Making the daily rounds on my news websites today I came across a curious article where the UN was honoring Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe as a “UN Leader on terrorism.” Now I originally thought this meant the UN was taking a tough stance on Mugabe’s history as a leader, but as I read on it became apparent that the UN was instead honoring Mugabe for his pacification efforts in Zimbabwe and their terrorism commission chose to honor him for it. I could not wrap my mind around the fact that the UN and their terrorism commission was honoring Robert Mugabe for his “terroristic efforts.” Mugabe, the same man who seized power of Zimbabwe in the 1980’s and went on to launch an ethnic cleansing campaign. The same man who has ruthlessly held power through corruption, rigged elections, and tremendous inflation. The UN ignored all of this and instead is “honoring” Mugabe as a “voice against terrorism” in the world.
This is not the first nor the last time I have looked at the UN with a quizzical eye. There was the instance where they accepted Palestine into UNESCO, an organization within the UN, while still allowing their charter to be denied. There is the ongoing Syrian debacle where UN “observers” have sat in the country for months while no formal decision has been made; and meanwhile Syrian civilians continue to be attacked and murdered. There was the North Korean debacle where for years Kim Jong-Il acted without regard and the worst punishment ever received from the UN was warnings and economic sanctions.
The UN has gotten some things right, but those instances are few and far between. It is time the UN is recognized for what it really is, a global country club that holds no real power. It is a body of diplomats that has digressed into a convention of the weak-willed and indecisive. It wraps itself up in hypocritical decisions and statements such as preaching for political freedom and self-sovereignty but denying the people of Palestine a membership. It honors Robert Mugabe while conveniently sweeping his dark past underneath the rug. The UN continues to skate by on the most miniscule examples of a peacekeeping body, but how long until it is finally called out on its flaws? Joebags out