Muslim Countries Must Rethink United Nations

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The United Nations, after the United States had spurned the League of Nations, was forged mainly out of President Roosevelt's idea of "Four Policemen" - the United States, the Soviet Union, Britain and China - to police the postwar world. Later, on Churchill's suggestion France was brought in as "Fifth Policeman". The Big Five made up the Security Council with the right to veto on all issues that come before it. The power to veto was considered essential for there could be no "peace" in the postwar world if the Big Five did not agree. The acquisition of veto power by the organization's five most powerful member states, for all practical purposes, reduced the 184 non-veto members into a mere polyglot body of impotence, called General Assembly. 

The United Nations Security Council, a totally undemocratic body, is composed of a privileged group of five countries with colonial and imperial past. Czarist Russia was known as the "prison house of nations" as it brutally and autocratically ruled over many peoples, including Georgians, Azerbaijanis and Turkic peoples. Imperialist China, through invasion and occupation, brought Tibet, Xinjiang, Mongolia, Manchuria and Taiwan under its jurisdiction. France and Great Britain exploited and ruled over many colonies all over the world. U.S. may not have occupied colonies in the manner of France and Britain, but it rules the world, like empires of the past, with its most extensive system of military bases.

Stalin's declaration shortly after the war, that "no peaceful international order is possible" between the communists and the capitalist-imperial world, and Churchill's famous "iron curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri set off the cold war. For the next four decades exchange of nasty barbs and fiery words between the diplomats of east and West characterized the world forum. The U.N., during the East versus West conflict, was powerless to bend any of the two superpowers or their client states to its will. Soviet invasion of Hungary and Afghanistan; American invasion of Vietnam, and recently Iraq; India's (an erstwhile Soviet client state) seizure of Portuguese enclave of Goa, Israel's (an American client state) flagrant violation of every U.N. resolution, are just a few blaring example of the United Nations' inability to contain the members of the Veto Club or their client states. 

The Security Council effectively serves the five economically and militarily powerful nations to dictate and perpetuate the dominance over the less powerful countries, fomenting serious global crises. The power of veto did much, as intended, to ensure that general memberships would never unpleasantly surprise the "Big Brothers" by a show of unity and tenacity that would bind them to the lofty principles of the U.N. charter.

With the fall of the Berlin wall, the most conspicuous of all symbols of the cold war, in November 1989, comes the end of the East-West conflict. The death of the cold war resurrected the age old West's animosity towards Arabs and Muslims. Islam replaced communism as the principal adversary of Western liberal democracy. The hostility that was, to some degree, calmed by the presence of the big bear of communism resuscitated into a screeching storm of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim invective. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the unipolarization of the world, a new crusade against Islam and the "Islamic peril" is being wagged on all fronts: news media, academia, State Department, NSC, and the U.N. Security Council. The repressive measures of boycott, sanctions, and embargo, are reserved exclusively for Muslim Nations. The United States and the Great Britain employ the U.N. to impose their ideas on the rest of the world. They found it convenient to declare nations that have not caved in to their pressures "totalitarian" or "rogue states." 

After the bitter experience of the Vietnam War United states came to realize that a unilateral international action is increasingly likely to be condemned abroad and unpopular at home. A military operation under the U.N. flag, rather than the Stars and Stripes, would internationally legitimize the action. Thus, U.N. has been reduced to a law enforcement agency of the U.S. State Department. It has won U.N. not the respect, but the contempt. It lost its credibility and became irrelevant, particularly in the Muslim world. 

In a just and civilized community, crimes of like nature elicit like punishment regardless of the perpetrator. United Nations, under the tutelage of Western power, is free of any such moral restraint. If we look at United Nations' retributive actions we would find an invariable pattern of categorical prejudice against Muslim countries. 

In 1988, an American airliner was sabotaged over Lockerbie Scotland; blame went to Libya. Gadhafi's refusal to hand over the two alleged suspects in the bombing, on the terms dictated by a country whose only justification is its power, brought the U.N. wrath. A few years later, on some other trumped up charge, American warplanes bombed Gadhafi's residence killing his infant daughter. Compare the U.N. treatment of Lockerbie incident with the American downing of an Iranian airliner in the same year, during the tension in the Persian Gulf, killing more than 300 passengers. U.N. slapped Libya with sanctions, and adopted a complete silence on American downing of Iranian civilian airliner. The silence speaks volume about U.N. dealing fairly and equally with all concerned. 

