Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What in the World is the UN Thinking?

A year ago, when UN officials selected Syria as a member of the UNESCO Human Rights Committee, the public at large must have wondered what the UN was thinking.  Surely this had to be some kind of mistake.  This country is slaughtering its own citizens.  This just can’t be right.

But wait a minute, didn’t the UN also appoint Saudi Arabia to the board of UN Women, the organization’s women’s-rights arm?  Is that the same Saudi Arabia where women have virtually no rights?  Yes, it’s the same Saudi Arabia.  And it’s the same UN.

About the only thing that could possibly be more absurd would be appointing Iran to a committee drafting a global arms treaty.

Well, guess what.  That’s exactly what they did!

It was just a couple of weeks ago that the UN accused Iran of illegally supplying arms to Syria.   Now Iran is helping to draft an arms treaty.  Hillel Neuer hit the proverbial nail on the head when he said, “Right after a UN Security Council report found Iran guilty of illegally transferring guns and bombs to Syria, which is now murdering thousands of its own people, it defies logic, morality and common sense for the UN to elect this same regime to a global post in the regulation of arms transfers.

To put the icing on the cake, the United States did not even raise an objection to the appointment.  Not one word.

Wait just a minute.  Didn’t the US representative to the UN for Management and Reform say last year that “We’re going to assert a common-sense principle across the UN: If a member state is under Security Council sanction for weapons proliferation or massive human-rights abuses, it should be barred, plain and simple, from leadership roles like chairmanships in UN bodies.  Abusers of international law or norms should not be the public face of the UN.”?  Uh, yes he did.

While an unidentified State Department official brushed off the appointment saying, “Obviously we oppose [Iran’s appointment], but it’s a symbolic position with little impact,” Iran’s official news agencies, IRNA and ISNA, were touting the importance of the rogue nation’s new, influential role.  Imagine the utter glee with which the Islamist nation accepted the appointment to “assist” in controlling arms trade when the country itself is defying diplomatic efforts and sanctions by continuing to build its nuclear facilities and barely a week goes by without it threatening death and destruction to Israel and the US.

The Bible says that the day will come when men will call good evil and call evil good.  It sure is getting difficult to know how our world leaders define good or evil.  Without the Biblical foundation that correctly discerns good from evil, eventually all people will have no moral compass.  Pray for our country.  Pray for our leaders.  Weep over the souls of men.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.  And pray for the soon return of Israel’s Messiah, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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