By Jack Kinsella
According to a new poll commissioned by the BBC, international support for tough sanctions and/or military action is falling like a stone. In a 2006 survey, more than 35 percent in 14 of 21 countries polled supported taking military action against Iran over its defiance of calls by the UN and the international community to stop enriching uranium. In 2008, the number of countries in which 35 percent or more favored military action dropped to nine. According to the poll, the majority of those polled favored allowing Iran's nuclear program to go forward under UN supervision.
This is one of those really perplexing polls, in that it begs the question, "Why?" Why trust the UN? I mean, really. The UN has failed spectacularly in virtually every international effort it has undertaken. Those that were not abject failures were spun to appear successful. More than a half century after the UN went to war with North Korea, the regime is still in place, with no peace treaty ever executed.
The place names for UN failures are legion; Bosnia-Hercegovina, Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, Afghanistan; the list is almost as long as the UN's membership rolls.
I Googled "spectacular UN failures" and got page after page of examples. Then I Googled "spectacular UN successes" and the first story that came up on the topic was a BBC story:
"The UN's success in the 1990s was very mixed. Peacekeeping missions were a success in Namibia, Mozambique, and El Salvador and, at least partially, in Cambodia.
But the UN's operations in Bosnia, Rwanda and Somalia were often a disaster, failing to stand up to and prevent appalling massacres, amounting in Bosnia and Rwanda to genocide."
Without boring you with endless pages of detail, let me just say that if Namibia, Mozambique and El Salvador were examples of "spectacular UN successes" we need a redefinition for both the words 'spectacular' and 'success'.
They are NOT synonyms for 'dismal' and 'failure'.
The United Nations International Atomic Energy Administration is charged with the enforcement of the 1968 UN Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Its purpose is to oversee, anticipate and prevent the development of nuclear weapons by non-nuclear member states.
On the IAEA's watch, Pakistan, India, South Africa and North Korea all managed to develop nuclear weapons programs The IAEA was unable to conclusively determine the extent of Iraq's nuclear weapons development program, predicating a pre-emptive war to make sure. Kim Jong il was able to enrich uranium and develop its own nuclear arsenal despite the best efforts by the UN to contain, restrict and prevent North Korea from becoming nuclear.
Let's be clear: The UN failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons even though a state of war still exists between Pyongyang and the Beast on the East River.
Trusting the UN with Iran's nuclear program is like watching the movie "Old Yeller" over and over again, hoping that this time, young Travis won't have to shoot the dog.
If doing the same thing over and over again, each time expecting different results, is a definition for 'insanity" then the BBC poll is a snapshot of a world gone mad.
Iran's fingerprints are all over virtually every hot spot and major terror attack in living memory, from the Embassy takeover in 1979 to the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983, to the Khobar Towers bombing in 1998, to the most recent IED attack to take place in Iraq .
Iran is the principle supporter of Hezbollah, (which ranks second only to al-Qaeda in terms of shedding American blood) and Iranian operatives have been proved to have been providing money, training and support to Hamas in Gaza.
Iran's leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is a devotee of the Shi'ite 12th Imam, and he believes it is his religious duty to start a world-wide religious war against the infidel Dar al Harb (Zone of War). Ahmadinejad believes that once he starts that war, the Mahdi will rise from his hiding place, assume the leadership of Dar al Islam (Zone of Islam) and lead the Muslim hordes to victory over the infidel world. The conquest of the infidel world, he believes, will usher in the Islamic "Millennial Kingdom" of peace and prosperity under Islamic rule.
None of this is a secret. Not the UN's dismal record of failure, or Ahmadinejad's religious-inspired aspirations for war. The majority of the UN member states are Islamic -- they know precisely what Ahmadinejad's theological motives and goals are.
So too, do the majority of those polled by the BBC who prefer to allow the UN to deal with Iran.
Why in the world would they take such a chance? Spiritual blindness.
The Bible calls Satan the 'prince and power of the air' and 'the god of this world.' At no time in history is that description more clear than in this generation. Prior to this generation, there was but one meaning for 'the air' -- the atmosphere that surrounds us. Until the FCC issued its first network licenses in 1948, specifically to regulate the "air waves" -- and redefining the concept of the 'power of the air'. In this generation, whoever controls 'the air' controls the population.
Until the creation of the United Nations, there was no unified 'world' that Satan could claim as his 'kingdom'. Sixty years later, it is ALL his, with two notable exceptions. Exceptions that SCREAM at him -- and by extension, his subjects.
Those two exceptions are the United States, which explicitly acknowledges it its Constitution the supremacy of the Creator and enjoys the reputation as 'the world's most Christian nation'. And Israel, which claims the authority for its existence was granted specifically by God.
"If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." (John `5:19)
So it is no coincidence that they are also the two most-hated nations on earth. But in this curse, one also finds a blessing.
"Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets." (Luke 6:22-23)
So, as bad as things look, rejoice, my brothers and sisters!
"For when these things BEGIN to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)
Mar 19, 2008
By Jack Kinsella