Saturday, 12 May 2007

YesBut the United Nations is the pits

This morning I read that Zimbabwe has been elected to head the United Nations commission on Sustainable Economic Development (CSD). This I find obscene, an insult to Zimbabweans and a condemnation of the UN.

I have been examining the concept of morality in my blog YesBut Thinking Aloud. I felt compelled to deliberate on the subject, by the apparent decline over the past decade of a moral code in public life.

Inflation in Zimbabwe is currently running at 50% per month, the highest in the world. This means the price of a loaf of bread doubles every two months. Or put another way, the value of people’s wages halves every month. Despite reporting restrictions the outside world has seen the suffering of the populace.

At independence Zimbabwe was the Garden of Eden of Africa, with a flourishing export trade to Europe in fruit, flowers, vegetables and tobacco. Yes at the time of independence there were fast inequalities between the minority white farmers and their black workers, which had to be addressed. But Mugabe took the opportunity to transfer ownership of the farms to his friends and supporters who had no farming experience. Within a few years the farming sector and the economy had been decimated.

But the target of my indignation is the leadership of African nations. The majority of which are corrupt. When taking decisions they have two criteria the first: maximising the amount of money they can channel into their private bank accounts, the second not to be seen to be doing anything in support of former Colonial countries. This is particularly the case in the UN, African countries vote in block, irrespective of the rights and wrongs of the case.

The United Nations is a toothless talking shop devoid of all moral authority, a complete waste of money. Corruption and miss-management in the organisation is endemic, it is beyond hope and should be disbanded.

What is this man guarding?

3 comments:

Catmoves said...

Zimbabwe? Sustainable anything? The United Nations?
Aha. The UN. Sustainable as a refuge for political payoffs to those who might otherwise be jailed (gaoled). The concept is noble, but the facts are, at best, deplorable.
Unhappily, the American Government is forced to look at this conglomeration as an icon worthy of saving and fostering. Never mind that it has become another mistake in our evolution. The U.S. has deep pockets.

YesBut said...

Hi Catmoves
I agree 100% with everything you say.
It will take a strong universally respected US President to say, “enough is enough no more”, pull the USA out of the UN and work at establishing a very slimmed down replacement.

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