Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy
By Frederick B. Meekins - CNSNews.com Commentary
July 13, 2001
Students of political science would be forced to conclude that the field of
international relations is a discipline fraught with bizarre irony and stunning
contradiction. This is no where as evident as it is at the United Nations.
Both American policymakers and the general public fell victim to this reality
in the controversy surrounding the expulsion of the United States from
various UN panels such as the Commission on Human Rights and the
International Narcotics Control Board.
One almost doesn't know whether to laugh or cry being that these decisions
are both a blessing in disguise and a cause for concern all at the same time.
For too long, the United States has drifted along in a state of blissful denial
or outright complacency as to the maniacal hootenanny taking place under
the auspices of the United Nations.
The United States has been booted off these international bodies largely
because of this nation's refusal to submit fully to the yoke of the globalist
agenda and for mustering some courage with the advent of the Bush
administration to stand up to this planetary nonsense to a limited degree.
It has been speculated that the U.S. is being punished for challenging UN
initiatives regarding issues such as the International Criminal Court, the
effort to abolish landmines, and the Kyoto global warming treaty --- all of
which the United States has rational grounds for opposing.
Yet this dispute between the United States and the United Nations runs
deeper than these significant but peripheral policy disputes. These
disagreements merely scratch the surface of the ideological chasm festering
between these two geopolitical powerhouses.
Increasingly, freedom lovers everywhere find two opposing interpretations
as to the nature of human rights competing for prominence in the world at
On the one hand can be found the traditional Western view held by the
majority of decent upright Americans adhering to the Judeo-Christian
worldview that fundamental rights and liberties are granted by God to the
individual as an inherent protection against the intrusive tendencies of
governments as well as other individuals.
Those holding an opposing standard contend that rights --- or rather social
privileges --- are granted by government and are subject to modification,
curtailment, or even outright abolition in pursuit of a regime's particular
It is this conflict between the differing conceptions of personal liberty that
has gotten the United States kicked off the UN panels where the statist
interpretation of human rights have come to predominate.
A rundown of the Commission's membership will bear this assertion out.
Perusing the Commission's rolls is like taking a tour down Dick Tracy's
Rogue's Gallery on an international level.
The primary power wanting the U.S. off the Commission was none other
than our esteemed "strategic partner" Red China, a nation renowned for its
overwhelming devotion to the welfare of the individual. The Communist
government there has slaughtered millions in pursuit of dubious ends as
epitomized by that county's Great Cultural Revolution. Forced abortions and
religious persecution of believing Christians continues in that nation to this
Another paragon of inalienable rights guiding the Commission to ever higher
plateaus of individual emancipation is Saudi Arabia. In that particular land of
opportunity, women aren't even allowed to drive cars and those who convert
from Islam to another faith are rewarded by having their heads lopped off.
One will realize just how ludicrous the decision to remove the United States
from the Commission really is once they learn that the seat belonging to the
beacon of hope to the world in this life was given to Sudan. Thus a nation
where children are sold into the bondage of slavery for simply belonging to
the "wrong" religion has been elevated as a better example to the world than
the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Even the more enlightened and civilized nations on the Human Rights
Commission leave something to be desired in their interpretation of
fundamental rights and liberties.
For example, in Canada one can run afoul of the law for speaking out
against homosexuality and a number of Evangelicals have been subject to
criminal prosecution there for distributing literature critical of other religions.
Other industrialized democracies on the Human Rights Commission such as
France, Germany, and even the United Kingdom have laws unduly
hampering religious and individual expression.
A number of those opposed to the controversial agenda being pursued by
the United Nations have suggested that now is the perfect time to get out of
this planetary bureaucracy in light of this slap across the face of the United
States since the UN largely pursues an anti-American agenda at the
expense of U.S. taxpayers.
Rather it is the time to rally goodhearted people to the side of our cause
rather than to run from the fight. Edmund Burke is credited with saying that
all it takes for evil to win is for good men to do nothing.
The only thing protecting the people of the world from the full wrath of the
diabolical intentions of the United Nations is the love of freedom and
concern for justice found at the heart of the American spirit. Without this
influence, such evil would know no bounds.
Without an American presence to temper its decisions, the Human Rights
Commission has continued its downward spiral of propagating policies
inimical to a true understanding of human rights.
Soon after banishing the United States, the Commission proceeded to bar
nongovernmental organizations such as the Family Research Council and
the Simon Wiesenthal Center from providing input regarding the work of the
Commission because of the practice of these associations to speak out
against atrocities around the world.
According to the May 17, 2001 Washington Times, it is becoming
increasingly difficult for such watchdog organizations to get the bureaucratic
clearance necessary to participate in UN forums and meetings. Joanna
Weschler of Human Rights Watch points out in the article that repressive
governments have been emboldened to deny the right petition to
organizations opposed to the totalitarian style of administration since Sudan
successfully banished the abolitionist Christian Solidarity International from
participating at UN functions nearly two years ago.
Unless America stands its ground, things will only get worse. According to
the radio news program "Point of View with Marlin Maddoux", UN
"peacekeepers" in Sudan threatened to use helicopter gunships on
missionaries trying to deliver Bibles to Christian refuges in that beleaguered
country. Perhaps such military force should be brought to bear against
Sudan's radical Islamic government when that regime decides to drop
bombs as it has done in the past on Samaritan's Purse hospitals, the relief
organization administered by Billy Graham's son Franklin.
These outrages are nothing compared to what the UN has in store for the
world in general and America in particular if the institution could ever avail
itself of such an opportunity.
For example, it is the ultimate goal of the United Nations to establish an
independent standing army financed through taxation extracted from all
international commercial transactions. And with the threat of force, even
nations who might otherwise oppose such globalist nonsense could
eventually be forced to comply or face military occupation, with their
citizens subject to the same kinds of laws governing the most brutal nations
It is therefore imperative for the United States to remain active within the
United Nations for the time being if for no other reason than to try and hold
this Hobbesian leviathan at bay along with its proposals of perdition.
It would do good indeed for the United States to disentangle itself from the
snares set by these world bodies whose intentions stretch far beyond the
aversion of global war and the maintenance of amicable relations between
nations. However, the United States must not leave the table with its back
turned to such a den of cutthroats and vipers. The United States, not the
United Nations, must be the last one standing on the world stage in
reference to this planetary showdown.
In the movie "Star Wars", immediately prior to entering the scene in the
sleazy bar Obi-Wan Kenobi said, "You'll never find a more wretched hive of
scum and villainy. We must be cautious." Such words of wisdom are quite
apropos regarding America's relationship to the United Nations.
Copyright 2001, Frederick B. Meekins