First UNESCO, then what?
U.S. delegation at the UNESCO proceedings.
October 31st, 2011
04:39 PM ET

First UNESCO, then what?

Editor's Note: Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth is President of the United Nations Foundation.

By Timothy Wirth, U.N. Dispatch

As the eyes of the world are focused on the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations in New York, another troubling chapter is unfolding in Paris. The United States is on the brink of abandoning its decades-long leadership in several international organizations – a process that will fundamentally undermine American national security and economic interests.

At issue are two laws from the early 1990s that prohibit the United States from providing financial contributions to any United Nations entity that admits Palestine as a member. The laws are strict: if Palestine is admitted to a U.N. agency, the United States must stop paying its membership dues. The restrictions provide no authority for the president to waive these prohibitions even if it is in the national interest to do so.

With a clear majority of countries around the world prepared to back Palestinian ambitions at the United Nations, the United States is poised to lose its leverage over several U.N. bodies that advance American interests and promote our ideals.

The damage to Americans of a forced withdrawal would not stop there. The first U.N. agency from which the United States could be pushed out is UNESCO, which admitted Palestine as a member today. To Americans, UNESCO is best known for designating World Heritage Sites. It also leads global efforts to bring clean water to the poor, promotes educational and curriculum building in the developing world, and manages a tsunami early warning system in the Pacific, among other important tasks. This critical work would be jeopardized if UNESCO’s top funder stops paying its bills.

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The immediate damage would not be limited to UNESCO. The moment Palestine is admitted to UNESCO it will also clear the path for its entry to the World Intellectual Property Organization. This is a lesser known U.N. agency that serves American businesses and brands by setting global standards for copyrights and adjudicating cross border patent disputes.  In the last year alone, dozens of major American companies brought cases before WIPO — the American Automobile Association, Apple, The North Face, Costco and Facebook to name just a few.  If Palestine joins WIPO, the United States will have to pull out, limiting its ability to steer policies in ways that advance American economic interests and create jobs here at home.

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The damage would not stop there. The membership of U.N. agencies like the International Civil Aviation Organization, International Postal Union, and the International Telecommunications Union are also likely to admit Palestine.  Each of these agencies performs tasks that American lawmakers probably take for granted. Thanks to the Universal Postal Union, the Chinese will deliver a package with American postage stamps on it and vice versa. Air traffic controllers in Dubai and Dulles speak the same language because of the International Civil Aviation Organization.  Alas, under the 1990s laws, the USA will lose its voice at those organizations once they admit Palestine. Without the United States as a voting participant, perhaps French supplants English as common language of international aviation?

Next on the list of agencies from which the USA would be forced to withdraw is the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization. In recent years the IAEA has been a critical part of American attempts to constrain the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea. In 2006, the Bush administration successfully lobbied other members of the IAEA executive board to refer Iran’s nuclear program to the Security Council for sanctions. Should the United States stop paying membership dues to the IAEA–which it could be forced to do under current legislation if Palestine is admitted as a member — the United States would give up our vote on the executive board. It would literally lose a seat at the table during the next nuclear crisis.

The WHO works closely with the United States–particularly the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — to keep infectious diseases like the Avian Flu from reaching our shores. If the Palestinians are admitted to the WHO, that cooperation would have to stop under the current law.

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Should the U.S. pull out of these organizations; it is not as if these organizations would stop functioning altogether. Rather, an agency like IAEA may have to reduce the number of nuclear inspectors it deploys around the world. Other countries, maybe even America’s global rivals, will step into fill the leadership void left by the United States.

As long as these laws remain on the books, Congress is setting the stage for America’s waning influence over international affairs.  From businesses interests to non-governmental organizations who care about America’s influence at the U.N., everyone must take a stand and urge Congress to give the President the flexible authority needed protect our national security and economic interests.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of Timothy Worth. For more views on the United Nations, visit U.N. Dispatch.


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  1. Publius

    So now we shoot ourselves in our economic feet for Israel.

