According to this news item, Republicans in the US House of Representatives are vowing to cut payments to the United Nations. Of greater interest to me is the promise of investigations into corruption.
There was a great deal of drama over the UN soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Humanitarian programs were seen as chances for graft and bribes, and resolutions against Iraq certainly did nothing to convince Saddam to abide by the peace agreement that ended Gulf War I. Why does the American taxpayer pony up more than 20% of the United Nation’s budget if the organization is nothing but a toothless waste of time that is run by a collection of criminals?
The only partially compelling reason I have ever heard to keep funding this failed organization was that many smaller countries would become alienated if they didn’t have the forum to make their voices heard. This would increase tensions, as well as increasing anti-American feelings.
An indication that this might be true was the reaction that many non-US citizens had when the blogs back then started to float the idea of defunding the UN. Emotions were running high, and someone once characterized the sturm and drang as being similar to what would happen if the US suggested “burning down a temple”. I suppose that, since it wasn’t their money that was being stolen, many supporters of the United Nations simply did not care that resources were being diverted from those who desperately needed them.
Frankly, I’m sick of the whole diseased organization. Cut off American support, and let us kick them out of New York while we are at it. I’m sure some room can be found in Brussles for what is left after we pull out.
The one thing you can say about burning down a temple is that you also destroy the rot slowly eating at the supports. Maybe it is time to bulldoze the smoking remains, and see what can be built on the ashes.