In a 20 page concurring opinion in the recent Box v. Planned Parenthood, Justice Clarence Thomas describes a modern population control doctrine where Planned Parenthood would lead modern-day eugenics providing abortion exclusively because of the sex or race of the baby or non-lethal disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will leave her post at the end of the year. United States President Donald Trump announced the news Tuesday as he accepted her resignation.
Ms. Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, will depart the envoy role after representing the United States on the Security Council since January of 2017.
The move comes not long after several stories were published about questionable private flights and accepting large gifts.
Many describe Haley as a fierce presence on the Security Council. In her position, she typically works on everything from North Korean sanctions to the Syrian civil war.
Some have reported that her resignation was prompted by her aspirations to run for President. Haley has since responded that she intends to vote and campaign for the President in his 2020 reelection bid. However, the previously mentioned scandals may serve as a bit of a roadblock in her effectiveness as a campaigner.
HALEY: “No, I’m not running in 2020.”
She says she will campaign for TRUMP in 2020.
”It has been the honor of a lifetime” to be UN ambassador, she says.
Somewhere, deep in a land fortress implanted in the far East of the world, is a man with his hands on a trigger. This man, so isolated from all, yet known by so many, has used this year to captivate an audience, build his power, and prepare his trigger finger for the ultimate decision. Kim Jong Un has single-handedly made the earth tremble, both figuratively and literally, by presenting a nuclear threat of a magnitude unseen since the 1960’s. This year, the leader of North Korea has shown an intense desire to shift American and Western attention from the Middle East to the Far East through aggressive threats and a new wave of missile and payload performance tests that have kept the defenders of democracy in Asia awake throughout all of 2017. Before this year, Kim Jong Un struggled to share the spotlight with other world threats. However, with the downfall of ISIS as a major threat combined with a surge in Korean nuclear capabilities, he has managed to give his threatening regime much more attention from South Korea, Japan, the United States and even China.
Kim began the year with a threat that fell on deaf ears. In a thirty-minute television speech on New Years Day, 2017, Kim personally delivered a message that North Korea was approaching the apex of nuclear technology, with a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile to be ready soon. Kim made a New Years resolution that his country would “translate the people’s ideas and dreams into brilliant reality on this land,” a promise that fell apart as the regime aggressively pursued nuclear hellfire ahead of the welfare of the country, pushing its citizens to the brink of starvation.
Kim began to make good on his threats starting in February, when on the 11th, North Korea tested a Pukguksong-2 medium/long-range missile, a test which prompted concern from Japanese President Shinzo Abe, who was meeting with President Donald Trump during the launch. Kim followed this fairly routine missile test with something much
more ambitious. On February 13th, Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam was found dead at a Malaysian airport, later found to be assassinated by DPRK operatives using nerve gas. This calculated killing of his half-brother showed that Kim was now willing to do anything to solidify his position as the supreme leader [of the DPRK] and prevent any political challenges so that he could operate more freely through the rest of the year. The assassination provoked a concerned response from the international community, including accusations from the South Korean government that the assassination of the fairer brother was “an intolerable crime against humanity and terrorist act.” Just weeks after these two February incidents, China announced that they would be banning all coal exports to North Korea, a decision that would have severe financial ramifications for both countries.
Despite creating a heightened tension in the international community, Kim Jong Un and the DPRK continued upping the ante by firing four ballistic missiles into Japanese waters on March 6th, testing a rocket engine designed for ICBM use on the 20th, and launching a failed missile test towards the end of the month. Kim continued his provocations into April, firing 3 more ballistic missiles as tests throughout the month and showing off new ICBMs and other military technology in a military parade. The United States tried to calm tensions throughout the month by taking part in joint exercises with South Korea and Japan, as well as engaging in talks with China. However, the US response came to an abrupt stop, after a carrier strike force group that was said to be headed for the peninsula as a show of force never showed up.
As tensions began to heat up in the Korean peninsula, the US finally had achieved concrete success through the installation of the THAAD missile defense system, that despite receiving heavy criticism from China, finally was installed in South Korea for its protection from a nuclear strike. Nevertheless, North Korea continued their unprecedented volume of tests, with more missile launches occurring in May on the 14th, the 26th, and the 29th. Following a busy month by Kim and the DPRK, the UN Security Council voted unanimously on June 2nd to introduce some of the toughest international sanctions on any country ever, further pressuring North Korea and endangering their progress towards a nuclear weapon. The situation between Kim Jong Un and his enemies escalated, after an American prisoner and college student, Otto Warmbier, was returned to the United States in such a state of medical neglect that he died days after returning home. Kim Jong Un pushed the envelope even more when on July 4th, on American Independence day, he ordered the test of the Hwasong-14, an ICBM
that most experts agree could strike most of the United States. Another successful long-range test on the 28th of July confirmed the opinion of many defense officials that North Korea was now capable of hitting cities in the United States as far inland as Denver and Chicago. Rhetoric reached a height on the 8th of September, with Donald Trump vowing that North Korean nuclear threats would be met with “fire and fury,” a threat that was directly countered by a North Korean threat to fire ballistic missiles at the US territory of Guam in the next month. Despite not attacking Guam, Kim did authorize another missile test on the 29th of September, one that flew so close to Japan that anti-missile sirens were activated. Testing and threats reached their pinnacle on the 3rd of September when after high volumes of missile tests, the DPRK tested a hydrogen bomb. The bomb, which had a yield of 120kT and produced a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, caused a flurry of responses from world leaders, with some like Vladimir Putin and various state department officials stating the time for dialogue with North Korea was useless and would not help the situation. North Korea has restrained themselves only slightly after September, with only 2 missile tests occurring since then. With the slowing down of missile tests, horror stories have been pouring out of North Korea displaying the dire conditions of hunger and radioactive poisoning that the citizens face under the Kim regime. The month of November was then capitalized by the successful escape of a DPRK soldier over the demilitarized zone and into South Korea, despite being shot multiple times during his escape.
