The United Nations General Assembly will be voting on
October 17, 2008 to fill vacancies for the rotating seats on the UN Security
is a candidate, running against Japan
for the seat reserved for the Asian bloc.
is set to take the open African seat, since it is facing no opposition from any
other member state in that region. Mexico is also
running uncontested for the Latin American seat.
is a clear and present danger to international peace and security on multiple
fronts. It would be complete insanity to
reward this terrorist state with a seat on the Security Council, which it
continues to defy to this day.
the African region’s unopposed choice for another rotating seat on the Security
Council, is a different story. It has
managed to overcome its own bloody history and move toward a democratic form of
government. Along with Mexico, it
deserves to be rewarded with a seat on the Security Council.
Fortunately, although Iran has the backing of the powerful
57-member Organization of Islamic Conference and its anti-American allies,
their support of the rogue regime may not be enough to garner the two-thirds
vote of General Assembly members present that is required to win. If Iran
should somehow slip through and beat Japan,
the United States
should do everything possible to challenge its qualifications for the seat.
The primary qualification, according to the UN Charter, is
“contribution…to the maintenance of international peace and security and to the
other purposes of the Organization.” Iran, by
contrast, has proven to be one of the world’s most serious threats to
international peace and security. As the
main source for arms, funding and training to Hezbollah and Hamas, it is a terrorist
sponsoring state. It has threatened to
wipe another member-state – Israel
– off the face of the earth. In fact,
Iranian President Ahmadinejad vowed
to keep supporting the terrorist group Hamas until the "collapse" of Israel. And last, but certainly not least, Iran is a serial violator of
Security Council resolutions condemning its nuclear enrichment program. While Iran continues its nuclear
enrichment activities in defiance of the Security Council, it is by definition
ineligible for membership and cannot be allowed to undermine the Security
Council from within.
To demonstrate just how out of touch with reality the Iranian regime has
become, Mohamed Khaza'e, Tehran's
top envoy at the UN, said last month that Japan "does not play a
significant role in international and political affairs" and should step
in fact, is the second largest contributor to the United Nations’ budget after
the United States. Japan
also demonstrates a clear commitment to international peace and security as
well as to human rights, in contrast to Iran’s appalling record.
has descended into a psychotic delusional state that belongs nowhere near the
Security Council, Uganda
is an entirely different story. It has
progressed from the dark days of Idi Amin's eight-year rule during the 1970’s,
when more than 100,000 Ugandans were murdered, to the adoption of a multiparty
system of government and the subsequent inclusion of opposition parties in
elections and government. In February
2006, the country held its first multiparty general elections in twenty years.
The election generally reflected the will of the people. The current government has largely put an end
to the human rights abuses of earlier governments, initiated substantial
economic liberalization and general press freedom, and instituted economic
reforms in accord with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and donor
is also a strong supporter of the global war against terrorism. It knows first hand the devastation caused by
a fanatical terrorist cult known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, whose members
have raped and mutilated tens of thousands of civilians in Uganda and
forcibly recruited an estimated 20,000 children to act as soldiers and sex
slaves. The Lord’s Resistance Army has
spread its terror to the Congo,
Sudan and the Central African Republic.
A country like Uganda that is fighting terrorism,
has emerged from its bloody period and is consolidating peace through the
electoral process deserves a seat on the Security Council.
The trouble with current ‘reform’ efforts for increased and
more ‘equitable’ representation in the Security Council being pushed by the
socialist president of the General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, is that
he never mentions any reasonable standards for membership. Irresponsible countries like Iran are just as welcome in his eyes as
countries that are trying to turn themselves around, like Uganda. When coupled with calls for eliminating the
veto power of the five permanent members, it is a bit like giving little children
matches to play with. Opening up more
seats without any standards or veto check will enable the newly minted
irresponsible members to burn the Security Council down, much as they have done
to the UN Human Rights Council.
For those who believe that reform of the Security Council is
overdue, here are a couple of modest suggestions. Expand the non-permanent, rotating membership
by admitting five more democracies. Israel, which
has never had a seat on the Security Council despite being a constant target of
baseless attacks by Islamic members who are regularly represented, should be
one of the first countries added to the expanded membership. Regional balancing of membership should be
sharply curtailed in favor of merit-based selection. No authoritarian regimes that either threaten
their neighbors or support terrorism in any way should be considered eligible
for Security Council membership. The
veto power of the current five permanent members should be strengthened to
include the right to veto the seating of any such authoritarian states.
Since these suggestions would be dead on arrival at
d’Escoto’s General Assembly committees dealing with Security Council ‘reform’,
it is better to maintain the status quo. We also must do everything possible to keep Iran off the
Security Council, even if it means withdrawing all financial support from the
United Nations to make our point.