The United Nations (U.N.) is in the news again. Like usual, the U.N. is again pulled itself into controversy over the State of Israel.
The controversy revolves around a resolution offered by Egypt at the U.N. Security Council, just prior to Christmas, condemning Israeli’s settlements as illegal. The settlement in question involves the expansion of Israel into the West Bank and Eastern Jerusalem.
Really, though, the latest controversy merely forces the U.S. into a larger debate as to how effective — if at all — the U.N. has become. For Americans, it matters the most, since we provide the U.N. with the most financial resources.
As my colleague Nate Madden explains, the U.N. mandate is far different today than perhaps what was originally intended. Instead, the U.N. has morphed into an organization intent on pushing a global, liberal agenda. For example, Madden highlights the promotion of pro-abortion policies, lobbying for LGBT rights, and the fight to prevent individuals from accessing firearms around the world — yes, right here in the U.S., too.
Beyond the U.N.’s questionable agenda, the organization if full of corruption and ripe with hypocrisy. Just this March, six high profile U.N. diplomats were accused of accepting bribes; the U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, is battling similar accusation himself.
But perhaps the hypocrisy is more impressive. For example, consider this quote from Human Rights Watch regarding Saudi Arabia, “[Saudi Arabia] crackdown on all forms of dissent at home has continued unabated, executions have surged, and discrimination against woman and the Saudi Shia minority community remains systematic and entrenched.”
That quote doesn’t include the human rights and war crime violations that have been leveled against Saudi Arabia with concern to their military actions against Yemen, particularly civilian populations.
Yet, Saudi Arabia is on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Yes, I’m serious.
These are just a few reasons the U.N.ited Nations has become an undeniable boondoggle that the American people remain on the hook for. Overall, the regular U.N. budget is roughly $5.5 billion. But the U.S. is responsible for sending 22 percent of the total budget, paid for with U.S. taxpayer dollars, each year. That’s right, out of the 193 countries that participate in the U.N., the U.S. covers more than one-fifth of the total budget. That figure is for the regular U.N. budget; the U.S. is also forced to spend billions more to help fund the U.N. peacekeeping budget for a total that exceeds $3 billion.
But what do the American people receive in exchange for this annual $3 billion contribution?
The days of funding an organization that offers America little needs to change.
Front Page Mag perhaps explains it best, “The United Nations does only two things consistently and effectively: waste money and bash Israel. Sometimes it manages to do both at the same time.”
In the meantime, the U.S. has consistently lost power and influence within the U.N. The only leverage the U.S. has at present is to cut U.N. funding; something few presidents have been willing to do. In fact, the U.S. wields just one vote in all matters at the U.N.; which also includes the vote on the annual budget. Of course, the world is just fine with the U.S. footing the largest bill. This effectively have provided countries like China and Russia, notable military adversaries, with greater influences than they deserve, or that matches their contributions – Still, at the same time, these nations are infamously known to scuttle U.S. objectives.
But the mere impotence of the U.N. is enough to question what goals can be achieved in the first place. This summer a report surfaced that the U.N. had mistakenly spread cholera that took the lives of tens of thousands of Haitians. And, sexual abuse and rape by U.N. staffers and peacekeepers are on the rise, including 100 accusation of rape by staffers in one Africa country alone.
Really, the list goes on and on. Still, the U.S. continues to send taxpayers dollars to such an entity — and far more than the rest of this global club. Japan contributes just 9.6 percent of the total U.N. budget; China only 7.9 percent, Germany, 6.4 percent, France, 4.9 percent and the United Kingdom, 4.5 percent. However, 18 countries only pay 1 percent, and 135 countries contribute less than 0.1 percent.
All the anecdotes of failure prove that the U.N. perhaps makes the world less safe and more volatile. How can an organization be taken seriously that intends to protect human rights when it is monitored by countries that are often accused of human rights abuses? The U.N. is simply offering the world a false sense of security and diplomacy.
It’s U.N.deniable that U.S. taxpayer dollars are blindly fU.N.ding these atrocities.
But finally, the U.N.’s history of failure may finally be challenged by America’s next president, who, thankfully, finds it ridiculous to send the U.N. so many tax dollars. This dysfunctional institution, the U.N., may have finally met its greatest match: Donald Trump.
Just this week, President-Elect Trump was quoted as saying, “There is a tremendous potential, but it [U.N.] is not living up…” and “When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don’t. They cause problems … ” and “[I]f it lives up to the potential, it’s a great thing, and if it doesn’t, it’s a waste of time and money.”
The time for change is coming to the U.N., and the latest controversy over Israel might just be the catalyst to Trump putting this outdated and failed organization out of business or forced to reform. The days of funding an organization that offers America little needs to change.
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