Haiti is known as one of the poorest nations in the world. Indeed mother nature has not been kind to its inhabitants. Nor have the many arms of the self-glorifying, ever-expanding United Nations. The UN – and particularly its unmandated arm, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) – has a long-standing “tradition” of self-aggrandizement and conflict-generation – even in the very articulation of its high falluting dreams and schemes.
Not the least of which – as I had noted almost a year ago – is the virtually perpetual deferment of the adoption of some rather key clauses in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This particular UNEP “tradition”, btw, started in 1998.
In 2010, for example, there was a devastating earthquake in Haiti. As CNN recently reported:
U.N. sued for ‘bringing cholera to Haiti,’ causing outbreak that killed thousands
By Ivan Watson and Joe Vaccarello, CNN
updated 11:36 AM EDT, Thu October 10, 2013
Human rights lawyers filed a class action law suit in a U.S federal court accusing the United Nations of gross negligence and misconduct on behalf of victims of a cholera outbreak in Haiti in 2010.
“The claims are that the U.N. engaged in reckless and gross negligence and misconduct bringing cholera to Haiti,” said Ira Kurzban, a lawyer and board member with the Boston-based Institute for Justice and Development in Haiti. The group is demanding financial compensation for the 8,300 Haitians who died as a result of the cholera epidemic as well as some 650,000 more survivors of the illness.
U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq expressed to CNN “it is not the United Nations’ practice to discuss in public claims filed against the Organization.”
Earlier this year, however, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared the United Nations could not receive claims for compensation from Haitian cholera victims, arguing that the organization had legal immunity according to an international convention.
[Former AP reporter Jonathan] Katz, who further investigated the U.N.’s response to the outbreak in his book “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster,” accused the United Nations of covering up its responsibility for the cholera epidemic.
“In 2010, the U.N. didn’t want anyone to talk about this,” Katz said, in a phone interview with CNN. “They were directly castigating anyone who would bring up the topic.”
In September, the prime minister of Haiti raised the issue during a speech before the U.N. General Assembly.
In a briefing to journalists on Wednesday, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said as a result of the Haitian epidemic, the organization was in the process of adopting steps to prevent the further spread of the disease.
“Part of our lessons learned from this has been to screen peacekeepers for cholera,” Haq said.
Health authorities continue to document thousands of cholera cases a month.
At least 182 Haitians died of cholera between April and August 2013, according to the World Health Organization. [emphasis added -hro]
To be fair, I suppose it’s worth noting (as the UN did in one of its oh-so-typical exercises in self-aggrandizement) that in July of this year:
Ban Ki-moon has been in Haiti this week to meet with senior government officials and to get a first-hand look at programmes designed to improve health and reduce poverty.
The Secretary-General and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe launched the country’s “Total Sanitation Campaign,” which aims to scale up sanitation in rural areas, and met with local people affected by cholera: http://bit.ly/1kWJzwn
Mr.Ban also visited the memorial for the 102 UN personnel who lost their lives in the 2010 earthquake. Watch this MINUSTAH video for more: http://bit.ly/1yiEd6I
As for this “Total Sanitation Campaign”, be sure to checkout Ban Ki-moon’s official “Statement” which included:
The United Nations stands ready to help expand the initiative to the most remote areas and to places where cholera persists. Together with the World Bank, the United Nations will assist the Government of Haiti in targeting an initial 20 communes affected by the disease, covering 3 million people within the next five years.
Conspicuously absent in this “Statement” is any mention whatsoever of what (the UN’s all-time favourite “demon”) Israel did – while the UN and its multiplicity of arms and agencies were busy dithering and avoiding responsibility. You see, as I had noted March, 2011, Israel was busy … helping the victims of this 2010 earthquake:
The following video is somewhat on the long side, but it is in keeping with the Spirit of Israel (in which, of course, the MSM has no interest). And, it’s well worth watching to the end. Enjoy.
Just in case you might have missed it the first time – and, well, because it’s Friday – I think this video deserves a reprise. So here it is:
In light of all of the foregoing (not to mention the UN’s incompetence in dealing with the latest Ebola outbreak) … in conclusion, dear reader, can you give me one good reason why the true democracies of the world should continue supporting and … uh … sustaining the United Nations?!