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Friday, May 20, 2005

U.S. Might Withhold U.N. Dues

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(Hat Tip: UN Dispatch)

On Thursday, Illinois Republican Henry Hyde's House International Relations Committee distributed an early version of the "United Nations Reform Act of 2005." It seeks to cut funding for programs seen as useless and bar human rights violators from serving on U.N. human rights bodies...

One of its most controversial proposals is linking dues to the changes it spells out. The document stipulates that if those reforms are not carried out, Congress will withhold 50 percent of U.S. dues to the U.N. general budget, taking the money from programs it deems inefficient and wasteful.

The United Nations is of coarse not exactly "happy" that funds might be withheld because of the difference in opinion regarding certain programs. But when an organization is responsible for losing billions of dollars, not to mention the "sex-for-food" scandal it pretty much forfeits the right to be trusted to govern itself financially.

"The secretary-general's position on the use of withholding as a tool for reform is pretty clear," Dujarric said. "He feels it's counterproductive, particularly at a time when reform is such a primary agenda item. I think the best way for member states to undertake reform is to engage in discussion among themselves."

The Secretary General, having presided over the worst scandals (notice the "s" at the end) in U.N. history should not only offer his resignation to the world but allow for a fair and transparent examination of what really went on in the Oil-for-food program, something currently being hindered by U.N. fear and judicial decree. If the United Nations is serious about reform then it is time for the institution to "clean house" starting with the current leadership.

The United Nations, although doing some good around the world is being hampered by it's current leaders incompetence. It is quickly becoming irrelevant in the eyes of many Americans and if not corrected could lead to a repeat of the League of Nations.

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I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

U.S. out! of the U.N.

By Blogger Aakash, at 12:39 AM EDT  

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