If you were to ask me what the United Nations does, I could rattle off several things. Its embassies and delegations’ housing needs keep mid-Manhattan real estate values high, it keeps a number of pricey restaurants in business, its delegates use their status to park in spaces that my car would be towed from, that sort of thing.
But what about El Salvador, and Honduras, and Guatemala, where the vast majority of “caravan” members are coming from?
If these countries are truly as corrupt and crime-ridden as we are being told (and, yes, they are), what has the United Nations done to address their corruption and crime in the past? What is it doing now?
Well, one way of chronicling such abuses is through condemnation. So I checked the number of condemnations issued to various countries by the UN’s Human Rights Council.
From its creation in 2006 to 2015 (the latest data I could find, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala had a combined total of 1 condemnation.
That’s pretty impressive…if you’re comparing it to, say, China, Cuba and Yemen. Their combined total was 0. I guess they’re all thin slices of heaven on earth.
But the single condemnation pales by comparison to Israel – which, alone, accounted for 62 condemnations – compared to 55 for the entire rest of the world.
I guess that explains the mass migration of refugees from Isr…..oh, wait.
My point here is not just to define the United Nations as a worthless excrement-pile on the East Side of Manhattan. I’ve done that many times in the past and it hasn’t changed one iota since the last time.
My point is that, in the specific case of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala (not to mention Mexico, which is far richer than the other three), the UN has said and done absolutely nothing, and called absolutely no one to account for why people would be fleeing these countries.
Maybe this would be a good time to start thinking about that – not just the UN, so it can gain at least a tiny bit of earned respect, but the United States, which ponies up most of the UN’s funding.