On 2 August 1990, the United Nations Security Council imposed economic sanctions on Iraq in response to its invasion of Kuwait. The U.N. trade embargo prohibited the import or export of goods or capital into or from Iraq. As a result of the U.N. imposed sanctions, according to former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, about 10,000 Iraqis died each month. In a letter to U.N. Mr. Clark stated, "The history of this violent century does not reveal a more deadly, cruel, inhumane and degrading torture of the whole population of an entire nation inflicted by foreign power for so long a period of time. That a deed is done in the name of the United Nations Security Council demonstrates its cowardly surrender to the will of the United States..." The U.N. Children's Fund estimated that 4,500 Iraqi children perished every month - one every ten minutes - as a direct result of American led U.N. sanctions.

In May 1995, then U.S. representative in the U.N., Madeleine Albright, cheerfully vetoed a Security Council resolution that called on Israel to reverse its decision to expropriate land in East Jerusalem. Ms. Albright is reported saying: "by injecting Council into this issue, this resolution would merely compound the problem." Contrast Ms. Albright's above statement with what she said when asked about the mass killing of the Iraqi children as a result of the Security Council's resolution, she unabashedly said that 500,000 dead Iraqi children were "worth it to enforce the resolutions." 

Iraq's illegal occupation of Kuwait was not any more criminal than the Indian oppression of Kashmir or Israel's occupation of Palestine, Syrian territory or Southern Lebanon. If Iraq's occupation of Kuwait called for the U.N. Sanctions then, in all fairness, India and Israel should have also been subjected to the same punishment for they were guilty of the same crime. With the U.S. backing in the U.N. Security Council, Israel never faced the U.N. embargo for provocating the international will and making mockery of the Security Council resolutions. Using its veto power, the United States has stymied every effort to restrain Israeli violence and violation of international laws.

Today, the Security Council, by imposing sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program, once again, proved that it's not a neutral and an objective body, but a highly politicized and blatantly discriminatory forum where members of the veto club protect themselves and their client states against the U.N. retribution, or block actions for political gains. United Nations in its discriminatory double standard singled out Iran for its nuclear program while completely ignoring any sanction against Israel for its stockpiles of nuclear weapons. The United States and Great Britain will never allow the Israeli nuclear program to U.N. scrutiny; Israel will never face the U.N.'s reprisal for violating more than 60 Security Council resolutions, thanks to the U.S. veto. 

Security Council's bulldoggish manner in implementing resolutions against Muslim countries, and at the same time completely ignoring the other equally valid resolutions against Israel and India, shows its fixed state of mind - consistent discrimination against one set of people - Muslims.

Muslim countries must rethink the United Nations.

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 Abdul-Majid Jaffry is a retired aerospace engineer and a freelance columnist.


  Category: World Affairs
  Topics: United Nations, United States Of America  Channel: Opinion
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Older Comments:
JOHN FROM USA said:
There are countries FULL of Muslims that 'think' themselves a Muslim nation, but there is NO Muslim Country on Planet Earth today.

For a Nation to be considered Muslim it must read past Ayat Ul Kursi to the next Ayat that says:

THERE IS NO COMPULSION IN ISLAM!

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AK FROM US said:
We muslims have lost all our dignity and are content to be hostagaes of the West despite our vast natural resources and wealth (by which we sustain the world!) because we can't be bothered to get out of our comfort zones and we are not willing to sacrifice personal interests for the greater good of the muslim ummah.
We need to collectively boycott the West and single mindedly focus on becoming self reliant and use the tremendous natural resources that Allah has blessed the muslim countires with for our own people and stop supporting the West's luxurious and rampant lifestyle (their so called "Way of Life"). Before long they will come to their senses to realize the importance of muslims amidst them. We muslims should stop being the West's shield if we have any self respect left in us. Muslim "leaders" should stop serving western interests and learn to stand up for their own people and uphold Islamic principles no matter what! Why can't we make laws that will protect our people and not give any liberty to a foreign nation to interfere with any muslim country and its wealth.
Leave the West and their "geniuses" alone to figure out solution for their problems....it will keep them pretty busy!
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RICH MILLER FROM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA said:
I may be an American, but I can certainly understand why muslim countries do not trust the UN or the USA. Such is the history of the world, the rich and powerful rule everyone and everything, regardless of how evil they may be.
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N FROM USA said:
I agree with the article.
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FATIMAH MUHAMMAD FROM CANADA said:
Salam alaikum,
Alhumdulillah. I stated a long time ago that the UN is worthless especially for Muslims. It seems as though there is no respect for the Leader. Whenever Kofi was over the UN he didn't get any respect whatsoever. I knew then that the UN was worthless. Any Muslim country that thinks otherwise is very stupid to me. They definitely aren't doing anything for the Muslims.
I agree with Hall and with a lot of the posts here. The UN should be scraped and the Muslims should have something of their own. Stop depending on these people to help us because they are not. I do not like Mr. Chander but there is something that he says that is true. "Stop talking, grow up and get something of your own!" That is the only way that these people will ever respect the Muslims.
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HALL FROM MALAYSIA said:
Responses to this article is almost non existence from Muslims. Muslims chicken out at the ideas of quitting the UN. Clearly shows how Muslims too dependent to western worlds no matter how badly they are being treated now and then....
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ABSER FROM AUSTRALIA said:
Muslim countries need to be unified under a strong organization among themselves to counter any unjustified security council resulations as will as work hard within the UN system.
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KAM FROM CANADA said:
Persimmon: Everybody knows that Security Council membership muat be expanded to take into consideration present global realities. Why don't you suggest some ideas? Should it be based on wealth, standard of living, population,country's ability to reflect regional interests or human rights record, .... etc.