    Any Representative or Senator who fails to immediately vote to repeal those laws and save American jobs is a TRAITOR.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      It's more like Israel is the point man in any Arab conflict. They are up close and personal with people who want to kill us, in case you forgot 9/11. More over, the UN still doesn't recognize Israel, yet it is a functioning democracy that has contributed to the sciences, engineering, and the arts.

      The Palestinians take hostages, send bombs into night clubs, and would kill us if they got a chance. I dont see too many Americans vacationing there. Do you?

      October 31, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Dewayne

        The reality is, there has to be some give and take in the process. Folks have been saying for too long that we need a two-state solution, maybe this will force everyone's hand. Stop talking, start getting something done. Palestinian terrorists are wrong for killing innocents, and Israel is wrong for blockades that do nothing but hold human beings hostage.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
      • Sam

        At least 6,430 Palestinians and 1,084 Israelis
        have been killed since September 29, 2000.

        I recommend to visit this site :

        http://www.ifamericaknew.org/stats/deaths.html

        November 2, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • john in vermont

      Repeal? What at the behest of Hamas and Palestine? Let the UN go find money elsewhere, we contribute far too much anyway and we can use that money here at home.

      October 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply
      • Jimmy TwoFeet

        You guys are all missing the point of this article! Its NOT just UNESCO that matters, it is many other UN agencies–that will soon follow the suit and admit Palestine–monitor everything from nuclear reactors to the next wave of diseases from overseas. One flight of swine flu or next generation of a spreading virus that comes hidden in your bananas or cabbage may cost the US hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. What about a rouge nation going nuclear quietly...may cause so much more damage to American interests? US is slowly loosing it's dominant power in the world, and there is no denying of that, but ignorant, rushed-in decisions like these will only hasten the process. America, pull yourself together, educate yourself and try to understand what is going on out there... lobbyists, bankers, stupid wars and blind partnerships have dragged this beautiful country down! People, pull your head out of the sand and see what is going on out there... read, watch and think! Not just who you agree with, but especially to the views of others. World is awakening, don't let US be on the wrong side of history! We certainly can not afford it anymore.

        November 1, 2011 at 1:24 am |
      • Kate De Braose

        Yes, it would be a big bite out of the economy, if the US actually paid that money. They do not actually fork over the money to the UN.
        And nobody else in the UN would dare to demand it.

        As usual, our business-promoting representatives speak loudly and wield a very big stick- the US Armed Forces.

        November 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Bob Walker

      Dear Publius:

      Unfortunately, our feet seem to be nearly completely numb. How did that happen?

      Yes, a few TREASON convictions for dereliction of Congressional duties might straighten things out a bit on the hill.

      I just don't think our politicians have enough skin in the game (no Tony Weiner jokes, pulease).

      October 31, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  2. Tiger73

    The United States should cut off all funding for UNESCO immediately. The nations that voted for this ill–conceived resolution have revealed their anti-Semitism. Hitler would have been very proud of them. Remember that the United Nations was founded, in large part, in order to prevent another Holocaust. The Palestinian Authority has vowed to make their land free of any and all Jews when (and if) they become a nation. Personally, I was in favor of a two-state solution, but I do not know now. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. Israel is the only country in that area of the world that provides for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom from fear and freedom of assembly.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Dewayne

      You do realize that anti-Semitism can also mean being anti-Arab...right? If this is what it takes to resolve this issue once and for all, so that people of all groups can FINALLY live in peace, then fine. This conflict cannot go on forever, it has to end.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Reply
      • Actually...

        You do realize that anti-Semitism is actually defined as "hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group." Don't make stupid corrections.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
      • shahin

        @ doing the right thing: No, in the literal meaning, anti-semitism can also mean hatred towards arabs. Recently the meaning has shifted to jews as the term anti-arabism came to be. But ethnically, jew and arabs are both semites, thus anti-semitism can literally mean "being against arabs and/or jews".

        October 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
      • Actually actually

        antisemitism can no longer be considered hatred towards hatred. As you said the meaning has shifted, considering it 'literally' is a hypercorrection, that is no longer applicable. Antisemitism is directed towards Jews.

