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U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO Is a Good Start

The Trump administration should look at America’s participation in other U.N. offshoots too.

The Trump administration announced earlier this month that the United States will be leaving the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at the end of 2018.

The United States previously withdrew from UNESCO in 1984, because of "corruption" and what it saw as the organization's "ideological tilt toward the Soviet Union [and] against the West." George W. Bush, in his wisdom, reversed Ronald Reagan's decision in 2002.

The State Department has long complained about the organization's anti-Israeli bias and the U.S. stopped paying America's membership fee after UNESCO admitted Palestine as an independent member in 2011.

The stated causes of the United States decision to withdraw aside, it is difficult not to marvel at the goings on at the United Nations, and the U.S. should look at other U.N. organizations to exit.

The U.N. Human Rights Council, for example, currently includes Qatar, which imposes the death penalty for such crimes as apostasy and adultery and flogging for alcohol consumption. Venezuela, which censors its press, and tortures and kills its political prisoners, is on the council. So is China, which does not permit basic human freedoms, including those of religion, speech and assembly, and occupies Tibet. Rwanda, which kills the ruling regime's opponents at home and abroad, is in, and so is Saudi Arabia, a medieval kingdom that, among countless other transgressions against civilized norms of behavior, beheads homosexuals.

And then there's the World Health Organization, which last week appointed the 93-year-old Zimbabwean dictator, Robert Mugabe, as its "goodwill ambassador." Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian director-general of the organization, has previously praised Zimbabwe for "its commitment to public health" and said that Zimbabwe "was a country that "places universal health coverage and health promotion at the center of its policies to provide healthcare to all."

After a public outcry, Adhanon rescinded Mugabe's appointment. That said, let's ponder the WHO action for a moment, since, in the long line up of the world's most destructive leaders, Mugabe surely belongs to the top five.

First, consider the gaping abyss between the rhetoric of universal health coverage and the reality of life in many countries. Critics of the U.S. healthcare system often point to some God-forsaken nation that claims to "provide healthcare to all." The American left has for decades lauded Cuba as an example of a free and universal healthcare system for its citizens, ignoring that country's ramshackle hospitals, primitive medical instruments, lack of basic medicines, phlegmatic staff, dirty linen, and lack of food. Michael Moore even made a Goebbelesque propaganda movie about it.

Second, consider the actual legacy of Mugabe's rule on the health of ordinary Zimbabweans. There are, of course, many examples to choose from, but the following is pertinent for it involves the well-fed and handsomely remunerated invertebrates who stalk the hallways of the United Nations and staff the organization's many offices throughout the world.

In 2005, the Mugabe government nationalized Zimbabwe's water supply, then quickly ran out of money to treat the water and maintain the infrastructure. The government ended up shutting down the water supply altogether and people had to drink from ponds and sewers. In 2008, cholera broke out. The United Nations stepped in to help the cash-strapped country, but moved at a glacial pace.

The government's official line, after all, was that there was "no cholera" in Zimbabwe. Georges Tadonki, who headed the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Harare, noted that the United Nations "didn't want to anger the host government, which was trying to convince the world in general and Africa in particular that all was well in Zimbabwe."

Agostinho Zacarias, who headed the overall U.N. mission in Zimbabwe, refused to give the go-ahead for anti-cholera measures for four months, which was crucial, for "cholera is highly contagious, has an incubation period between one and two days and can kill soon afterwards." By the time the United Nations finally intervened, I wrote at the time, there were already "over 4,000 deaths, more than 100,000 people sick of cholera and millions [of] people affected directly or indirectly not only in Zimbabwe, but also in neighboring South Africa, Zambia, and Mozambique."

The United Nations is a sick organization and the Trump administration would be fully justified to look at America's participation in its other offshoots, well beyond the hapless UNESCO.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Only a xenophobe like Trump would judge other cultures and make us the divided nations.

  • New Hampshire||

    Sorry but UNESCO dictates all our school curricula.

    It's based on this, not academics

    http://robertmuller.org/rm/R1/.....culum.html

  • Sevo||

    I'm glad to see the formatting of that link showing exactly the results of turning over control to a government entity: It is fucked.

  • damikesc||

    The United Nations is a sick organization and the Trump administration would be fully justified to look at America's participation in its other offshoots, well beyond the hapless UNESCO.

    Agreed. We should leave the corrupt, sex crime-committing organization, the UN, in total. Kick them out of the US and let them find HQ elsewhere.

  • Hank Phillips||

    The League of Nations began as a drug-cartel organizing entity with a hand in stopping the sale at auction of women and children in places like Asia and the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. The Senate kept us out of that strange organization, but after the opium-trafficking nations again waged war the US began its love affair with the UN. After the collapse of soviet socialism the thing has become an officious nuisance. This article came as a pleasant surprise.

  • Sevo||

    "The League of Nations began as a drug-cartel organizing entity with a hand in stopping the sale at auction of women and children in places like Asia and the ruins of the Ottoman Empire."

    I'm certainly no fan of the LoN, but you apprehend a reality that few others do.