But please don't bring religion cursed concept as a determining factor .

Kam 18:29
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HILAL SHAH FROM USA said:
I commend Br. Abdul Majid Jaffery for bringging the issue. If I am the Muslim countries, I would not even botherd to be the member of the United Nation even with veto power. United Nations was created to forge imperial agendas of veto power members and nothing else. This organization should be dismantal and sold for scrape
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N.PRESSIMONE FROM USA said:
The 5 Permanent members of the UN Security Council should definitely be enlarged to possibly 7 or 8 nations, the option of an additional alternate may be agreed upon.
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OBSERVER FROM USA said:
Wrath of ALLAH swt on Muslims. We forget ALLAH and Allah fogets us.
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ZAHIR SALAR FROM UNITED STATES said:
Ramesh, don't blame the muslim for their leaders. Most of are puppet of the west anyway. You need to stop watch CNN and Fox news. Read real history. You will see thease so-called Muslim leaders was installed by the west. I guess the truth hurts.
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MAYA V FROM AK said:
Democracy should be implemented in UN with all the countries to have the equal rights. Sad thing is that there are at times big powers even side steps UN itself. World is back to the rule of the wild 'might it right' - so get mighty to have the genuine right in place.
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KELEPHA JAMMEH FROM THE GAMBIA said:
Candidly, this article is one of the best and most accurate analysis of the so-called United Nations' state of affairs.
Indeed, is only a forum organised purposedly by to forment or construct a war on Islam and the Muslims.
It was also formed to reserve repression and to obstruct or deny any progress of Islam and the Muslims.
Then why not squash-off from it and form our own?
It should be simple, we have either have Imaan yakeen or do without but we should not in between.
Anyway that is my opinion and thanks for space of comment.
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RAOUF FROM UK said:
Before airing out the sins of the West, first look at the sins that we have committed. Throughout its long history Muslim civilization has been a source of injustice. The Dhimmi status for Christian and Jews was far from the pluralism enjoyed today in the West. During the Ottoman Empire young Christian children were taken from their mothers and converted to Islam. Doesn't seem fair to me in terms of the mother's sentiments. Also, the Ottomans massacred 1.5 million Armenians during the turn of the last century. Look at the Arab world today, a horrible pit, in which Arabs discriminate against other Arabs because of wealth, education or simply because they come from another Arab country or tribe. Is a Caliphate the answer that will magically solve the problems of the Muslim world, I heavily doubt it, especially when it was the Caliphate that helped support and perpetuate the sins above. Wake up brothers and sisters, the enemy has never been the West, the real enemy lurks within us in the form of arrogance, pride, the unwillingness to forgive and a taste for blood and revenge. May Allah have mercy on us all.
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ROMESH CHANDER FROM USA said:
Problem is very simple. Divisions within muslim countries. You want to think in terms of one ummah but cannot act like one.

So what if UN imposed sanctions on Iraq? Why did Arabs and muslim countries obey the sanctions. Don't blame US or UN; blame yourself. Why did muslim countries not defy US/UN. US & UN are not God.

US veteoed resoution on Israel? So what. Arabs / muslims could not achieve anything anyhow, resolution or no resolution, veto or no veto. If US did not veto, Israel would have ignored the resolution anyhow and what would have muslims have done -- talk / cry themselves to death.

All the author is showing is extreme impotence of the muslim world. Oh, for muslims, it is always easy to blame others for their own problems.

And the quality of responses of the people who post on Islamicity is pathetic, even though they were educated in US.
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OBSERVER FROM US said:
Nothing will help Muslims because they have regressed to their pre-Islamic life - life of bondage to Romans and high caste Hindus or life of primitive tribes of Arabian peninsula, Central Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. All pointers indicate that they will stay in this life for foreseeable future. After all they lived this life for centuries before their Islamicisation.
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