- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 8, 2001

There were two international crises in October 1956. One was the fizzled invasion of Egypt by Britain, France and Israel; the other, the successful Soviet invasion of Hungary. The United Nations had a powerful influence in stopping the war against Egypt but failed utterly to stop the Soviet war against counterrevolutionary Hungary. A Cabinet member of that beleaguered government asked a United Nations official why the United Nations had been so effective on Suez and so ineffective on Hungary?
The U.N. officials answer was simple and cruel: Because, he said, the countries concerned in the Suez aggression are democracies, they have legal oppositions, they have freedom of the press and speech, they are open to persuasion, pressure from domestic and world opinion. Their borders are "permeable"; ergo, the United Nations is effective in Suez. The Hungarian Cabinet official then asked the U.N. official:
"Arent you then saying that democracies can be penalized for their actions while dictatorships are rewarded for their actions?"
There was no answer.
And there you have the reason why the United States was voted off and slave-trading Sudan voted on to the 53-member U.N. Human Rights Commission last week in one of the most scandalous actions ever taken in the United Nations and there have been plenty. Let me give another example of U.N. malfeasance. Why hasnt China, the most notorious violator of free trade unionism, been expelled from the International Labor Organization, a U.N. affiliate, which demands adherence to minimal standards of decency from governments in dealing with workers? And if not expelled then at least suspended from the ILO? China violates everything the ILO stands for yet its representatives sit in the ILO as full members.
A report by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, a world organization of national trade union centers including the AFL-CIO, says China punishes "all workers advocating respect for workers rights, or attempting to organize independent trade unions outside the official structure of the All-China Federation of Trade Unions."
The All-China Federation, says the ICFTU complaint, "is an instrument of the ruling party and the state, used as a means to exercise control and surveillance over workers." The right to strike was removed in 1982 from what is called the Chinese Constitution. Yet China sits in the ILO even though it violates everything the ILO supposedly stands for.
As then Secretary of State Henry Kissinger wrote in 1975 during a United States-ILO crisis which led to the temporary withdrawal of the United States from the U.N. agency:
"The ILO Conference for some years now has shown an appallingly selective concern in the applications of the ILOs basic conventions on freedom of association and forced labor. It pursues the violation of human rights in some member states. It grants immunity from such citation to others. This seriously undermines the credibility of the ILOs support of freedom of association, which is central to its tripartite structure, and strengthens the proposition that these human rights are not universally applicable, but rather are subject to different interpretations for states with different political systems."
To which I will add to no ones surprise that China is a member of the U.N. Human Rights Commission. Among other members of the commission are such observers of human rights as: Cuba, Libya, Syria, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan. Cuba, for heavens sake, is on the U.N. Human Rights Commission. Can you think of anything more politically obscene?
A large number, if not a majority, of U.N. member countries are bitterly hostile to the U.S. but not to U.S. taxpayer dollars. Some years ago, the U.S. Mission to the U.N. made a study that showed that the top 50 recipients of U.S. aid voted with the United States 14 percent of the time and with the then-Soviet Union 97 percent of the time. On U.N. resolutions about economic development and international regulation, U.N. members voted with the U.S. position 3 percent of the time and with the Soviet Union 97 per cent of the time.
And then theres the U.N. Development Program whose 1999 report was an attack on globalization, for which read capitalism.
An aside to Sen. Jesse Helms, North Carolina Republican: Are you sure youre not being conned by the U.N. bureaucracy?
What is really stupendously ridiculous is that among those member countries that participated in the secret vote to oust the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission, 11, like Cuba, China, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Liberia do not hold democratic elections.


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