United States Sovereignty 101
"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political bands which connected them to another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation."
With these opening words, Thomas Jefferson wrote down what has become the sovereign right of every United States citizen and that of this country since the Declaration of Independence was issued in 1776 to King George III of the British Empire. These words have rolled across my mind frequently the last few months and I figured it was time to write about it.
These words come to mind while watching the evening news and seeing and hearing the relationship which has formed between the United States and the United Nations. Though it may not be politically expedient at the moment, I forsee a day when it will be debated in the Houses of the United States Congress and in the court of public opinion when serious consideration will be, and must be, given to the proposal of withdrawing the United States of America from the United Nations.
The UN has become a standing committee, a toothless tiger intent on passing resolution after resolution to aid the world, of course these resolutions mostly consist of the the threats that more resolutions will be passed and the UN will very sternly say to the offending nation "Don't do it again, or we'll have to pass another resolution."
The current US led effort in Iraq failed to gain the approval of the UN Security Council, whose members include France, Russia, and China. France and Russia were the two key oppositions to UN approval of the US led invasion to topple the Hussein dictatorship. France and Russia were also the two nations who stood to gain substantial economic windfall throught oil infrastructure contracts with the Hussein led Iraqi government. The downfall of which would leave those contracts in doubt. Last fall, UN Secretary General, Koffi Anaan vocalized that the US invasion of Iraq was illegal because it did not have UN approval. As President Bush so aptly put it, we will not seek a permission slip to defend this country. I will note, we went looking for WMD's that we and other nations believed the Iraqi's to possess, we knew at one time they had them, we know they used them on their own people, we know Hussein's government could not account for materials needed to build them. None have been found, it is possible they were moved out of the country, it is possible they didn't exist, but if we take it that Iraq had none, going against the intelligence gathered by many nations, Hussein was bluffing the world and we called him on it. The UN does not have the right to stop country's from acting on threats that are believed to pose a risk to that country's citizenry.
The Oil for Food program, which I will not touch on here, because more information is coming out daily, and what is known today could be changed tomorrow, is at least the most corrupt criminal enterprise ever run. If it was a private company, the CEO and others would be in a court room racing RICO charges at the very least.
The UN a few weeks ago met at Aushwitchz, the Nazi death camp and proceeded to mention that such atrocities and genocide will never happen again. Apparently the UN has not gotten the memo's about Rwanda, Croatia, and the Sudan. Actually, I retract the Sudan. Apprarently, the Sudan is not genocide but a dire situation. I guess there is some magic number of lives that makes killing a genocide as opposed to a dire situation. The UN recently passed a resolution condemning the events in Darfur, but the resolution offered no solution of steps towards one. Amazingly the Human Right Commission, which includes Cuba, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the Sudan, haven't been quick to act. Even the most casual observer can see the problem of having some of the worst records in human rights sittings on the commission. Maybe it's just me, but if the worst offenders are in charge then their standards become the accepted practice, because no ambassador is going to call out the government that appointed him (or her).
I could go on all night, but laundry calls. Someday, and probably sooner rather than later, this is going to become a big issue. I just urge you all to stay up to date on world events and the goings on of not only the US government (local, state and federal) but also the interaction of these governments with one another and how these relations play out in world of "diplomacy". If you fail to do so, I resolve to write my own witty resolution resolving to poke fun at you if you don't, and will continue to do so till I get blue (UN blue maybe?) in the face, at which point I'll shake my finger at you, say "Bad dog" and pass another resolution about just how bad you are. Also, forigve any spelling errors, I resolved not use spellcheck for this blog entry.