        November 1, 2011 at 12:01 am |
      • Natan

        The term "Anti-semitism" was invented by a German Jew-hater who wanted to come up with a more politically correct term for it. It was never intended to refer to Arabs.

        November 1, 2011 at 10:36 am |
      • Well...

        The nazis tried to cleans what they believed to be genetically defect, alias it was ethnically directed against all semites. The reason for the high profile nature of jew hate compared to anti-arab propaganda was simply because the host countries had a substantial amount of jews among the population and comparatively very few arabs. I can assure you that Nazi Germany didn't spare other semites. The nazis use of the term anti-Semitism was ethnic, not religious in nature.

        November 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Bob Walker

      Please don't start playing that worn-out race-card with me.

      That card is how our stupid laws re Palestinian statehood got carved into virtual stone, and why we have yet another bullet in our feet.

      Have a nice day,

      Bob Walker

      October 31, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • Cranleigh

      So should America take action against all these 'anti-Semitic' countries that voted for this resolution? Where will such madness end?

      November 1, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
    • JT

      Do you still believe this propaganda? Women ride in the back of the bus in Orthodox Jersualem! The Ultra-Orthodox are running Israel. Israel is a corrupt, bigoted apartheid state full of human trafficking, drugs and thieving businessmen. It is not the only democracy in the Middle East – Jordan has freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, elections. Israel is an occupying power who treats the Palestinians brutally and violates Jewish ethics daily. Their continual building of settlements demonstrates they have no interest in peace, and have a plan to complete their ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the West Bank.

      November 2, 2011 at 3:07 am | Reply
  3. Sam Bass

    I believe we should support Isreal. Palestinians support terriorism and should not be allowed. Its time for the US to quit sucking up to many of these foreign countries anyway. Either your with us or against us.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
    • Taking-credit

      Hi George How is your retirement going? Did you start drinking again?

      October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      It's kind of funny the number of people in America that stand up for the Palestinians. These are the same people who killed most of the 1972 (?) Israeli Olympic team. They kidnap people for ransom, and they basically contribute nothing to the world.

      My guess is that anti Semitism is alive and well in the US. That is the only explanation I can think of.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
      • Taking-credit

        Political opposition is not antisemitism. Efforts to make it so is abrasive and counter productive.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
      • Dewayne

        Is that it? Millions of Palestinians and all these "people" are known for is some terrorists who killed Israeli athletes? That's it? They're not human beings, just "trash who contribute nothing to the world...." We've heard that kind of talk of before from various groups against other groups and it never works out well...it's the talk of pure evil.

        October 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
      • Bob Walker

        Todd,

        See my comment earlier in this article about playing the "race card".

        Tacky, wacky and off-topic.

        Have a great day, Bob

        October 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  4. Peikovianii

    Next step is for CNN to broadcast from the Palestinian capital of Jerusalem, with op-ed pieces by Muslim Jihad.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      Now that is comedy.

      October 31, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  5. PeterM

    "Without the United States as a voting participant, perhaps French supplants English as common language of international aviation?"

    Perhaps, but I suggest not. Chinese maybe, but not French.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  6. Doing the right thing.

    We are doing the right thing by taking a stand.

    UNESCO and most of the other UN orgs. benefit other countries for the most part. To suggest that our pilots will be forced to speak French is rediculous and a statement intended to rile up Americans. Interesting that worth said French, not Spanish (knowing our recent history of enjoying French -bashing (remember Freedom Fries?)).

    We are taking a stand for moral clarity. Obama is always being accused of not having convictions, but by witholding the UNESCO money – and other UN money – we are showing that we do have convictions and are willing to stand by them.

    I'm all for foreign aid, but just not for the countries who have made it clear that they do not share our values and who in many cases are in fact hostile to us. Remember, it was the UN who propped up Kadafi for all of those years and are doing the same thing to Syria today – eventhough most decent people can agree that it is a miserable dictatorship run by a homicidal moron who barely made it out of optometry school. If it werent for his father, he would be working at Lens Crafters instead of killing his citizens – but at least the UN will cover him. Same for all of the other trash who think that American's actually care what the UN does.

