I’ve been saving up a good UN rant for… at least a week. So thanks, Twinkie, for the opportunity.
Just to be clear. I can’t stand them. I couldn’t stand them when I worked in third world countries and saw them pay extravagant salaries to well-connected corrupt relatives of local government officials to do… nothing. This actually was one of the things that sparked the Rose Revolution in Georgia. Scheverdnadze’s wife boasted to a news station: “Why should my son work for the Georgian government? He earns $10,000 a month working for the UN!” There were other revolutionary factors of course, but it was a real “let them eat cake” moment.
I was also almost run over by a UN SUV in Tbilisi – the drivers were always charging around like lunatics. I don’t think the cops were allowed to ticket them.
But personal grievances aside, here’s what’s wrong with the UN: any organization that tries to do everything, accomplishes nothing. And that’s where the UN is at. From women’s rights to children’s rights to health to environment to economic development to… whatever. They have their overpaid bureaucratic fingers everywhere. The rationale is that all roads lead to peace. Economic development? Peace. Women’s rights? Peace. Children? Don’t even question it if it’s for the children, you horrible person.
The UN’s track record on civil war? Rawanda? Genocide? Er… Not so good. Of course, with North Korea heading the UN’s nuclear disarmament group and the dictator of the month chairing the UN’s human rights group, and Iran on the women’s rights panel — what do you expect?
We all know that when the $%#@ hits the fan, it’s time to call the Americans to be the world’s policeman, once again, while simultaneously complaining about high-handed American imperialism.