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As if we needed even more proof that the United Nations is a hypocritical cartoon, pariah-state North Korea, under U.N. sanctions for feverishly pursuing a ballistic nuclear weapons program, has taken over the rotating presidency of the U.N.’s Conference on Disarmament. Can you spell hypocrisy?
Before we get into the irony of this idiocy, a short explanation of how the above came about.
As reported by the Washington Post on Friday, all member states get a turn at the presidency of the conference. In the past, Western countries, with good reason, have often criticized the rotation, such as when Syria took over the presidency several years ago.
While the presidency is largely symbolic and administrative, the notion of North Korea and its nutjob dictator, Kim Jung Un at the helm of a nuclear disarmament conference illustrates the absolute hypocrisy of the “august” body, much like when Saudi Arabia was elected to the U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women — a country at the time in which women were not allowed to drive their own cars. Saudi women still must obtain the permission of a male guardian before they can travel outside of the country, work, or marry.
Han Tae Song, North Korea’s ambassador, opened the conference session by urging member countries to work toward “peace and security” and expressed willingness to work with all member states, adding that criticism from Western countries was “nothing new,” and simply “copy-and-paste” of past (legitimate) criticisms. Please.
Han also dragged out the old “North Korea has a right to defend itself” schtick, because NoKo is still technically at war with the U.S., with only a cease-fire — vs. a treaty — signed to halt the 1950-53 Korean War. Meh. Typical, paranoid commentary from a paranoid, hermit dictatorship.
The larger issue here is the United Nations, itself — which is anything but.
The U.N’s treatment of Israel over the years has been nothing short of appalling — and hypocritical as hell. While Hamas and Hezbollah have indiscriminately fired missile barrages into Israeli civilian neighborhoods, for decades, without so much as a sanction from the U.N., Israel is quickly condemned by the world body when it defends itself from the terrorist attacks. As of 2013, the State of Israel had been condemned in 45 resolutions by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), while the hypocritical body has repeatedly failed to condemn Hamas or Hezbollah.
The United States hasn’t always fared much better in the U.N. either.
As my colleague Jeff Charles reported in November 2020, the U.N. condemned America for “police brutality” and “racism.” It’s a fair statement that the Democrat Party has far less concern about how the U.S. is treated in the U.N. than do the Republicans — at times, blatantly using the hypocritical body against this country. And as RedState’s Andrew Malcolm reported in July of 2021, Joe Biden “shockingly” invited the United Nations to send a team of its “experts” to investigate racism within the United States.
The list goes on. As a wee lad, I remember traveling with my parents on vacation and seeing those old signs along the interstate — usually on a stretch of farmland or whatever: “Get the U.N. out of the U.S. and the U.S. out of the U.N.”
It didn’t seem like such a bad idea, at the time. Perhaps it’s an even better idea, now.
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