    We should save our money and use it at home – or save it. The fear that a guy like Tim Worth is trying to put in us might just be a direct result of his own personal fear of loosing his job or his influence at the UN. A bit self-serving and not US-serving if you asked me.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Reply
    • yannick

      You know what...80% of the World voted for Palestine. Meaning they knew very well the consequences and yet they did not give a s*** abt it. Take ur money as u badly need it for ur wall street banker...

      October 31, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Reply
      • Doing the right thing.

        OK. We are taking our money. Enjoy your now meaningless organization. Remember, its not only that 20% of UNESCO money comes from the US, but also most of the intellectual capital (you have probobly heard of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, etc.). You and the rest of "your" world can now do all of your research in those great Arab universities and research centers – Oh, that's right, therre aren't any. It is very sad that a civilization and culture peaked in the 14th Century and now most in the Arab world would seem to want to continue to slide back toward the Middle Ages – and with all of that oil money. You should be embarased.

        November 1, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  7. david

    What a clown! The best example he can find is French supplants English as the language of aviation. Sure!!! The U.S. should not be paying 25% of the budget of any U.N. agency. When was the last time the U.N. did anything to help the U.S.? Can you say Iran, Syria and many others. Let the Chinese and Russian pay!

    October 31, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
    • Dewayne

      Meh, I don't agree with you. The Chinese and the Russians will then have the bully pulpit. They can now control all of the dialouge. Instead of Americans interests being promoted globally, Chinese and Russian interests will be promoted. American companies have done very well because of the use of soft-power by our government. Turning our backs on the world cuts off our noses to spite our faces.

      October 31, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Reply
      • Doing the right thing.

        American prestige and influenced is not derived from the UN or any other organization.

        October 31, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Cranleigh

      In the future, America will need to persuade other nations, not order them around. The UN could be one of many important tools for restraining and modifying Chinese foreign policy.

      November 1, 2011 at 12:30 am | Reply
  8. Gershon

    There really is a simple solution to this problem. Go back to status quo and the funds will keep coming from the U S. Why support unesco with the Palestines a terror state. Shame,shame,shame.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  9. Tonio

    Now the World Health Organization (WHO).
    Congrats. Palestine! You are walking in the right direction now.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  10. Justin H

    Israel are the terrorist, they hold teh Palestinians hostage in a small guarded village-like place. They kill innocent children and individuals with the financial and political backing of the US. I am an American and lve in the US, but I do NOT condone all we support. By us giving up funding of the UN, its a very risky and big mistake. But hey this is what we get. Our government is screwing up bad and basically they have screwed us but its our own fault. We dont get mad and do something about us sending drone attcks on innocent people. We back our government in every stupid move it takes, mainly because we are misinformed by conventional news that are funded by our government. I am happy for Palestine, they actually now have somewhat of a voice, and maybe can stop Israel from massacring them. And for you people that call Palestinians Radicals, your idiots. Number 1, I do not condone suicide bombs nor killing for power or resources (like our country), but you pot 200,000 poeple in a cage like the israelies are doing to them and sure their gonna be made and fight back somehow but that does not mean all of them are terrorists. We have had some of the most fearful serial killers in the US that have killed many innocent people and we are all not terorists. The word "terrorists" was coined by our government not only for people whom bring terror on indiviuals by way of killing, but also to win over the hearts of americans by telling us that Libya or Syria has terrorists and when they send planes there to destroy, we stupidly and inconsideratley back them up.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Reply
  11. Justin H

