Much has been made of the report that Obama administration is making to the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights, that essentially accuses the State of Arizona of being a human rights abuser, at one with Iran, Cuba, and Burma.
But Claudia Rosett sees something more cynical in the Obama administration’s new found love for the UN and the possibilities of using the world body as an instrument for shaping domestic policy. It is bad enough that Arizona is now going to be reviewed by a Human Rights Council that includes Cuba and Libya, countries that are certainly familiar with human rights violations. It seems that the Obama administration will now seek validation from the UN for its own domestic agenda.
“After an opening bit of lip service to ‘individual freedoms,’ the report, along with lambasting Arizona’s immigration law, goes on to laud ObamaCare as making “great strides” for human rights–never mind that a majority of Americans did not want this regulatory Godzilla of a partisan health care bill. There is a laundry list of new affirmative action quotas, targeted federal grants, and pursuit of ‘freedom from want’ via ‘social benefits’ in which redistribution of wealth is required by law. And there are such items as a reprise of the case cited by Obama in his 2009 Cairo speech, in which the U.S. Justice Department defended the right of a Muslim girl to wear a head covering, or hijab. (This last is presumably to curry favor with Islamic countries, despite the reality that human rights violations in these places tend to involve the punishment of women who prefer not to wear the veil, or, in the case of Saudi Arabia, the full-body abaya).”
The Bush administration quite wisely avoided the UN as much as possible, concluding that the world body was hopelessly corrupt, run by despots, and basically a force for tyranny, terrorism, and turmoil. The Obama administration seems to have embraced the UN, not only out of a fetish for internationalism, but also because it thinks it serves a useful purpose for advancing its domestic agenda.
If the mild anti immigration law in Arizona, which mirrors federal law, can be found to violate human rights by the United Nations, then it can be seen as all the more illegitimate. If affirmative action programs being pursued by the Obama administration can get the UN seal of approval, then they become all the more potent.
Of course the problem is that most Americans follow the Bush view of the UN, as a cockpit of anti American and anti Western agitation. At best, the United States can send pugnacious ambassadors to the UN like Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Jean Kirkpatrick, or John Bolton to confront the tyrants and terrorists who comprise the world body and uphold American values. At worse, like the Obama administration, the United States can grovel and appease, with the current twist of using the UN as a weapon against domestic opponents. It is at once cynical and craven, one more indictment against the Obama regime.
Source: Internationalism Run Amok, Claudia Rosett, Forbes, September 3rd, 2010