Although there has only been one missile test in the last two months, Kim Jong Un has left his personal mark in 2017. A year, that otherwise would have been capitalized by the victory over ISIS, has been marred by the countless tests and empty threats by the Kim regime. Although it may not be apparent, Kim Jong Un now sits upon a foundation of instability, with UN sanctions spreading resources thinner and unrest at an all-time high The nation that Kim Il Sung built decades ago is now only held together by the momentum of its nuclear program and the threat it poses to international security. Kim Jong Un is now on the cusp of history. Will he strike the democracies of the East and the United States with unrelenting nuclear fire? Or will his exhausted state fade back into obscurity under international pressure? This is a question with an answer that is dependent on the one most important man of the year, the one still hiding in his fortress of Pyongyang. Until Kim himself makes the hard decision, he will remain alone, isolated and with the fate of the world in his hands, his hands wrapped around a trigger.
(Note: This is not an endorsement of North Korean policy or the Kim regime)
The United Nations, or UN, is an international organization with the intention of securing and enforcing peace. While its goals are noble, they rarely succeed, largely thanks to the dictatorial nature of most of its member states. In addition, it frequently acts contrary to the interests of its main source of revenue, the United States. As such, logic would suggest that the United States government should take its money and leave the UN, funding their own nation in instead.
If we are to judge an organization by its efforts to fulfill its original goal, the United Nations is almost certainly a massive failure. According to the UN Charter, the purpose of the institution, among other things, is to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small” (Charter of the United Nations). Countries such as Cuba, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Qatar, Venezuela, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, and Indonesia, have all served on the UN Human Rights Council, and are member states that routinely violate human rights — we should also not forget that multiple French UN peacekeepers were found to have committed sexual abuse and pedophilia in the Central African Republic. However, to their credit, the UN authorities did take action when the crimes were revealed: They suspended the aid worker that leaked the story (Laville 1). Large UN member states do not seem to have much respect for small UN member states. For example, the United Nations has taken no action whatsoever to ensure Ukraine’s sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression. Why would they? Russia is not only in the UN, it is a permanent member on the Security Council. Likewise, China routinely abuses the rights of other nations as described by the UN’s own Convention on the Law of the Sea, and uses its permanent Security Council status to keep the Republic of China out of the UN, which becomes especially ridiculous when one considers that the Republic of China is one of the few free nations in the general Southeast Asia region. Clearly, the corruption inherent in letting tyrannies defend freedom prevents the UN from fulfilling its goals.
In addition to failing to uphold their initial objectives, the UN and its member states delight in attacking the US and its allies, especially Israel. While this is usually limited to “condemn[ing] in the strongest possible terms [the] serious violation of international law by Israeli forces” (Raghavan l), they occasionally go much further. For example, when the UN admitted to discovering 20 rockets hidden in one of their schools for Palestinian refugees, they promptly turned the weapons over to the proper officials- a local police force that is little more than a Hamas puppet (Rogin). There is a very good chance that these rockets soon found themselves traveling to the homes, synagogues, and schools of the Israeli populace. Arming terrorists seems to be an odd way of preserving world peace and freedom, but then again, the UN has highly trained geopolitical specialists that may tell you otherwise. What can Israel do about this? Nothing. After all, “the vote of one Jewish democracy can be cancelled out 21 times by the vote of 21 Arab dictatorships” (Gelernter 2). Israel is not the only small democracy the UN likes to stomp on — we have already looked at the sad cases of Ukraine and the Republic of China. They also like to oppose their chief benefactor, the United States; although much to their chagrin, the US is not easily stomped on.
For instance, Saddam Hussein used money from the UN Oil for Food Program to purchase missiles from France, which his forces then used to shoot down at least one American plane when the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 (Deseret News 1). Plus, the UN Security Council is frequently used as a tool to limit American power. According to Charles Duelfer of the CIA, the Russians and Chinese in particular “need a way of containing the United States, and the [UN] Security Council’s a tool for that” (Shawn 69). In a time of waning American power, it is even more important that we do not allow powerful dictatorships to use diplomatic procedures as handcuffs. These, combined with many other examples of the anti-American attitudes of the UN and its members, speaks loudly to the folly of being involved with the United Nations.
These facts should matter to every American. Citizens deserve some say in where their tax dollars go, and it is a fairly safe bet that most of us have no interest in shooting down American planes, funding rapists and their enablers, or handing rockets to radical Islamists. That is probably why only 38 percent of Americans think the UN does a good job (Gallup). As such, it would be best to leave the UN and never return. Perhaps it would be possible to support an alliance in pursuit of liberty and human rights, instead of supporting the cold adequacy of relative stability and limited warfare. This would be better for everyone, as it is “a well-established fact that democracies never go to war against each other” (Gelernter 2). It is well past time to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.
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