    And one other thing, if I hear one more time the word "INHUMANE" from one of our news stations promoting the words verbatim from one of our government spokeman I will go crazy. This term is the new reason to either (a.) invade one's country, or (ba) send drone attacks instead so there will be no american soldiers lives at stake. The sad thing is they use this word very very very loosly in which most of the time it is not true and they drone attack innocent people including one was a school bus in Afghan... It disgusts me how some people take up for our government and feed into all the BS with a blind EYE. A big problem is our news stations now too who dont research the topics whom instead just relay hear say. Check out LINK TV on direct tv or dish, its a non-government funded station where they actually show you live reports and footage of interviews with citizens of these countries. It shows these poor people do no love us being on their land as our government claims they do. One more thing, Ghadfi may have killed his own people, but one thing that bothers me is that BUSH had one of his "secret torture prisons" over there as now called "CIA Black sites" that alot of people are making a big deal of now that they are finding out. It would make sense that since Ghadfi was our ally he was capturing the people whom we suggested as terrorists and then the would be put in this torture prison. Then we turn it around because maybe he wants to raise tax on the oil coming from his land, and we say that he is being "INHUMANE" to his people and get them to overthrough him. Just a theory though. Take it for whats it worth

    October 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  12. sinz54

    Wirth: "...urge Congress to give the President the flexible authority needed...."

    He really means: The flexible authority to be browbeaten into retreating every time there is a foreign demarche.

    Part of America being a Great Power is to follow through on what it warned it would do.

    When this law was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Clinton, everybody knew what it meant: Admit the Palestinians to an agency like UNESCO and that agency is on its own as far as funding is concerned. No ambiguity.

    So now that the Palestinians try to defy us, we're supposed to change the law and cave in?

    No way.

    We made this commitment in the 1990s. Let's have the guts to follow through on it–and show that our word still means something.

    If our word and our commitments mean nothing–if we go back on our word under duress–the United States is finished as a Great Power.

    We are a Great Power. We earned it. Let's act like it.

    October 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • Cranleigh

      If a America is a Great Power why does Congress tie its hands with such foolish laws? This is not in America's own long-term interests.

      November 1, 2011 at 12:37 am | Reply
      • Doing the right thing.

        I disagree. Rubber Stamping the wrong side of history is what is not in America's long term interest. If you take all of the antisemetic conspiracy theories away, there are several reasons why supoprt for Israel is in America's long term interst.

        November 1, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Rafael

      This is all about justice and you talk about gutts... here's the vote in case you missed it: 107 votes in favor, 14 against.
      It's no longer the 90's

      November 1, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
  13. john in vermont

    Sure the UN does some good worldwide, but it is without a doubt the most corrupt organization ever conceived. The vote was staggeringly pro-Palestine and anti-US with the voters full well knowing the consequences of giving Palestine nation-like standing. Israel is the ONLY democracy in the middle east and yet the UN members favor the terror of Hamas and the PLO and Palestine almost sanctioning the violence and terrorism of Hamas. If the UN rewards Hamas how can there ever be peace in the middle east.

    The US doesn't need the UN as much we may think we might and it's a good time for America to quit supporting the UN so lavishly when we can better spend that money at home. Come to think of it, maybe we can get the UN re-located and we'll get that nice real estate back in NYC. No good reason for America to help all these other countries when they just want to kick us in the butt after taking our money. Maybe they can build a new UN in Pakistan?

    October 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Cranleigh

      Being pro-Palestinian does not necessarily mean being anti-American. If Americans don't wise up to this fact soon they risk alienating a large chunk of the world's population.

      November 1, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
      • Doing the right thing.

        They are already alienated from America. They always were and always will be regardless of what our policies are. For example, why was it that after the US took care of the Bosnian Serbs who were killing Muslims, the Abab worls were not singing the praises of the US? I guess I missed the ticker tape parades in Terhan, Cairo or Islamabad that were held for the US and NATO. They will NEVER support us no matter what we do.

        November 1, 2011 at 9:39 am |
      • Cranleigh

        Take another look at the UNESCO vote. Most of the world's population is lined up behind the Palestinians, including the entire BRICS block, itself mostly non-Muslim. America is out on a limb here. Is it going to cut off spending to WHO and the World Bank when the Pals join? That would be fairly insane, surely?

        The Palestinians are engaged in peaceful, legal efforts to achieve statehood here. In my opinion, such efforts should be encouraged.

