UN as US Bully Pulpit

Empowering Weak & Oppressed

P. Cartwright

Jumada' al-Ula' 15, 1439 2018-02-01

Letters To The Editor

by P. Cartwright (Letters To The Editor, Crescent International Vol. 46, No. 12, Jumada' al-Ula', 1439)

The United Nations General Assembly is a platform where diplomats from around the world use diplomatic language even if it is largely contrived, mostly grandstanding. The UN Charter is frequently invoked and appeals to uphold international law (for all it’s worth) are made.

The US, however, adheres to no norms. It uses the UN as a bully pulpit threatening member states with dire consequences if they deviate from the line set by Washington regardless of how unreasonable or unjust that may be.

Washington also has a habit of sending pit bulls to the UN that attack anyone disagreeing with US position. If they could physically bite, there is little doubt these US (un)diplomats would have taken chunks of flesh from those opposing their position. It matters not whether US representatives are men or women or anything in-between.

By their atrocious conduct, American officials have become a laughing stock of the world. They are living up to the much deserved epithet of the “Ugly American”!

P. Cartwright
Dundas, ON, Canada

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