The UN in 1946
Sixty years ago today, the U.N. met for the first time:
The first General Assembly of the United Nations, comprising 51 nations, convenes at Westminster Central Hall in London, England. One week later, the U.N. Security Council met for the first time and established its rules of procedure. Then, on January 24, the General Assembly adopted its first resolution, a measure calling for the peaceful uses of atomic energy and the elimination of atomic and other weapons of mass destruction.
Wonder what those people attending would think of today's U.N.?
The organization has become a meeting house for every form of "anti-U.S.-ism" – not to mention anti-Israel – on the planet.
Worse than the rhetoric, it is useless, as John R. Smith wrote in 2014:
The world’s self-professed guardians of global order failed in 2011 to save the rebels of Libya from being annihilated by the mad, murderous dictator, Muammar Gaddafi -- who, ironically enough -- was a member of the Human Rights Council.
In 2007, the U.N. made Iran vice chairman of the Disarmament Commission.
In the same year, Freedom House ranked more than half the 47 members of the Human Rights Council as “unfree” or “partly free.”
In 2008, the U.N. elected as its president Miguel d’Escoto, who won the 1985 Lenin Prize and had served as foreign minister of the communist dictatorship in Nicaragua. Quite a sick joke.
In 2007, the global economic “powerhouse” of Zimbabwe was chosen to head the U.N.’s economic development commission.
Last year, the U.N. wanted the United States to sign its Arms Trade Treaty, which would have surrendered America’s Second Amendment rights, blocked U.S. authority to enter arms trading agreements with its allies, and required the nation to “support weapons collection” and “disarmament” of ex-combatants.
And to add insult to injury, the same U.S. that they criticize pays a bulk of the dues! It is about 22% today, after the Congress objected to the U.N.'s radical tone.
Back in 1946, the U.N. sounded like a good idea, especially after the brutal World War II that took so many lives. It was intended to be a place to settle differences rather than fight wars.
Unfortunately, the U.N. has not lived up to expectations. It's time to turn the U.N. building into an apartment complex and create another group of nations by invitation only.