I was originally going to make this two different posts on two different issues. The first part is from a post on The Volokh Conspiracy entitled "The UN and Anti-Semitism." I respect Eugene Volokh, and I believe that he is an intelligent man. After I read the speech that the post points to, however, I was dismayed by his comments.
I don't know the facts well enough to vouch for the accuracy of her remarks, but they seem accurate based on what little I do know -- and if they are accurate, then they're a powerful indictment of the U.N.'s double standards on this.
Listen, however, to the words of the secretary-general in response to two suicide bombings which took place in Jerusalem this year, killing 19 and wounding 110: "Once again, violence and terror have claimed innocent lives in the Middle East. Once again, I condemn those who resort to such methods." "The Secretary General condemns the suicide bombing Sunday in Jerusalem. The deliberate targeting of civilians is a heinous crime and cannot be justified by any cause." Refusing to name the perpetrators, Mr. Secretary-General, Teflon terrorism, is a green light to strike again.
The other part of this story comes from ChechenPress.info, describing the bombing of a Chechen village. The article's writer, an A. Melkhiev, blames the United Nations, as seen by the article's title, " U.N. â?? Direct murderer of the Chechen children":
It may well be that U.N. member-countries who rejected the recent resolution condemning violations of human rights in Chechnya, can see these photos and rejoice at the result of their doings. Why, they are direct accomplices in the murder of those children, aren't they?
I believe that the world will have to choose whether it wishes to have a stronger United Nations that can actually protect the rights of the oppressed, or a NGO that makes ineffective resolutions about humanitarian issues. Non-constructive criticism, on the other hand, is not needed, and only serves to strengthen the arguments of those who claim that the United Nations is not needed. Unless we seek to see increased unilateral action by those nations most willing to risk war - oppressive and authoritarian states - a strong UN is a necessary part of the global future.