Monday, June 19, 2006

United Nations Useless In Preventing Nuclear Proliferation

As reports grow that North Korea intends to test fire a three-stage missile that could hit the United States, the U.S., Japan, Australia and New Zealand have all warned the regime of Kim Jong Il that there would be harsh but otherwise unspecified adverse consequences if it was to go ahead.

But if by that, the U.S. and its allies mean taking the matter to the U.N. Security Council and seeking sanctions, then nothing of substance would be accomplished.

The fact is, when it comes to stopping North Korea or Iran from developing nuclear weapons and long range missiles, or when it comes to stopping genocide in Darfur and other places, the United Nations is utterly useless.

Russia and China can block any meaningful action with their veto power in the Security Council, and the General Assembly is dominated by countries that are as fundamentally unfriendly to the U.S. and its allies as they are to Israel. The Israelis have learned they can expect no protection from the U.N., or even a lack of bias. A U.N. "peacekeeping" force in Lebanon has done nothing to prevent missiles from being fired into Israel.

The U.S. Japan, Australia and New Zealand are powerful countries. Were they to undertake a naval blockade of North Korea, it would have an effect. Lesser sanctions would only exacerbate the situation without bringing any solid result.

Just as before World War II, when Germany left the League of Nations and Italy defied it, no world body that requires a consensus before it can act is any use at all in preventing a build up of tensions that, in today's world, can lead to a nuclear war.

We have to assume that the U.S. could ultimately become the target of nuclear attack by North Korea and perhaps Iran. Using the U.N. to try to prevent this would be in the end hopeless. Already, it should be noted, however, the U.S. has not waited for the U.N. to act, before undertaking continuing surveillance of North Korea. This surveillance allowed us to detect North Korean preparations for a missile launching and it is so pervasive that we learned this morning that the North Koreans have fueled the missile, allowing a launch at any time.

Also in the news this morning is a lengthy L.A. Times report that the U.S. is battling to try and keep Venezuela, whose dictator, Hugo Chavez, has been developing ties with both North Korea and Iran, from obtaining a seat on the Security Council, where it could become even more obstructive to American interests than it already is.
The battle is a close one within the Latin American countries that must make the primary decision. If they are deadlocked, then the matter goes to the General Assembly where it is clear the U.S. does not command a majority.

My own view is that the U.S. should drastically cut its contributions to the U.N., with the exception of such sub-groups as the World Health Organization, and prepare to make alliances with like minded nations a primary focus of our foreign policy. NATO, despite its divisions, is a far better organization for us.

We cannot leave to the U.N. any capacity to determine U.S. foreign policy. If we do, we might as well invite North Korean ships, uninspected, into U.S. ports.

The bottom line is we cannot rely on a body dominated by Third World countries in the General Assembly to stop anyone from an atomic attack on Los Angeles. We have to be masters of our own situation.

(A short time after this was posted, someone in effect put an ad on the bottom in "comments" for a TV program. Either they should not have done it, or they should pay me for advertising. Please ignore this particular comment. The implication is that I may endorse this program. I have never heard of this channel, and I certainly do not).

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The four-hour special “Crisis and Hope in Africa” highlights the voices of refugees and marginalized victims of Darfur and touches on some of the deep social and economic problems facing the nation, beginning with a clip from the heart-wrenching and critically acclaimed “Darfur Diaries.” The program will be hosted by Link TV political correspondent Mark Hertsgaard and feature American entertainer and social activist Harry Belafonte, who has been a UNICEF goodwill ambassador for nearly 20 years and initiated the idea for the 1985 “We Are the World” project, which raised $100 million in aid for Africa. Fresh from a trip to the region, Congresswoman Barbara Lee will be on hand to discuss the lasted development in the region: UN troops being sent to police Sudan.

The special will also feature “What Will it Take to Stop Genocide in Darfur?” an unprecedented national discussion on how to end the genocide, recorded with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. earlier this year. More than 35 universities participated in the original live Web cast, which features Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power; Ambassador Michael Ranneberger, Senior State Department Representative for Sudan, Mudawi Ibrahim Adam, Sudanese human rights defender and award-winning journalist Jon Sawyer.

When will all human’s lives, homes, safety and rights be protected vigilantly as a fundamental human right? What can you do to help the ailing nation of Darfur? Tune in and find out.

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Link TV is a non-commercial, independent television network available in more than 27 million U.S. homes on DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410. The 24-hour programming is a mix of documentaries, international news, foreign films and the best of World Music. The network recently received the first satellite-only Peabody Award for MOSAIC: World News from the Middle East, a daily news show featuring English translations of national television reports from more than 24 countries in the Middle East. Select Link TV programs are streamed on the Internet at www.linktv.org. Link TV is operated by Link Media, Inc., a California non-profit organization, with production studios in San Francisco, New York and Washington, DC.

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