By the grace of God, we’ve finally reached 2017, and . This time of year, many will find themselves buying new gym memberships, frantically cleaning their homes, or reading up on how to plan their meals better. According to Forbes, over 40% of us will make New Year’s resolutions. Yet by December 31, a mere 8% of those who made such resolutions will have kept them.
In the spirit of the new year, the new Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres urged the General Assembly to “resolve to put peace first.” That’s a nice platitude with which to start off the year.
However, considering that the U.N. just threw Israel under the bus and hit reverse, I’m not sure how seriously we ought to take this.
Since its founding in the 1940s, we’ve been nothing more to the U.N. than its creator and sustainer. Out of nearly 200 member countries, we fund about 22% of the total budget. That’s more than 176 other member nations combined. Plus, the funding we give barely serves any of our interests. Surely some of the funding goes to good causes, but it seems to rarely help us.
Before I’m accused of selfish nationalism: the whole point of our foreign policy is to work with other nations to better serve American interests. Occasionally, those interests will overlap with an ally, which is a good thing. In those cases, we should certainly pursue them. But the fact that we spend $8 billion to hold hands with the leaders of corrupt dictatorships like Venezuela or North Korea is outrageous.
To borrow a line from Jonah Goldberg at National Review, as long North Korea has a seat at the table, the U.N. “has all the moral force of a wet fart as far as I’m concerned.” The U.N. is in no place to pursue peace as long as they give dictators and despots a say in the General Assembly.
With any luck, the new administration will set a resolution of its own–actually increasing peace in our time by holding the U.N. accountable for its disgraceful actions.