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Ban Ki-moon: A Record of Failure and Betrayal - by Stephen Lendman

Ban Ki-moon is an imperial tool, not a legitimate UN leader.

The UN Charter's Preamble states:

"WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

-- to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and

-- to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and

-- to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and

-- to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom...."

The body affirms international support for tolerance, peace and security, and resolve to promote universal economic and social advancement.

However, since its 1945 founding, it's failed on all counts, even though some of its agencies (like UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR and UNESCO) at times provide aid in areas of health, education, food assistance, refugees, social development and more. 

It's never enough though, timely, or with resolve to support troubled people adequately in times of need.

Moreover, global wars raged every year post-WW II to the present. The UN's been unable or disinterested in stopping them. One of its fatal flaws is structure, hamstrung by its dominant member, America. It can and does veto measures other member states support, notably when contrary to its imperial interests.

As a result, no action was taken when Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975. Hundreds of thousands were slaughtered in a secretly US-authorized aggression. Its TNI forces were armed, funded and supported by Washington. 

In 1999, it was impotent again after East Timor voted for independence, after which TNI forces attacked and slaughtered thousands more.

During South Africa's border wars and invasion of Namibia in the 1960s and 70s, it was sidelined, as well as during a 36-year Guatemala state-sponsored genocide against its indigenous Mayan majority, following the CIA's ouster of democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz Guzman.

Dozens of other examples reveal a dismal record of failure and betrayal of its high-sounding principles and mandate to enforce them. It didn't earlier or now, including by deploying Blue Helmets as peacekeepers. 

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It's obvious that "they" wouldn't allow anyone to ... by Paul Carline on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 at 8:02:54 AM
Thanks, Stephen!  Yes, the UN is just another... by Ernie Messerschmidt on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 at 8:40:12 AM
Fine big picture work, Mr. Lendman.Treason fills t... by Mike Preston on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 at 12:44:26 PM
Remember that it was the arch-Zionist John Bolton ... by aberamsay on Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 at 3:37:37 PM
Ban Ki-moon is one of the most unpopular character... by Sassanka Samarakkody on Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 9:54:16 AM