend they have sinned not.

Dozens of them are from dictatorships; single-party nations; Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Shintoist, Animist or Pagan, their religious, political and sociological backgrounds have little equipped them to stand for a single sentence of their own charter.

The UN is in clear “material breach” of its own foundational documents!

From its beginning, the United Nations has shown that it is a timid paper tiger; an ineffective, farcical body which has neither the will nor the power to implement any of its vaunted goals.

Never could the so-called “United Nations” tolerate, from the immediate aftermath of World War II and the Soviet occupation of Europe, any representative from The United States, Britain, or the Soviet Union to be appointed as its Secretary General. Nor could any individual from one of the “aligned” nations occupy such an office.

Instead, the UN sought to find people from small, powerless, non-aligned nations to become its Secretary General. Norway’s Trygvie Lie occupied the top spot from 1946 until 1952.

During his tenure in office, the British sent tanks to Greece to prevent a Soviet push to the Mediterranean; The Soviets clamped down a blockade on Berlin, resulting in the airlift by US and British airplanes, costing many lives and countless dollars; The Chinese Civil War occurred; the French Indo-China War and the Paraguayan Civil War broke out.

Six Arab armies attacked Israel in 1948, in the Israeli war of independence.

There was a Jamaican Military Coup, a Paraguayan Military Coup, and a mutiny in the Peruvian Navy. A Salvadoran Military Revolt broke out, and then came the Sino-Taiwanese War. The Congo War broke out, lasting from 1949 until 1967. The Libyan Revolt occurred from 1949 until 1951.

An attack against Blair House in Washington occurred in 1950, as the Chinese Communist “Terror” began, which lasted from 1950 until 1958. The Chinese occupied Tibet, and the Indochina War began in 1950, lasting until 1954. The Indonesian Civil War started that same year, lasting for eleven years, until 1961. The Korean War broke out, and dragged on until 1953.

 The Tunisian War of Independence came in 1952, followed by the Maronite Coup in Lebanon. The Mau Mau terrorist killings began in Kenya, and the Mau Mau war lasted from 1952 until 1956.

So much for the term in office of Mr. Trygve Lie the UN’s first Secretary General.

It should have become clear to the world by 1953 that the United Nations was utterly ineffective.

The UN then turned to neutral Sweden, electing Dag Hammarskjold as Secretary General. Hammarskjold occupied the office from 1953 to 1961. The British intervened in Guyana in 1953, as a Columbian Military Coup occurred.

The Algerian War of Independence took place, lasting from 1954 until 1962. The Batdambang Massacre happened, along with the Guatemalan Revolution. There was a Paraguayan Coup in 1954, and the Pathet Lao Insurgency began, lasting until 1959. The Tibetan Uprising came in 1954, along with the Viet Minh Incursion in Cambodia.

The Sudanese Civil War broke out, and continued into the mid 1990's.

The Suez Canal was nationalized by Egypt, and the Sinai War broke out in 1956, when the Arabs again attacked Israel, Egypt blocked the Canal, and the British intervened. Castro overthrew the government in Cuba; the Cuban Revolution lasting from 1956 to 1959. There was a Honduran Military Coup, and then the Hungarian Revolt in 1956, crushed by Soviet troops and Tanks. Then came the Viet Cong Insurgency, which would finally result in dragging the US into the Vietnam War.

Iraq threatened to annex Kuwait in 1960, and the Guatemalan Army revolted. Israelis captured Adolf Eichmann in Argentina, and the Laotian Civil War broke out.

All of these events, and many other coups, revolts and smaller regional wars took place during the tenure of Mr. Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden.

Then, the UN found yet another obscure person from a third world country, Mr. U Thant of Myanmar. He held office from 1961 to 1971. During his term of office, The Nigerian Civil War occurred, and the Sandinista Insurgency erupted in 1961, lasting until 1978. Then came the ill-fated “Bay of Pigs” invasion. The Berlin Wall Crisis occurred. An Ecuadoran Coup took place, and the Guatemalan Civil War broke out. So did the Laotian Civil War, the Nigerian Civil War, and a South Korean Military Coup. Then came the Yemen War, and the Iraqi Kurdish Revolt, brutally crushed by the Iraqi Army. A Burmese Military Coup took place in U Thant’s home country, and the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the very precipice of nuclear bomb World War III.

The so-called “Chinese Cultural Revolution”, in which uncounted millions were murdered, took place from 1966 until 1969. The Cypriot crisis between Greece and Turkey, both members of the UN and NATO, occurred in 1967.

The six-day War between Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt occurred in 1967, setting the stage for interminable demands by the Arabs for the return of captured territories.

