Should the US Leave the UN?


The UN is pathetic.  There is no denying that this organization is weak and powerless.  Their members do not even abide by the rules set in place, most importantly pertaining to human rights.  Human rights may be the most important overall topic in today’s world and throughout history as a whole.

A bill called the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017 was introduced by congressman, Mike Rodgers, in early January, this year.  The bill repeals the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and other specified related laws.  More simply, this bill would remove the US’s funding and membership from the UN. Rodgers strongly urges President Trump to go through with the bill claiming that “The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and get out of the United Nations.” This is not the first time something like this has been proposed.

I personally believe the UN to be nothing but a powerless organization that has nothing but good intentions but never follows through with action.  The whole association acts as a pushover to many groups who promote evil like terrorists for example.

Saudi Arabia was recently re-elected to a seat on the human rights council (UNHRC).  Saudi Arabia is now permitted to vote on problems that arise through human rights. This is a nation that does not treat women equally, there is no freedom of speech, where if one were to speak out against the government, they would face the possibility of prison or in some cases death.  The UN came to a resolution with Iran to discontinue all work regarding ballistic missiles that could potentially create nuclear weapons.  However, Iran completely disregarded this and continued creating ballistic missiles.  Iran, with the help of Russia claimed that this act did not violate the resolution.  Nations like Saudi Arabia and Iran are making a mockery of the UN by going completely against what the UN was set in place to do and it’s all happening right in front of their eyes.

The list goes on and China is among them. Again, the UN has allowed China to voice their opinion on human rights issues where brutal oppression of ethnic minorities is taking place, mainly the Tibetans.  Another nation, the United Arab Emirates is known for prohibiting freedom of speech and allowing the illegal torturing of detainees.  In some cases, people who speak out against the government “disappear” and are most likely killed.  What is the point of having an organization when the members have practices that contradict what is trying to be achieved?

Then there is the long history of the UN being completely useless when genocide is present.  The Bosnian genocide happened in the early 90s where the perpetrators, Bosnian-Serb forces contributed to the mass murder of Bosnian Muslims and Croatians resulting in 100,000 deaths.  Where exactly was the UN when all this happened?  Sure, they were there at the time but their presence had no bearing on the outcome.  Their military has proven to be a joke.  The UN had absolutely no impact in protecting the 800,000 Tutsis that were slaughtered in the Rwanda Genocide.  Isn’t that what the UN was set out to do? To never let anything like the Holocaust happen ever again.  Yet, here we are.

I propose that the US either leave or reform the UN altogether in a major way because it has not been successful in what it has tried to accomplish thus far. Reformation would be the best option because there won’t be as many global relations damaged over an exit by the US.  Why should American tax dollars go toward an organization that indirectly encourages the evil powers of the world to commit more crimes.  As shown, these powers have used their spot in the UN as a way to hide countless violations on human rights.  One of these two options needs to happen if the world has any chance of becoming a better place.