THE UNITED NATIONS,
By Garner Ted Armstrong
My father, Herbert W. Armstrong, was an accredited press correspondent in San Francisco when the United Nations was officially formed. For the rest of his life, he remained skeptical toward this body — doubtful that it could achieve its lofty goals.
Were he alive today, he would be even more skeptical than he was when he heard world leaders adopt the UN charter back in 1946.
The United Nations is the second attempt by mankind to create a WORLD GOVERNMENT. Like the defunct League of Nations following World War I, the UN has been proving its utter irrelevancy ever since its inception!
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 failed to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” over sixty times. Wars have been fought all over the globe, with at least one, and usually both, of the participants members of the UN. Those wars were neither prevented nor curtailed short of the combatants’ desires to do so. Dozens of nations 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.
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” (which should have been dubbed “The Disunited 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 Bolivian Popular Revolt broke out in 1946, as did the Chinese Civil War. A Haitian military coup occurred that same year. Then came the Huk Rebellion in the Philippines, the French Indo-China War, the Korean Occupation Rebellion, the Paraguayan Coup, the partitioning of India, and the Portuguese Military Coup. Pakistan annexed Kalat, while India annexed Junagadh. Then came the Ecuadorian Military Coup, and the Kashmiri War. A revolt occurred in Madagascar, and the Paraguayan Civil War broke out.
Sino-Mongolian border clashes ensued, and a Coup d’etat occurred in Thailand. There was a Communist “purge” in Albania, and the Dier Yasin Massacre in Palestine. Six Arab armies attacked Israel in 1948, in the Israeli war of independence. Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, and Hyderabad was annexed. The Karen Revolt took place in Burma in 1948. The Costa Rican Civil war broke out that same year. The Calderonista Invasion of Costa Rica occurred.
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 Argentine Revolt occurred in 1951, along with a Bolivian Military Coup. A Thai government coup came in 1951, and the “Enosis” Campaign began in Cyprus the following year. 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.
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 East German Uprising took place that same year. Then came the Laotian Rebellion and the Moroccan Rebellion. The Druse revolted in Syria, and an Iranian 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.
Military revolts broke out in Buenos Aires, spreading to the entire country in 1955. There was a Buddhist Rebellion in South Vietnam in 1956, and a Calderonista invasion of Costa Rica in 1955. The Israelis raided Gaza that same year, while “Black Thursday” occurred in Singapore. 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. The Cameroon Rebellion came in 1956 until 1959. 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. Rioting took place in Poznan in Poland, and the Sino-Burmese War began. The Tibetan War broke out in 1956, lasting for three years. Then came the Viet Cong Insurgency, which would finally result in dragging the US into the Vietnam War.
There were Franco-Tunisian border clashes, the Invasion of Ifni by Moroccan militia; the Imam’s Revolt in Oman, and the Syrian War. Then came the Tunisian Revolt, and Turko-Syrian border incidents. An army coup took place in Burma, as the Columbian Civil War broke out. There was a French officer’s revolt, the Guatemalan Rebellion, the Iraqi Pan-Arab Revolt, and the Iraqi Anti-Government Rebellion. Paraguay’s “State of Siege” occurred, along with the Tibetan Uprising of 1959. 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, violent occurrences and 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. There were Indo-Chinese skirmishes in 1960, and the Katangan Secession in the Congo from 1960 until 1964.
A Laotian military coup took place, and a French army revolt broke out in Algeria. The Gary Powers U-2 Incident occurred, as the Angolan War of Independence broke out. 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 Guatemalan Student Riots occurred, along with insurrection in Brunei, the Pathet Lao Insurgency, and the Mozambique War of Independence. Then came the bloody Rwandan Civil War, the Sino-Indian War, the North Yemeni Civil War, and the dissolution of the United Arab Republic.
By 1963 the Algerian-Moroccan War broke out, the Cypriot Civil War began, a Congolese military coup occurred, as did similar coups in Congo and Ecuador. There was another Guatemalan military coup, the Haitian Rebel Invasion, a Honduran military coup, and a South Vietnamese military coup. The Tupamaros Terrorism began, and the hideous Tutsi Massacre in Rwanda commenced in 1963.
Then, in 1964 came the Brazilian Military Revolt, the Dhofar Rebellion in Oman, anti-American rioting in Panama, the Thailand War, and the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. Meanwhile, the PRP Rebels were murdering thousands in Zaire, and the Tanganyikan Army mutinied. Zanzibar underwent a revolution, and a Civil War broke out in Chad. The Thai Rebellion occurred, and the Vietnam War began by 1965. The Second Kashmiri War took place that same year. The Black Panther rebellion in the United States began in 1966, and lasted until 1973.
The so-called “Chinese Cultural Revolution”, in which uncounted millions were murdered, took place from 1966 until 1969. A Central African Republic coup occurred, and a military coup in Ghana. The Nigerian Coup took place in 1966, and the Algerian-Moroccan border clashes happened the next year. Biafra seceded in 1967, and the violence continued for 3 years. The Cypriot crisis between Greece and Turkey, both members of the UN and NATO, occurred in 1967. The Katanga Revolt broke out in the Congo, and the “Colonel’s Coup” took place in Greece. 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 Spain 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.