The Basque Separatist Terrorism struck Span in 1968, and terrorist bombings and attacks took place in Northern Ireland. There was a Panamanian Military Coup, another Iraqi Kurd uprising, and North Korea captured the USS Pueblo. The Israelis raided Beirut in 1968, and a Mali Military Coup occurred. Then came the Yemeni Civil War, and the Baath Party Coup in Iraq.

“Christian” and Shia violence caused much loss of life in Lebanon; the Bangladesh War of Independence occurred in 1971, and more Lebanese-Palestinian violence took place.

The Rhodesian Civil War broke out, and Idi Amin staged a successful coup in Uganda. All this took place while U Thant of Myanmar sat in his office at the UN, that organization which allegedly represents “the world’s last chance for peace.”

Then, the UN elected Kurt Waldheim of Austria, not knowing of his Nazi past, or, if they did know of it, choosing to ignore it. During Waldheim’s tenure in office, there was a huge genocidal massacre in Burundi; the Ecuadoran Military coup occurred; the North-South Yemen War; the Afghan Military coup; the Chilean coup; the Greek Military coup, and the Israeli Raid on Beirut in 1973 took place. The Yom Kippur war came that same year, followed by the Arab Oil Embargo. Once again, the Kurds rose up in Iraq, and Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons, killing thousands of men, women and children, while his representative sat in coat and tie in the UN. The Turks invaded Cyprus in 1974, and the Ethiopian Civil War broke out. So did war between Mali and Upper Volta.

The Soviets invaded Afghanistan, and US sanctions were imposed against the Soviet Union, while the US boycotted the Moscow summer Olympics.

Disputes over the Shatt al-Arab eventually resulted in war between Iraq and Iran, leaving more than a million dead, and chemical weapons were used by Saddam Hussein against Iran.

The revolution in Iran occurred commencing in 1979, and a Marxist coup took place in Afghanistan. The Columbian “drug wars” began.

The Soviets occupied Afghanistan in 1979, withdrew in 1988. The Iranian hostage crisis occurred from 1979 until 1981. Libya invaded Chad. There was a military coup in Ghana, and the Sino-Vietnamese war broke out. A coup was staged in Liberia; the Libyan Army revolted; the Salvadoran Civil War broke out, as the Iran-Iraq War raged on.

Sadat of Egypt was assassinated, and the Israelis attacked and destroyed Saddam Hussein‘s nuclear reactor at Osirak, near Baghdad, (without asking Kurt Waldheim’s permission, or attempting to form any “coalition”). The Libyans invaded Chad; marshal law was imposed in Poland; there were military coups in Bangladesh, Ghana and Spain, and a bush war raged in Uganda.

All these events, and many more not covered here took place during Kurt Waldheim’s tenure of office.

Next, the UN decided to elect an obscure diplomat from Peru, Javier Perez de Cuellar, as Secretary General. During de Cuellar’s term in office, from 1982 until 1991, the Falkland Islands War between Argentina and Britain occurred; there were military coups in Guatemala, Bangladesh, and the Central African Republic. There were overthrows of government in Guatemala (again), Upper Volta and Nigeria, and PLO terrorists bombed and murdered helpless civilians in Israel from 1983 up to the present.

The Tamil insurgency began. There was a revolt in the Sudan, in Cameroon, and Indira Gandhi was assassinated in 1984. 1986 saw the beginning of the Ugandan Civil War, and the US raid on Libya over Kadafi’s self-proclaimed “line of death” in the Gulf of Sidra. The Philippine Revolution occurred, as did the South Yemeni Civil War.

During de Cuellar’s term, the Soviets shot down an unarmed South Korean 747 off Kamchatka, killing all 269 people on board; 241 US marines and naval personnel were killed in Lebanon as terrorists blew up their barracks at Beirut’s airport; the US invaded Grenada; a TWA jet was seized by terrorists after taking off from Athens; 153 passengers held hostage, and 1 US serviceman was killed; Palestinian terrorists seized the Italian liner Achille Lauro, killing a helpless American Jewish cripple; space shuttle Challenger exploded; the US imposed sanctions on South Africa; Iraq fired a missile at the USS Stark, killing 37 sailors; a missile from the USS Vincennes shot down an Iraqi jetliner, killing all 290 aboard; terrorists bombed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 259 aboard and 11 on the ground; the Iran-Contra “scandal” broke, threatening the Reagan presidency.

The Palestinian “Intifada” or uprising (along with boycotting of Israel) began in 1988. There was another military coup in Panama, and the Armenian-Azerbaijani War broke out. Revolution occurred in Romania in 1989. The Liberian Civil War broke out, and yet another Panamanian military coup occurred.

