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Friday, 24 September 2010 12:47
US Should Withdraw From Almadinejad’s Home, The UN
Written by  {ga=JeffCrouere}

jeffcrouere_150_200The United Nations was formed to pursue noble objectives, but it has denigrated into the type of organization that welcomes tyrants and dictators. For example, Iranian President Mahmoud Almadinejad addressed the U.N. General Assembly yesterday. He blasted the United States, predicted the end of capitalism and claimed that 9/11 was an inside job. In his hateful speech, Almadinejad suggested that the United States orchestrated the 9/11 attacks to protect the “Zionist regime” of Israel.

 

It is an outrage that a dictator who does not allow free elections or freedom of speech in his country would be allowed to lecture U.N. delegates. However, coddling dictators is par for the course for the United Nations. Most of the countries that comprise the organization have non-democratic forms of government. There are dozens of dictatorships, autocracies, and communist regimes in the United Nations. In fact, there are very few true democracies in the organization.

Faced with so many criminal regimes in the United Nations, the U.S. should immediately withdraw from the organization. Why should we associate with nations that threaten our country and do not share our values? It’s not like the U.N. can point to any success in promoting human rights or fighting oppression. In contrast, the track record of the organization is abysmal. The group is more known for wasting money on bureaucracy or tolerating rampant corruption, such as the “oil for food” scandal during the administration of the previous U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

In true cases of famine or natural disaster, the first responders who provide meaningful help are usually the United States military. In addition, the United Nations is unwilling to take action against regimes that oppress their people or do anything to stop the spread of radical Islam.

Clearly the United Nations has a history of utter failure, so why do we host the headquarters in our country? Instead of being a real boon to our nation or a mark of prestige, it is really an embarrassment. At the very least, we should dramatically reduce our contributions to the United Nations, in light of our fiscal problems.

There is no good reason why the United States should fund almost one-quarter of the organization’s bloated budget. With 192 member nations in the General Assembly, there should be parity in financial contributions and the budget should be more equitably shared by all member nations.

The United States has been played for a patsy for too long. Hosting an organization that promotes dictators who espouse anti-American rhetoric is an affront to the generous people of this country. In a deep recession with a soaring deficit, the United States needs to make serious cuts to our budget. A good place to start would be our large contribution to an ineffective organization that does not represent the values of our great nation.

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Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA and he is the host of a Louisiana based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m.weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. For more information, visit his web site at www.ringsidepolitics.com. E-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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