I Find the United Nations’ Role In the World Totally Confusing

I see that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (photo below) has demanded an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and I also see that his “demand” has been ignored. Rockets continue to rain down on Israel and hundreds of innocent civilians, including women and children, are still being slaughtered in Gaza.ban

So what does the U.N. secretary-general do now? I would expect him to send in peacekeepers. That’s right: Americans, Canadians, Turks, Arabs, Iranians, Africans… whatever peacekeepers are available, without regard to their ethnic origin. If the Hamas terrorists don’t stop firing rockets into Israel, I expect the peacekeepers to shoot them – dead. If the Israelis don’t stop blowing up people and buildings in Gaza, I expect the same thing to happen to them. Under the rule of law, that is known as the justifiable use of deadly force.

I am not kidding. Nobody is above the law. And there is a concept known as international law. So why can’t this concept be applied in the Gaza conflict?

But what is Mr. Ban doing? He is blaming “regional and international partners” for not “doing enough” to end the violence. And he is urging Arab foreign ministers, who are holding an emergency meeting in Cairo today “to act swiftly and decisively to bring an early end to this impasse.”

Here’s what Mr. Ban had to say:

I think regional and international partners have not done enough. At the same time, other world leaders must also step up efforts to support a longer term resolution of the issue.

What is he talking about? That should be the U.N.’s job. If we have to depend on “world leaders” to solve international disputes, why have the U.N.? What is Mr. Ban getting paid to do? Why do all those U.N. delegates get together and make speeches from time to time? What on earth do they do to justify their existence?

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com

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