Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Sunday, February 27, 2005

A whole book about the evil UN

Owing to technical difficulties, the guest blogging I'd planned for my vacation didn't work. However, my guest blogger did want to share with you an article reviewing a book about the UN's pathological dysfunction. The book is called Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos, and it's written by Dore Gold . You can find the book review here. The review is interesting on its face, and it makes the book sound like a must-read. Here's just a small part of the review, but even this small part spells out how the UN immediately began contributing to today's world problems:

In this illuminating book, Dore Gold, formerly Israel's ambassador to the U.N. and now head of a Jerusalem think tank, traces the U.N.'s pathology to its very beginnings: a fundamentally flawed organization that has spread chaos rather than order and "just doesn't work" when it comes to resolving international disputes. The U.N.'s weaknesses were already evident at the time of the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Although the U.N. Partition Plan had declared Jerusalem an international city, the U.N. reacted to the Arab attack on Jerusalem by proposing, in a "peace plan," to place it under complete Arab sovereignty. The U.N. did no better when Pakistani forces invaded Kashmir and, also in 1948, India turned to the Security Council for help: the U.N. ignored the Pakistani aggression, treated the two sides as morally equivalent, and eventually rewarded Pakistan by recognizing its status in Kashmir and calling for a reduction of Indian forces there. In both these cases, however, the U.N. did more than treat aggressors and defenders as equals, while, indeed, showing a tilt toward the former; it spread chaos by taking measures that would help perpetuate both conflicts. In the Israeli case, the U.N. innovated totally unique definitions of "refugee" that ensured the continuation of the "Palestinian refugee problem," and also the conflict, to the present day. In the Indian case, by signaling to Pakistan that aggression pays, the U.N. helped set the stage for further India-Pakistan wars and ongoing strife.