        November 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • Cranleigh

        I don't mean to sound patronising but aren't we always admonishing the Pals to pursue their aims peacefully? Now that they've done that we don't seem too happy.

        November 1, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  14. JDG61

    Sadly for Americans, the US Congress has become occupied Israeli territory just as is the Palestinian West Bank thanks to the billions in US welfare paid to Israel each year that are in return used to bribe our elected representatives. Israeli moles in the congress such as Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have been ignoring the interests of Americans while working tirelessly to push their Israel first, America last agenda, so much so that their actions border on treason,

    UNESCO will go on just as it has in the past, but US influence and prestige may never recover as Israel drags the US down into the depths of depravity where it dwells.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • John Tuker

      WOW ..... Good comment .

      November 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  15. Sindel

    My oh my! Armaggeddon is nigh, if you believe what some Israel supporters say after the mere admission of Palestine as an UNESCO member. What will they say when it will finally become an official country? They might fall short of apocalytic superlatives.
    I don't understand how the government of the world champion of democracy, namely the US, reacts like a spoiled child when people are recognized as more than an eternal bunch of straying refugees. Oh, what a big, big danger!

    After the shameful Bush era, when America elected Obama, the world was thrilled and hopeful. I took a day off to watch live Obama's speech in Cairo. Finally we seemed to have an enlightened global leader. A righteous king of the world.
    And now this...making himself a fool just to remain a "special friend" of Israel. All in all, it's a beautiful day for those in Israel who nurture a sense of superiority among all the other nations. They might not be the majority, but do they rule...

    October 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • Den

      The Palestinian state per se is not a problem. The problem is, they want to create it WITHOUT stopping their war against Israel.

      November 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  16. reality

    Zionazis butcher millions and millions of Muslims and still blame Muslims. These criminals are just looking for Armagaddon as given in their religious text.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Reply
  17. reality

    Zionazis have made America most corrupt country of world, Every thing from stealing money from middle class to occupying and stealing resources of other countries have become legal because of Zionazis.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Reply
  18. Craig

    POLL: Should UNESCO have recognized Palestine as a nation?
    http://www.wepolls.com/p/4551256/

    October 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  19. Real

    At the end we will save money that we need now, in order to revitalize our economy here in the U.S. Does anyone knows how much we are paying in dues ? for example Our kids are loosing their schools because their schools are closing.... reason: lack of funding. How about their future ? Does anyone thinks that the UN cares ? The UN does not care about the Hamas shooting rockets into Israel,and its schools; but yet they want our memberships dues paid on time... If they don't care about Israel a sovereign nation; our true friend in the middle east, why does anybody will think that the UN will care about us >let us not forget 911 who was there for us and who was not... let's pull out of the UN, take our troops out of Afghanistan into Israel and do what is right to help Israel, at the end Israel will be the only one with us side by side: In G-d we trust. We will then see the stabilization of the Middle east and the Palestine state dream will then be just that ...a dream

    October 31, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  20. Simon

    CNN – Clinton News Network..

    October 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • mitch in dc

      Israel won the 6 day war . they didn't start it and they kicked but. i think they should not only keep the land but all of Jerusalem .

      October 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
      • Toppolina

        Did you ever think of what is good for the future of the US? I do not think so

        November 1, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  21. nawar

    excellent article; finally someone is thinking of US interests rather then Israel interests, US foregin policy has focused too much on Israel at the expense of the American people.

    November 1, 2011 at 12:22 am | Reply
  22. Sahil

    I am glad US has decided not to provide any financial assistance to UNESCO anymore because its support was conditional support anyways. This gives rest of world opportunity to manage their own finances and learn not to be dependent on US anymore. This also frees rest of the world from bowing down to US pressure. On the other end, US gets to save some money that it desperately needs for its struggling economy.

    Now fast forward into future, if rest of world fails to continue UNESCO operations without US support, UNESCO will remain for namesake and inclusion of PA won't matter anymore. On the other hand, if rest of world manages to fund UNESCO and continue business as usual, US will get to learn where it stands in new evolving global dynamics.

