Who's Undermining the United Nations?

If you guessed “the United States,” you’d be correct. Well, you’d be correct as far as Mark Malloch Brown, Deputy Secretary of the UN and official full-time Kofi Annan lackey, is concerned. As the June 7 number of The New York Times reports, the Englishman Mark Malloch Brown offered withering criticisms of American critics of the UN at a “conference on global leadership co-sponsored by the Center for American Progress and the Century Foundation.”

According to the Times, Deputy Secretary Brown castigated “too much unchecked U.N.-bashing and stereotyping” on the part of unsavory Americans. This, Mr. Brown feels, is hampering the effectiveness of the United Nations.

Okay, let’s see if we can get this straight. What plagues the UN is unchecked US criticism of it. Not, we suppose, the Oil-for-Food scandal; the disgusting venality of Kofi Annan; the UN’s payment of a large pension to crook Benon Sevan; the strikingly tardy UN concern over its peacekeepers’ rapes of underaged girls in the Congo; UN failures in Rwanda, Somalia, etc.; the cover-up of UN high commissioner Ruud Lubber’s sexual harassment; or any other number of internal UN problems.

No, the real problem is US concern over this inefficient and ineffective institution. And, since America is the largest contributor to the UN’s budget–paying 22 percent of its costs–we suppose that Americans shouldn’t be so unhelpful as to criticize it at all. That’s awfully unproductive of us.

Perhaps it was also peevish of Rosemary Waters, the president of the UN staff union, to complain about Mark Malloch Brown’s appointment to his current post on the grounds that there was “no transparency in the process.” That doesn’t help matters at all.

And maybe it’s gratuitous of us to quote from an incriminating article by UN watchdog Claudia Rosette:

Here’s one for the new ethics office at the United Nations: Not only do we now know that Secretary-General Kofi Annan accepted a $500,000 prize from the ruler of Dubai, courtesy of a judges’ panel rife with U.N. connections, one member of which Annan then appointed to a high U.N. job. Less well known is that Annan was advised to take the prize money by another senior U.N. official, Mark Malloch Brown–according to Malloch Brown himself in an interview this past February.

Since then, Annan has promoted Malloch Brown from U.N. chief of staff to the U.N.’s number-two post of deputy secretary-general. With role models like these in the executive suite, small wonder the U.N. remains gridlocked over reform.

Ah, yes: This is all the fault of those mean-spirited American taxpayers, who have the gall to suggest that they fund a less sclerotic, less morally bankrupt international institution. How dare we stop the UN from coddling dictators, allowing genocide, and raping teenagers!

If you ask us, all of this rings hollow. After all, Mark Malloch Brown hasn’t any difficulties castigating the US. At the Pace University graduation ceremony last year, he referred to America as an “ungainly giant.” Come on, Mark: You’re going to undermine the USA with your criticism!

(Note: The crack young staff normally “weblog” over at “The Hatemonger’s Quarterly,” where they are currently personally undermining Mark Malloch Brown.)

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