The entire process was cynical and manipulative on the part of Barack Obama, John Kerry, Joe Biden, and other anti-Israel officials in the United States government. They engineered the resolution, pressured Security Council members to vote for it, and then abstained from voting. All the other members voted in favor of it — including the UK and Russia, mind you — so the resolution passed unanimously.
This malicious parting shot by President Obama may eventually have the salutary effect of causing the USA to withdraw from the UN, or at least to defund it. I doubt that was the president’s intention, but it looks like the new Republican Congress — soon to be working under the leadership of President Donald Trump — could be moving in that direction.
The following essay about the festering globalist corruption that is the United Nations was originally published in France. Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this piece from Boulevard Voltaire:
United Nations: the metamorphosis of woodlice
[Translator’s note: Seven paragraphs more or less explain what they mean by this title. If you look up ‘woodlice’, you’ll see they eat dead leaves and vegetable debris, like earthworms, but they are crustaceans, so they don’t have a metamorphosis in their life cycle. The authors of this article clearly failed their biology class!]
Will the year 2017 mark the end of the “spring” and the return to the realpolitik of empires? Seeing the hyperactive panic of the globalist political class, one might believe just that. The narcissistic presidents Obama and Hollande, defeated by Trump’s victory, which destroyed thirty years of globalist work, and above all terrified by the rapidity with which the latter put on the presidential shoes, are reduced to leaving their mark… post-mortem.
With one target: Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Trump. It was enough for Trump to announce his plan to transfer the American embassy to Jerusalem to make a rabbit to jump out of the United Nations’ hat: Resolution 2334, passed without an American veto, makes Israeli settlements outside the borders Of 1967 — before the Six-Day War — illegitimate.
And [former UN Ambassador John] Bolton added: “Contrary to what Obama says, it is the end of the ‘two-state solution’… which basically cannot work” (Newsmax, 28 December).
The visceral reaction of the Jewish community… on Jerusalem. The eastern part of the city (known as the Jewish quarter) had been occupied by the Arab legion during the 1948 war, its population expelled. The “reconquest” of 1967 is now null and void.
And the fury of the Jews is directed at President Obama, to whom Bolton ascribes a “denial of Israeli as much as American exceptionalism.”
That’s not all. Obama and Holland are organizing, along with 70 states (but without Israel), the Paris conference of January 15 (five days before the swearing-in of President Donald Trump) which, in Netanyahu’s opinion, is only a trick to get out a new-broom resolution that would supplement last week’s (2334) resolution to perpetually tie the hands of the new Trump administration. A first…
This last start, this metamorphosis of the losers, is above all an act of faith in the role of the “drones” of the world, those unelected luxury cartels who deify the concepts of “international community” to the detriment of sovereignty… and peace.
The problem: Trump, Netanyahu, Putin, Farage, Orbán, Erdoğan, Xi Jinping, Rohani, etc., multiply on the planet, managing their problems directly, without the viziers of globalism. And John Kerry will have to put his “Israeli-Palestinian solution” back in his pocket… and regret that the Ottoman and Persian Empires are no longer there to manage the puppet states of the Middle East, non-viable as much as unlivable.
Obama will have succeeded in one thing: making the UN insignificant. As for its cost: American taxpayers pay about $8 billion annually (approximately 23% of the total budget) for a piece of international cheese whose operating costs exceed 30% of those of an equivalent government bureaucracy (source: Fox News).
It’s time for Trump to transform the UN into luxury apartments…
Note: The design for the header graphic was conceived by Vlad Tepes.
Read more at Gates of Vienna.