There was a Philippine Military Revolt, and the Tiananmen Square massacre took place in Beijing. The US invaded Panama, capturing General Noriega. The Berlin Wall came down, the Soviet Union imploded, and in quick succession the nations of Eastern Europe emerged from behind the iron curtain, and began democratic and free market reforms. None of this was the result of UN efforts, however. The much-heralded “end of the cold war” was primarily a struggle between the vibrant American economy and the failure of Communism.

By 1990, the Persian Gulf War broke out, along with rebellions and uprisings in Nepal, Albania, Nigeria, Romania, Niger, Somalia, Surinam and Trinidad. The Tutsi insurgency in Rwanda saw the brutal massacre of uncounted tens of thousands who were hacked to death by machetes.

The “August Coup” took place in 1991 in the Soviet Union, quickly followed by the Croatian secession. The Kurds again revolted in Iraq and Turkey in 1991, and the “no-fly zones were established to prevent Saddam Hussein from massacring Kurds in the north and Shia Muslims in the South. The Somali Civil War broke out from 1991 to 1993, and the Soviets intervened in Latvia in 1991. There was a Thai military coup in 1991, and the Moldavian Civil War broke out.

All these events took place during the tenure of Javier Perez de Cuellar, of Peru.

Next, the UN sought to find yet another obscure diplomat from a third world country as Secretary General. They found Boutros Boutros-Ghali, whom I had come to know in the early 1970's, when he was the Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia. I enjoyed dinner with Mr. Boutros-Ghali in his home in Cairo while he held this post.

During Mr. Boutros-Ghali’s tenure in office, from 1992 until 1996, the Algerian Civil War broke out, as did civil wars in Angola and Bosnia.

The bloody Burundian Civil War began in 1993, as did the Civil War in Georgia. Somali Clan Warfare began in 1993 and continues to the present. A revolt began in Chechnya; and massive genocidal killings began in Rwanda by 1994.

1995 saw the Ecuadorian-Peruvian border war; tribal violence in Ghana, and the Hutu infiltration of Burundi. The Albanian Rebellion commenced in 1997, resulting in the Kosovo crisis, and NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. Civil War broke out in Cambodia, and the military revolted in Sierra Leone.

A bloody Ethiopian-Eritrean Border War occurred in 1998, along with more violence in Northern Ireland. The Tutsi Rebellion occurred in the Congo.

From that time to this, there have been many additional incidents of violence all over the world. Hideous terrorist bombings in Israel continue to result in Israeli retaliations; the Mideast seethes with ancient hatreds and strife, and peace in the Mideast seems more elusive than ever.

By 2001, the United States experienced the most devastating attack on its own shores in history, as the September 11th terrorists hijacked four aircraft, turning them into flying missiles, smashing them into the two most imposing buildings in New York, the Twin World Trade Towers. Another passenger jet slammed into the Pentagon. Still another, probably headed for either the White House or the nation’s capitol building, thanks to heroic efforts of doomed passengers, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

The “War on Terror” had begun.

Knowing the Saudi exile, Osama bin Laden was the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks, the United States invaded Afghanistan, known to be bin Laden’s warren, where he was supported by the brutal Taliban regime. The United States did so without going hat in hand to the current Secretary General, Kofi Anan.

Kofi Anan was born in Ghana, another third world nation. Again, the UN had demonstrated its unwillingness, or inability to elect to its top post any seasoned diplomat from a major industrial state.

With a second war against Iraq in the immediate offing, Kofi Anan and the UN have once again demonstrated to the world their absolute inability to wield real power in enforcing UN resolutions. Like an ineffective, frustrated, parent who knows nothing about real discipline or correction, and who says “Now Johnnie, you stop that!” over and over again, with no punishment to follow when little Johnnie keeps right on doing what he is told to stop, the UN says “Now Saddam, you disarm” again and again, proving their words mean absolutely nothing; proving their words will not be followed by force. Just what, one may ask, were the “serious consequences” implied in Resolution 1441?

The resolution says in paragraphs 3 and 4 that the UN “...Decides that, in order to begin to comply with its disarmament obligations, in addition to submitting the required biannual declarations, the Government of Iraq shall provide to UNMOVIC, the IAEA, and the Council, not later than 30 days from the date of this resolution, a currently accurate, full, and complete declaration of all aspects of its programmes to develop chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and other delivery systems such as unmanned aerial vehicles and dispersal systems designed for use on aircraft, including any holdings and precise locations of such weapons, components, sub-components, stocks of agents, and related material and equipment, the locations and work of its research, development and production facilities, as well as all other chemical, biological, and nuclear programmes, including any which it claims are for purposes not related to weapon production or material;

“4. Decides that false statements or omissions in the declarations submitted by Iraq pursuant to this resolution and failure by Iraq at any time to comply with, and cooperate fully in the implementation of, this resolution shall constitute a further material breach of Iraq's obligations and will be reported to the Council for assessment in accordance with paragraphs 11 and or 12 below.”

