Ambassador Susan Rice reveals the UN's distorted priorities
Nuclear weapons in Iran and North Korea. Slaughter in Syria. Starvation and more killings in much of Africa. Alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria. International terrorism. Forcibly selling women and children for sex worldwide. Destruction of UNESCO heritage sites both deliberate and through war. And on and on the list of horrors could go.
So which of these vital concerns is the focus of the United Nations? None of them. Most of the UN's General Assembly, Security Council and Human Rights meetings are devoted to condemning Israel, US ambassador to the UN Susan rice revealed recently.
Susan Rice said a major part of her work as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is defending Israel's legitimacy.
"It's a huge part of my work to the United Nations," Rice said Sunday evening, launching this year's Consultation on Conscience, an event in Washington for Reform movement social activists organized by the Religious Action Center.
She likened the volume of work to her efforts to coordinate Syria's isolation and contain violence and abuses in Sudan.
Rice said she often works in "lockstep" with the Israeli delegation.
"We will not rest in the crucial work of defending Israel's security and legitimacy every day at the United Nations," she said.
Rice said Israel's success at the United Nations often is not reported -- for instance in joining the boards of the U.N. Development Program and UNICEF, and in advancing development initiatives.
Disgusted by the vile comments of Richard Falk, the UN's "Human Rights special investigator of conditions in the Palestinian territories", gleefully stating the US deserved the deaths at the Boston Marathon because of its arrogance and support of Israel, she bluntly tweeted a few days later
Outraged by Richard Falk's highly offensive Boston comments. Someone who spews such vitriol has no place at the UN. Past time for him to go.
Or maybe it is time for the US and all other concerned nations to leave the UN. Maybe then Rice and others could work to alleviate and eliminate some of the real evils in the world such as the dire situation in Darfur. As Rice tweeted over the past few days
- Over 35,000 IDPs need urgent assistance in East #Darfur alone. Immediate humanitarian access is imperative.
- In 2013, clashes displaced nearly 150,000 in #Darfur: 5 times more than in all of 2012.
- Security is deteriorating across #Darfur. In last 12 months, 7 peacekeepers were killed.
- We condemn yesterday's attack on #UNAMID in East #Darfur. Our condolences to the friends, family & colleagues of the fallen peacekeeper.
Darfur, where an estimated 400,000 black Africans have been brutally slaughtered by the Arab Janjaweed. Uh oh, the Arab Janjaweed. Therefore the UN will certainly continue to ignore the heart wrenching plight of the blacks in Darfur. Unless of course they can blame it on the US and Israel.