More than a decade ago we starkly reported on the difference between the real United Nations and its claim to be the world’s moral conscience.  We were not especially kind.  But then, why should we have been?  The UN has always been a monster; a collection of vile regimes with a handful of democracies sprinkled among them, dedicated to and created expressly for the purpose of advancing the twin notions of a “one world government” and a soft-leftist utopia.  It is a foul and corrupt organization that serves little purpose except to provide a veneer for actions that American presidents are too timid to take on their own and to advance the wants and desires of the world’s political brutes.  In June of 2004, we put it this way:

An old man from North Carolina suffers several years of declining health, his resolve weakens, he is bamboozled into believing men whom he would once have recognized as liars, he abandons a lonely position of principle, and finally retires from his job in Washington, D.C., and all over the earth, from large cites to the most remote corners, corrupt and licentious men smile without knowing why and children cry out restlessly in their sleep.

Far fetched?  Well maybe, but in my opinion the link between these two events is a lot closer than the one between the butterfly and the tornado, or the persimmon eater and the tinker.  In fact, it is similar to another variation on the same theme . . . called the “flower in the crannied wall theory” and described it as follows:

So I plucked the flower out of its cranny and discovered an astonishing botanical fact.  I discovered that its delicate little root, with many loops and kinks, ran all the way to New York City, where it tapped the lush dung heap called the Madison Corporation.  The flower in the cranny was the Southern Belle Fuel Company.  So I plucked another little flower called the American Electric Power Company, and discovered that its delicate little root tapped the same dung heap.

You see, the plucked flower in my story was a U.S. Senator from North Carolina named Jesse Helms, who was also linked to a dung heap in New York, only this one was called the United Nations, and Helm’s connection to it was antagonistic, not symbiotic.  In fact, he was the only politician in the world who had the courage to carry on a principled fight year after year against the accumulation of power by the United Nations.  And when his health failed, followed by his retirement, the world was left with no one to lead the fight to force even a modicum of responsibility and accountability on this global centerpiece for sleaze and corruption.

Really . . . where do you get this stuff?  Well, you can begin by reading the following from an article in the Jerusalem Post dated May 18, 2004 by Mark Steyn entitled “UN Fetish.”

Is the UN good?  Well, I’m not sure I’d even say that.  But if you object to what’s going on in those Abu Ghraib pictures – the sexual humiliation of prisoners and their conscription as a vast army of extras in their guards’ porno fantasies – then you might want to think twice about handing over Iraq to the UN.

In Eritrea, the government recently accused the UN mission of, among other offences, pedophilia.  In Cambodia, UN troops fueled an explosion of child prostitutes and AIDS.  Amnesty International reports that the UN mission in Kosovo has presided over a massive expansion of the sex trade, with girls as young as 11 being lured from Moldova and Bulgaria to service international peacekeepers.

In Bosnia, where the sex-slave trade barely existed before the UN showed up in 1995, there are now hundreds of brothels with underage girls living as captives.  The 2002 Save the Children report on the UN’s cover-up of the sex-for-food scandal in West Africa provides grim details of peacekeepers’ demanding sexual favors from children as young as four in exchange for biscuits and cake powder.  “What is particularly shocking and appalling is that those people who ought to be there protecting the local population have actually become perpetrators,” said Steve Crawshaw, the director of Human Rights Watch.

And then, if you like, you can “Google” the leads provided by Steyn and find a plethora of details and support for his accusations, scores more than I can fit into these pages.  One example is an article in The Guardian dated February 28, 2002 entitled “Agencies hid scandal of aid workers who bought child sex with food,” from which the following is excerpted.

The report (made for UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Save the Children UK) says UN peacekeepers sexually exploited very young girls in refugee camps in West Africa, making them pose naked for pictures in exchange for biscuits, cake powder and other food.  They are also accused of pooling money so that groups of them could have sex with the same girl . . .

Sexual exploitation was defined by children as “when them big man go loving with small girl for money.  Them big men can go loving to small girls, they can call girl when she walking along the road and then the girl go and they go in house and lock the door.  And when the big man has done his business he will give the small girl money or gift.”

