The Council of the Vicious

The United Nations is a strange organization.  Its charter, written after the carnage of two World Wars, lists as its first goal “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind.”  The U.N. was designed to achieve this goal by giving the nations of the world a great table where virtually every nation could sit, and work out their differences through negotiation instead of bloodshed.

In order to do this, the United Nations must have a very low bar for entry.  Those nations most likely to start a war would not meet Western standards of decency and democracy.  Excluding them on that basis would defeat the entire purpose of the organization.  If one wishes to save “succeeding generations from the scourge of war” with a global parliament, then one must reserve seats for tyrants and barbarians.

This means the U.N. is an organization designed to compromise its lofty goals, in order to achieve them.  Besides avoiding the scourge of war, its charter seeks 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”… but its member nations include torturers, dictatorships which believe “dignity and worth” can only be found through absolute obedience to the Dear Leader, and cultures which treat women as property.  It wants to establish international “justice” with regimes where law is written by tyrants, using the blood of their citizens.  It tries to “promote social progress and better standards of life” with the assistance of kleptocrats who loot their treasuries to build palaces.

In order to pursue its mission, the U.N. must maintain the fiction that all of its member nations deserve roughly equal respect.  Members that might otherwise wreak havoc upon mankind would not attend its sessions if they were forced to sit in cages and wear Hannibal Lecter masks. 

Since it is impossible to elevate barbarians by decree, the more enlightened nations must be brought low.  The ambassadors of nations such as the United States and European democracies, which take the mission of the United Nations seriously, must sit beside those who view it as a mechanism for furthering the selfish desires of autocratic rulers.  States which are interested in none of the noble goals outlined in the U.N. charter must be allowed to sit upon lofty councils.

This has caused the United Nations to take on the worst characteristics of its lowest elements.  It is horrendously corrupt, with little accountability for the perpetrators of scams like Saddam Hussein’s “Oil for Palaces” program.  Its peacekeepers are known to brutalize local populations.  It pursues ideology in defiance of common sense.  It has much to offer those who are interested in centralized power, and therefore believe “justice” means “redistribution.”  It paralyzes the great with endless procedural demands, while providing little hindrance to the vicious. 

After six decades, there is little evidence to suggest it has improved barbarian states by forcing their ambassadors to sit next to those who represent enlightened democracies.  Like every multicultural institution, it compels the great to respect the petty… and thus forfeit any chance of winning their respect.  It has become a council of the vicious, rather than a classroom where enlightenment is taught.  Nothing validates the world-view of the dishonest more than an assembly which grants them honor for just showing up.

And that, my friends, is why the U.N. Human Rights Council is about to issue a report packed with high praise for the exquisite commitment to justice and human rights displayed by… Libya.