    November 1, 2011 at 1:31 am | Reply
  23. reality

    America should also stop funding to all the other functions of UN, that would force that organization to become democratic and repeal of veto power could be achieved.

    November 1, 2011 at 3:18 am | Reply
  24. Ugly Truth

    So the US aint paying the 60mil but gives Israel over 3billion annually? And not only that, the US has lost credibility, created more enemies, lost thousands of soldiers in wars all for their closest ally Israel. The only ally of the US to ever attack them (USS liberty, Lavon affair) but that was all sweeped under the carpet. Just shows the incredible hold Israel has over them. In the US govnts eyes its Israel first american public second. And that is the truth.

    November 1, 2011 at 8:06 am | Reply
  25. Toppolina

    And the USA is still wondering why it is so hated in the Arab world. I guess they do not see beyond the tip of their nose. When will the US wake up from the coma it is in?

    November 1, 2011 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Doing the right thing.

      Wht do we care so much if the US is hated in the Arab world? I would rather be supportive of people who respect Western culture and multicultural democracy rather than third world corrupt dictatorships that are not governed by the rule of law.

      There will always be people who hate one country or another. Pakastan hates India, Chechens hat Russians, etc, etc, etc. and there will always be some conflicts. For the US, I believe it is better to support those who share our ideals – even if a large number of countries – who don't share our values and perspectives – disagree.

      November 1, 2011 at 9:49 am | Reply
  26. Hamma Mirwaisi

    Why World are not supporting Kurds like Palestinian?
    Israel and Jews are very powerful in the world now a day. But Arab oil is bending Jewish power, the world are helping Palestinian to form another Arab state. While Kurds are under occupation of the Turks and Arabs (Iraq and Syria) plus betrayal of Persian from the Kurdish blood are without friend in this world.
    Aryan Kurds are hoping the Aryan from Europe, North America and Australia will rescue them from unjust practice by Turkey and Arab states plus Shi’a Sayyied of Iran.
    But European and American are always ready to sell out Kurds for economic interest in Turkey, Arab world and Shi’a sayyied of Iran.
    Kurds was seeking help from Israel and Jews in desperation. Kurds are aware that Israel and Jews never helping others unless they have their own interest in it, since when Israel and Jews helped others.
    Hamma Mirwaisi
    Member of the Kurdistan National Congress (KNK),
    Representative of KNK in America
    And the author of the book, “Return of the Medes”.

    November 1, 2011 at 8:43 am | Reply
  27. Mullah Hasan Taraban Shalaban Casban

    Once the regime in Iran is gone and over and done with and the fanatic mobs are gone a new kind of people will take over. I am a Mullah in these regions and I am tired of the regime's stronghold on humanright abuses in this area. I want to be a good Mullah. I have little farm land so I do not mind more sanctions or unmanned aircraft hovering over these areas. Its time to release the people from the pain and yoke they are in. Please remember I am a good Mullah.

    November 1, 2011 at 9:00 am | Reply
  28. j. von hettlingen

    Is the filtering system jammed again

    November 1, 2011 at 9:27 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Two laws from the early 1990s prohibit the U. S. from paying contributions to any U. N. organisation that admits Palestine as a member.

      November 1, 2011 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      It wouldn't surprise me that John R. Bolton was behind them. Being a lawyer he was Assistant Secretary of State for International Organisation Affairs under Bush I.

      November 1, 2011 at 9:29 am | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Under Bush II he was U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. for a year and known for his hostility toward the U. N.

      November 1, 2011 at 9:30 am | Reply
      • j. von hettlingen

        Once he said that international organisations would only count if they were useful to American foreign policy.

        November 1, 2011 at 9:33 am |
  29. BEAR

    In the news today...this story could be explosive...

    "debkafile's intelligence sources report that Syria procured the enriched uranium and equipment for the plant from Iraq when its ruler Saddam Hussein in early March 2003 when he decided to dispose of the bulk of his nuclear plant and weapons of mass destruction by spiriting them out to Syria, then his closest ally".

    November 1, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
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