Ironically, despite the largely autocratic composition of the global body — widely ridiculed as a “dictators club” for its totalitarian-minded membership roster — proponents of eliminating the veto argued that the move would make the UN more “democratic.” Of course, in the UN General Assembly, the votes of tyrants such as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Raul Castro of Cuba, Kim Jong-un of North Korea, or any other tinhorn dictator carry the same weight as those of elected governments such as those in the West. Even genocidal mass-murderers “indicted” by the UN’s kangaroo court get a vote. Apparently, in UN-speak, that is “democracy.”
Speaking at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, national leaders and dictators of various persuasions all demanded urgent “reform” of the global outfit.
Among the sought-after reforms, special emphasis was put on further empowering the UN and pushing the long-running plot to let UN member regimes dictate policies for the whole globe or even launch planetary wars without risking a veto from major powers. Dozens of high-level government representatives, including some who wield vetoes, were also pushing to limit veto powers, suggesting it should not be used in cases of “mass atrocities.”
Right now, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the governments of the United States, Communist China, Russia, the United Kingdom, and France — are able to block major UN schemes using the veto. Using that power, any of those governments can block, for instance, the deployment of UN troops or “binding” Article VII measures.
Critics, though, want that to end. “The world is bigger than five,” complained Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an Islamist whose government is listed as among the worst persecutors of journalists, during his UN speech last week.
Other rulers of UN member states pushed the same narrative. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala Tasso, among others, claimed the “status quo” made the UN inefficient. “The Security Council’s capacity to respond to the different crises in different parts of the world reflects the need for reforming its work methodology,” he said, calling for more permanent and rotating members on the Security Council to produce a more “democratic” system of what internationalists refer to as “global governance.”
The brutal dictatorship ruling over Eritrea was even more adamant, blasting the “dominant powers” for supposedly blocking “vital” UN reforms. “The United Nations, the organization that ostensibly represents the entire community of nations and the peoples of the world, remains stuck in the past,” complained Eritrean “Foreign Minister” Osman Saleh, whose unelected regime is infamous for torturing dissidents. “It remains thoroughly dominated by the few and has marginalized the overwhelming majority. Its institutions and structures are an anachronism in the modern world.”
Ironically, despite Saleh’s purported concern for the “majority,” the Eritrean regime’s all-powerful “president” has been in power since 1993, and all other parties are banned.
“Torture, arbitrary detention, and severe restrictions on freedom of expression, association, and religious freedom remain routine in Eritrea,” Human Rights Watch said about the regime, which was sanctioned in 2011 for a wide array of abuses. Presumably the concern for the “majority” extends to UN member governments — not people. Finish reading