Sometimes there are actions that leave you without words or explanations.
Case in point, while I was checking out some of the news websites last week, I came across a story about the United Nations and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.
The United Nations named Castro a “World Hero of Solidarity” at a recent South American conference in Mexico.
In giving that award, the President of the U.N. General Assembly stated that Castro was one of a few South American leaders who “embod[ies] virtues and values worth emulation by all of us.”
The United Nations is a multi-national organization that has as its mission to promote dialogue and humanitarian endeavors between foreign nations. Essentially, they are designed to foster good will.
Can someone please tell me how a dictator who imprisons opposition and disdains democracy is a hero to be emulated?
We are talking about a man who led a country to economic ruin and widespread misery for nearly five decades.
According to CIA statistics from the year 2007, the Coast Guard intercepted over 2,600 Cubans fleeing their impoverished existence for better lives in Florida. A world hero indeed.
The point that I am making is not necessarily about Castro alone, but the irrelevance that the United Nations has become.
Whether it is the corrupt food for oil program, continued strife in the Middle East, or its failures to address persistent humanitarian crises in Africa and other poverty stricken regions, the United Nations has fallen miserably of its stated goals.
World conflicts still occur and people still go hungry around the world, yet the U.N. chooses to view someone like Castro as a person of character and worthy of praise.
May I also remind everyone that the United States pays millions of taxpayer dollars to the organization every year.
Why should we continue to fund an organization that fails to live up to its mission and courts dictators for political gain?
The land in Manhattan which the UN headquarters currently sits on would sure make for a cool museum or public park and would probably provide more public benefit than its current occupant.