Paragraphs 11 and 12 read: “Directs the Executive Chairman of UNMOVIC and the Director General of the IAEA to report immediately to the Council any interference by Iraq with inspection activities, as well as any failure by Iraq to comply with its disarmament obligations, including its obligations regarding inspections under this resolution;

“12. Decides to convene immediately upon receipt of a report in accordance with paragraphs 4 or 11 above, in order to consider the situation and the need for full compliance with all of the relevant Council resolutions in order to secure international peace and security.”

Time and time again, the media has reported that Iraq is already in “material breach” of resolution 1441. Yet, the UN has taken no action. Preferring to pretend the documents submitted by Iraq (which are admittedly a “rehash” of those submitted eleven years ago) are to be taken seriously, the UN has allowed itself to assume the posture once again of a paper tiger, sending out empty threats, but failing to act when those threats are ignored.

The opening words of Resolution 1441 are virtually embarrassing, for they document the utter failure of the UN to force Iraq into complying with a plethora of useless resolutions: “The Security Council, Recalling all its previous relevant resolutions, in particular its resolutions 661 (1990) of 6 August 1990, 678 (1990) of 29 November 1990, 686 (1991) of 2 March 1991, 687 (1991) of 3 April 1991, 688 (1991) of 5 April 1991, 707 (1991) of 15 August 1991, 715 (1991) of 11 October 1991, 986 (1995) of 14 April 1995, and 1284 (1999) of 17 December 1999, and all the relevant statements of its President,

“Recalling also its resolution 1382 (2001) of 29 November 2001 and its intention to implement it fully,

“Recognizing the threat Iraq's noncompliance with Council resolutions and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and long-range missiles poses to international peace and security,

“Recalling that its resolution 678 (1990) authorized Member States to use all necessary means to uphold and implement its resolution 660 (1990) of 2 August 1990 and all relevant resolutions subsequent to Resolution 660 (1990) and to restore international peace and security in the area,

“Further recalling that its resolution 687 (1991) imposed obligations on Iraq as a necessary step for achievement of its stated objective of restoring international peace and security in the area,

“Deploring the fact that Iraq has not provided an accurate, full, final, and complete disclosure, as required by resolution 687 (1991), of all aspects of its programmes to develop weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles with a range greater than one hundred and fifty kilometres, and of all holdings of such weapons, their components and production facilities and locations, as well as all other nuclear programmes, including any which it claims are for purposes not related to nuclear-weapons-usable material,

“Deploring further that Iraq repeatedly obstructed immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access to sites designated by the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), failed to cooperate fully and unconditionally with UNSCOM and IAEA weapons inspectors, as required by resolution 687 (1991), and ultimately ceased all cooperation with UNSCOM and the IAEA in 1998,

“Deploring the absence, since December 1998, in Iraq of international monitoring, inspection, and verification, as required by relevant resolutions, of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, in spite of the Council's repeated demands that Iraq provide immediate, unconditional, and unrestricted access to the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), established in resolution 1284 (1999) as the successor organization to UNSCOM, and the IAEA, and regretting the consequent prolonging of the crisis in the region and the suffering of the Iraqi people...”

Iraq has not complied with this resolution, any more than it did the previous ones.

It should have long ago become painfully obvious that the United Nations is irrelevant, and, like the League of Nations, it should be relegated to the “dust bin of History.” Its representatives should be given 24 hours to pack up and get out of the United States. Perhaps the building could be turned into a children’s hospital, or something similarly useful.

The United Nations is bent upon taking away America’s very sovereignty! The UN insists that the US may not use its military against mad dictators or terrorist nations without first obtaining “permission” from this monumentally farcical, disunited group of non-nations! How utterly ridiculous that tiny little “nations,” such as Maldives, Seychelles or Nauru, whose GNP is less than that of Springfield, Missouri, should have an equal vote with the US in the General Assembly!       

A Mr. Vox Day, writing for “World Net Daily” opined on Tuesday, February 25th, “As America's pilots prepare to launch their smart missiles at targets in Iraq, here's hoping they'll save a few for One United Nations Plaza and excise the globalist cancer that threatens to one day kill the United States of America.” Vox Day is a novelist and “Christian Libertarian,” and a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.

NOTE: "Major portions of the history of the UN presented in the body of this article were included in an earlier commentary. They are all the more poignant and important today, as the UN debates yet another resolution about Iraq." – Garner Ted Armstrong

 

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