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Friday, June 24, 2016

Will the UN be next?

I can't help but wonder what would happen if membership in the United Nations were brought to a democratic vote in its member countries. Here's some (prescient?) thoughts on that question by Judi McLeod in the Canadian Free Press (well, at least for now it's free, but the Trudeau government might have something to say about that).
“Today, the sun has risen on an independent Britain, and look at it, even the weather has improved,” announced Nigel Farage from the steps of Westminster after the result was confirmed.
And the sun, which replaces the artificial one on Obama’s logo, is rising in America too.  Obama, who likely has the leadership of the UN in his sights with the end of his term in January 2017, was all but totally ignored by pro-Brexit voters.
Obama and his teleprompter can’t possibly walk back the unasked for advice he pushed on British voters to “stay” warning them they would be at the “back of the queue” in trade with the U.S.
The toffs at the EU, mostly unknown by the people they profess to serve, but who are lavishly paid, may rule the roost in other European countries, but after today’s vote of the people—no more in England.
The UN, which has the same unearned status from its ever sprawling headquarters in Manhattan, should be feeling the chill.
Shout it from the rooftops: The status quo was historically toppled for independence in Britain.
If it can happen there, it can happen in America.
In Israel, where we have systematically ignored the UN for as long as anyone can remember, voters may be too afraid to withdraw from it. After all, we are the lone sheep among all the lions, and we are still a small country, who can be hurt by the nations of the world in other ways, even if the UN's obsession with the 'Palestinians' also hurts us.

But the United States? That might be a different story.

I'm in Boston for those who have forgotten, and that's why I'm posting after Shabbat started in Israel. In case I don't get to post again, Shabbat Shalom to all of you. 

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At 12:37 PM, Blogger NancyB said...

My secret fantasy is that the US will dump the UN!I love the idea of putting on the ballot.

At 6:06 AM, Blogger sheldan said...

We can only hope that some countries will try a referendum on the UN. It's unfortunate that a well-intentioned organization deteriorated into a totally useless body that does not even come close to making the world more peaceful (don't get me started on its treatment of Israel--that is a topic by itself).


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