  • chemjeff||

    The U.N. Human Rights Council, for example, currently includes Qatar, which imposes the death penalty for such crimes as apostasy and adultery and flogging for alcohol consumption.

    Oh that's nothing. Did you know that the U.N. Security Council has as one of its permanent members a nation that deliberately toppled the governments of two Middle Eastern countries in order to score political points at home?

  • Shirley Knott||

    I thought toppling, or conquering, at least 2 other countries was a prerequisite to U.N. Security Council membership.
    Russia, China, USA, the list just goes on and on...

  • some guy||

    Britain and France have really been slacking off over the last century, though... Look for them to renew their efforts in the coming decades to ensure their positions are secure.

  • colorblindkid||

    And, stupid as it may be, notice how America never actually tries to integrate their conquered countries into their territories but tries to reform the government. You simply can not compare our naive misadventures in the Middle East, which for the most part are well-intentioned, to Russia and China's recent blatant imperialistic expansionism.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    With Russia, its even worse. Russia constantly seeks warm water ports for their navy. Hence the Russian friendship with Syria and Iran all of a sudden.

    I would hope an American naval strategy if at war with Russia would be to park attack subs just outside their ice locked ports and wait for ships to leave as the port thaws.

  • Tony||

    Good intentions makes bombing the wrong fucking country for more than a decade OK. In the immortal words of George W. Bush, or whoever the fuck, "Oops."

  • Sevo||

    That would be your hero Obo, you asshole.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Another achievement for Trump.

  • Tony||

    Who are you trying to convince, really? Look deep. However deep you go. I imagine not much.

  • Sevo||

    Tony|10.24.17 @ 12:14PM|#
    "Who are you trying to convince, really?"

    Statement of fact. You don't like facts? OK, fuck off.

  • DJF||

    """"The State Department has long complained about the organization's anti-Israeli bias """

    Shouldn't the US State Department be worried about anti-US bias? The Israelis have their own government to worry about anti-Israeli bias

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    I can't imagine that the kleptocrats in the U.N. haven't been skimping on building maintenance. Insist on a thorough safety inspection, declare the New York complex unfit for human habitation, and invite the U.N. to leave or be thrown out. Mail in our resignation, and rehab the buildings, replacing the U.N. with something far more socially beneficial...say, a combination gambling casino and brothel.

  • Mitsima||

    Re-purposing the UN building as the HQ for an American multi-national capitalist mega-corp would be a parade-worthy event.

  • Rhywun||

    I hear Amazon is looking for some space.

  • NotAnotherSkippy||

    I thought you wanted to repurpose the buildings.

  • C. S. P. Schofield||

    I gues "Open to the general public" wasn't made exlicit....

  • Hank Phillips||

    God's Own Prohibitionists do have avoiding foreign entanglements in their platform, AND requiring Senate ratification of goofy climate scams in their platform.

  • New Hampshire||

    Trump wants to leave UNESCO but for the wrong reasons. Israel tells him what to do at all times. That said, getting us out of UNESCO is symbolic but will do nothing more than what the Paris agreement did for Agenda 21/2030 --- NOTHING!

    The Agenda is still embedded into federal, state and local government who takes its orders from NGOs promoting the one world government and compact cities.

    Education is still run by NGOs and one world, UDHR promoters. It's so embedded in our culture and systems, that the kids are learning how the 2nd amendment doesn't exist and that the UN is our government. Even with UNESCO out, this will continue until parents and taxpayers at the LOCAL level go to their town and school meetings and make it STOP.

    Town master plans are created by American Planning Association and school curricula include books such as 'We the People and the Constitution'.

    See why it's so bad here: https://www.gunowners.org/fs0306.htm

    For more info, articles on these subjects, contact the New Hampshire Tea Party Coalition
    There are also a lot of good articles on education on Patch Bedford under Aitken.

  • Migrant Log Chipper||

    Must be those Joooos, eh NH?

  • Sevo||

    "Israel tells him what to do at all times."

    Your stupidity is showing.

  • buybuydandavis||

    "The Evil Juice is corrupting our precious bodily fluids!"

  • Uncle Jay||

    RE: U.S. Withdrawal From UNESCO Is a Good Start
    The Trump administration should look at America's participation in other U.N. offshoots too.

    I can' believe I'm saying this, but this is one time I agree with Trump.
    I can't think of a bigger kleptocracy than the UN.
    Pulling out of the UN and de-funding is a great idea, long overdue.

  • Could not connect to remo||

    I've been saying for 50 years that the US should be out of the UN. As time passes on, the need for the US to exit the UN entirely is all the more cogent.

  • Sevo||

    And I'd add NATO by now.
    Neither is accomplishing anything of value to the US.

  • Mark22||

    In 2005, the Mugabe government nationalized Zimbabwe's water supply, then quickly ran out of money to treat the water and maintain the infrastructure. The government ended up shutting down the water supply altogether and people had to drink from ponds and sewers. In 2008, cholera broke out. The United Nations stepped in to help the cash-strapped country, but moved at a glacial pace.

    Just like Flint, Michigan.

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