Thursday, December 09, 2004

Why U.N. Stays Mired in Its Defects And this is the organization we're supposed to surrender our sovereignty to? Without these guys, nothing we do it is legitimate? It would be funny if it wasn't so infuriating.

Imagine if U.S. troops were accused of sexually exploiting children in impoverished nations. Imagine if a U.S. Cabinet secretary were accused of groping a female subordinate, whose complaint was then swatted aside by the president. Imagine if the head of a U.S. government agency and the president's own offspring stood accused of complicity in the biggest embezzlement racket in history.

Those would be pretty big stories, no? Above-the-fold, top-of-the-newscast stories. Yet the United Nations has been mired in all these scandals and until just recently hardly anybody outside the right-wing blogosphere has noticed.

It goes on to quote from a recently released UN report:

Last week came the umpteenth report on reform, this one from the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. Its criticisms are as scathing as anything written by the Heritage Foundation. The report noted that the General Assembly "often fails to focus effectively on the most compelling issues of the day," that the Commission on Human Rights (which includes among its members gross human-rights violators) suffers from a "legitimacy deficit," that the Security Council has responded with "glacial speed" to "massive human rights violations in Darfur" and elsewhere, and that the U.N. Secretariat is filled with bureaucrats who have "little or no expertise for tackling many of the new or emerging threats" that confront the world.

I love the term "legitimacy deficit." I guess that is diplospeak for "A fucking joke."


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