Where is the United Nations on ISIS?
The short answer is “nowhere.” Believe it or not, U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon is more concerned that “counter-terrorism actions and policies are consistent with international human rights and humanitarian laws.” Shocking, isn’t it? A global body infested with Islamists and hardline Islamic regimes lacks the political will to confront the scourge that is ISIS:
Right now our sense of global order, humanity and even modernity is being undermined and betrayed in the Islamic State-controlled badlands of Syria and Iraq. Almost 70 years after the UN was formed — “to maintain international peace and security … to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression” — we are confronted with its impotence. A lifetime after we reeled at the extent of the Holocaust, we are seeing a bloody onslaught of summary executions and exterminations the likes of which we never could have imagined. A coalition of nations is helping the governments of Iraq and Syria — such as they are — to resist the onslaught but, in the main, the world is standing back. And the UN wrings its hands.
Questions about how many atrocities would demand action or how many lives would spark global outrage are superfluous when not only have we seen individual horrors but dozens executed and then tens of thousands slaughtered as Islamic State captures territory and cities including Ramadi, just an hour from Baghdad.
And the UN? “Through our collective efforts, we must ensure that all counter-terrorism actions and policies are consistent with international human rights and humanitarian laws,” (emphasis added- OBS) secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told last year’s summit on foreign terrorist fighters.
For all the undoubted complexities, the question — not just for the US but the UN, NATO and all civilised nations led by the permanent members of the UN Security Council — is that if we cannot muster a concerted and effective effort to defeat and eliminate this evil, then when can humanity ever defeat barbarism?