The majority of children said they knew of at least one child who exchanged sex for money or gifts.  Most were aged between 13 and 18 but some were younger and girls aged four to 12 had reported sexual harassment.  Most of the allegations involved male staff recruited within the country trading for sex with oil, bulgur wheat, tarpaulin, medicines, transport, ration cards, loans, education courses, skills training and other goods.  A girl in Liberia said: “It’s difficult to escape those NGO people; they use the food as bait to get you to sex with them.”

Or this report about a Danish documentary put out in August 2000.

A hard-hitting Danish television documentary on the UN peacekeeping mission to Cambodia in 1992 accuses the world body of having introduced AIDS to the southeast Asian country, which today has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the region.  “And Then Came the UN” also shows how UN peacekeepers fathered and left behind untold numbers of children, who are now teased & bullied by other youngsters for being of mixed race.

Currently airing in Europe, the documentary reveals for the first time the full extent of the seedy side of the UN Transition Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), challenging years of UN statements that the mission was one of the most successful ever and worth its US$3- billion cost.  Coincidentally, the claims of success are expected to be repeated today in a comprehensive UN report on lessons learned from acknowledged peacekeeping debacles in Rwanda, Somalia, Bosnia, Angola and, most recently, Sierra Leone.

But Yasushi Akashi, UNTAC’s chief in New York, replied that “Boys will be boys,” the documentary reports.  “He told people, ‘Everybody has the right, even the soldiers, to enjoy the young ladies, and we cannot discriminate the HIV- positive soldiers,’ “says Beat Richner, a Swiss doctor who still operates 3 children’s hospitals in Cambodia.  But he adds that the world body’s failure to control its troops was like “passive genocide.”

Sadly, on and on it goes. . . .

We were reminded of that old “dung heap” story this week for a couple of reasons.  The first was Benny Avni’s New York Post column in which he reported that President Obama is set to have his UN ambassador become the first in memory to condemn her own country’s policies before the UN.  Avni reports:

President Obama may soon let the United Nations slap his own country for its Cuba embargo, which he dislikes. . . Monday, Cuban President Raul Castro insisted in his UN speech that all of America’s decades-old economic sanctions against Cuba be lifted.  Actually, Obama did, too.  And Obama’s objections to US Cuba policy came in the context of yet more complaints about America by the president — with the world spotlight on him.

Once Obama’s new and improved ties to Cuba start to yield results, he said, “I’m confident” Congress will lift “an embargo that should not be in place anymore.”  It was the most enthusiastically applauded line of his UN speech. . . Fine.  But for now, sanctions remain intact.  And the world stage is not a place for an American leader to play out his domestic political agenda.

Castro told Obama “the pace of the normalization process will depend on lifting of the embargo,” according to Rodriguez.  Therefore, he added, Cuba will present its annual America-bashing resolution at the General Assembly in a few weeks.  “We’ll continue to present this resolution as long as the blockade persists,” he said.  He even demanded compensation for Cuba’s suffering under the embargo.

Rodriguez referred to a resolution Cuba’s initiated at the Havana-friendly General Assembly every year since President John F. Kennedy established the embargo.  In recent years, America found itself increasingly isolated, as all our allies, including Britain and the rest of Europe, joined Cuba in condemning us.  Only Israel joined America last year in voting against that resolution.

But this year, our own ambassador reportedly might abstain from the vote.  Senior American officials have so far declined to deny those reports, suggesting they may indeed be true.  No UN diplomats can remember a case in which a country voted against its own policies, or abstained on them.

But then, we’ll wager that no UN diplomats can remember an American president like Barack Obama either.

The second and perhaps more notable reason we thought of the old dung heap was the following bit, reported yesterday by the Associated Press:

A former president of the United Nations General Assembly turned the world body into a “platform for profit” by accepting over $1 million in bribes from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments, a prosecutor charged Tuesday as he said still others may be arrested.

John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda who served in the largely ceremonial post as head of the 193-nation assembly from September 2013 to September 2014, faces tax fraud charges in what authorities call a conspiracy with five others, including Francis Lorenzo, a deputy U.N. ambassador from the Dominican Republic who lives in the Bronx.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara repeatedly noted that it was early in the investigation and told reporters that as it proceeds: “We will be asking: Is bribery business as usual at the U.N.?”

He added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see other people charged.”

The United Nations, a haven for America-bashers, utopian leftists, and criminals.  Who didn’t know?