Two coups occurred in Panama in 1969; one in January, the other in December. A Sino-Soviet border clash occurred, and military coups took place in the Sudan and in Libya. The dispute over the Shatt al Arab began between Iraq and Iran, which would lead to a 10-year war. “Christian” and Shia violence caused much loss of life in Lebanon; the Guyanan Rebellion broke out, and the infamous “Soccer War” occurred. The Baader-Meinhof gang gained global notoriety through terrorist attacks and kidnapings; the Cambodian Civil War broke out, the Polish Revolt occurred, and many acts of Syrian-sponsored terrorism occurred from 1970 to 1986. There was a rebellion in Trinidad. 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 Ecuadorian 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. The Turks invaded Cyprus in 1974, and the Ethiopian Civil War broke out. So did war between Mali and Upper Volta.
During Waldheim’s term in office, Watergate occurred, leading to President Nixon’s resignation; the Mayaguez was seized off the coast of Cambodia, resulting in Marines assaulting Tang Island in the gulf of Siam, the bombing of a Cambodian air base, and the release of the ship and crew. President Carter pardoned Vietnam War deserters; the Senate voted to turn over the Panama Canal; 63 Americans were taken hostage in Tehran as the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah of Iran; 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 the use of chemical weapons. The Khmer Rouge raids in Cambodia began, in which an alleged million eventually died. The Lebanese Civil War broke out, and first a rightist, and then a leftist coup took place in Portugal. So did a coup in Nigeria. The Pathet Lao occupation of Laos began. The Renamo Insurgency took place in Mozambique, and the South African Rebellion occurred.
Argentina fought its dirty war from 1976 until 1983, and the Israeli raid on Entebbe to rescue Jewish hostages took place in 1976. The Thammasat Massacre occurred in Thailand in 1976, as did the Thai Naval Coup. The Hmong Guerilla War struck Laos in 1977, as the Libyan-Egyptian war broke out. The revolution in Iran occurred commencing in 1979, and a Marxist coup took place in Afghanistan. The Columbian “drug wars” began.
Israel invaded Lebanon 1978, and Jim Jones led his duped believers to their deaths in Guyana. The Sandinista Revolution began in Nicaragua, and there was war between Uganda and Tanzania. The Zaire Rebellion came along in 1978, lasting for nine years. 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. The Solidarity Movement began in Poland. The West Nile Terror took place from 1980 until 1985 in Uganda.
A border war broke out between Ecuador and Peru; 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 an Arab coalition. The Libyans invaded Chad; martial 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. Hindu-Muslim violence occurred in India, and many were killed as the Sikh Separatists fought for independence. The Thai drug war broke out, and President Aquino of the Philippines was assassinated. 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. The Thai-Laotian border clash occurred in 1984. Then came the Haitian Revolution, the Israeli raid on PLO headquarters in Lebanon, and the Nigerian Coup.
Military coups also occurred in 1985 in Sudan, Thailand, and Uganda. 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.
Two coups took place in Haiti in 1988; one in June, the other in September. 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 Somalian 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 Bangkok Massacre occurred in Thailand in 1992. There were coups in Chad in February and May. The Tajikistan Civil War broke out, and there were two coups in Venezuela, in February and November of 1992.
The bloody Burundian Civil War began in 1993, as did the Civil War in Georgia. Somalian 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 Ecuadoran-Peruvian border war; tribal violence in Ghana, and the Hutu infiltration of Burundi. There was a Burundian Military Coup in 1996, the Liberian Civil War in that same year, and a Columbian peasant uprising. 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 uilding, 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.
The UN resolution on Iraq 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, and failing to act when those threats are ignored.
The opening words of Resolution 1441 are virtually embarrassing, for they document the 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...”
Ongoing events have proved that Iraq has not complied with this resolution, any more than it did the previous ones.
The next few weeks will determine once and for all if the United Nations is truly relevant, or, like the League of Nations, should be relegated to the “dustbin of history.”
In the 1930's, Adolf Hitler brazenly defied the allied powers and the League of Nations by sending troops into the demilitarized Rhineland, the “DMZ” of its day. His bold gambles paid off again and again as weak, indecisive nations failed to stand up to him. At the time Hitler attacked France, the French Army was several times larger than the Wehrmacht. Yet, Hitler prevailed.
Today, Saddam Hussein seems bent on proving that the United Nations, just like the League of Nations, is superfluous and irrelevant; that it may belong to the dustbin of history.
When one reviews its charter; its avowed intention to prevent wars, and usher in an era of world peace in the light of all the foregoing, one is inclined to view the United Nations not as the “world’s last chance for peace,” but as a colossal failure.
Suppose one of the ambassadors to the United Nations were to stand up in the General Assembly and utter the following words:
“This body has demonstrated for the past 58 years its total inability to bring world peace.Today, the world seems closer to massive wars — even the possibility of a nuclear World War III than it ever has — despite the best efforts of the United Nations.
“There is only one hope for peace in this world, and that is the return of Jesus Christ, and the establishment of the Kingdom of God.”
All Islamic representatives would go berserk. The Jewish delegates would be outraged. All Hindus, Buddhists and Animists would shriek in rage. Most nominal Christians would be embarrassed and shocked. The offending speaker would no doubt be quickly captured, and escorted from the premises by security guards.
After the pandemonium his words had caused would finally settle down, someone from among his colleagues would tender an apology, the gavel would come down, and the UN General Assembly would once again get about its business.
God’s word, speaking of governments, says: “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity [lawlessness]...their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
“Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
“The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
“Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
“We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
“We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
“For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
“In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
“And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter” (Isaiah 59:4-14, excerpted).
Truth, justice and fairness are not to be found in the UN building in New York. Instead, it quickly became a hollow sounding board for Communist propaganda, and has now proved itself an inept, irrelevant body of pusillanimous appeasers.
The way of peace they know not.
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