Zelensky Demand Underscores UN Illegitimacy

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rightly -- and generously to a fault -- demands that Russia be removed as a member of the United Nations Security Council for reasons obvious to anyone but a Russian nationalist or Donald Trump.

Unfortunately, as the report goes on, it is basically impossible, under UN rules:

Zelensky has suggested removing Russia as a Security Council permanent member in the past, but the idea could face long odds. The most straightforward ways of removing Russia from the body would involve either amending the United Nations charter or expelling the country from the UN entirely, both of which would be subject to Russia's veto power. There is no method to overrule a veto. [links removed, bold added]
The bovine nonentity dispensing this information, either confessing an incredible degree of laziness or an inability to distinguish the metaphysical from the man-made simply labels this paragraph Contra -- as if that's all there is to it.

Just about all that's missing is a clueless and patronizing explanation in all-caps and single-syllable words about how this affront to reason and justice is a feature and not a bug.

QED: Russia is forever a veto-holding member of the eternal UN Security Council. There's nothing we can do about it, so we might as well sit back and enjoy it, I guess.

I vehemently disagree and recommend that anyone sentient enough to be bothered by this state of affairs visit a good piece at New Ideal on what the Russian emigrant Ayn Rand had to say on the matter of there being a UN that included Russia as a member at all. Within, among many other points, you will find the following quote:
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Yes. I do not sanction the grotesque pretense of an organization allegedly devoted to world peace and human rights, which includes Soviet Russia, the worst aggressor and bloodiest butcher in history, as one of its members. The notion of protecting rights, with Soviet Russia among the protectors, is an insult to the concept of rights and to the intelligence of any man who is asked to endorse or sanction such an organization. I do not believe that an individual should cooperate with criminals, and, for all the same reasons, I do not believe that free countries should cooperate with dictatorships. (Playboy Interview: Ayn Rand. Playboy, March 1964.) [bold added]
I completely agree. The fact that Russia sits on the Security Council and has veto power is really just icing on the cake.

The United Nations has been a farce from Day One and every free country should immediately resign and repudiate this organization of gangsters, thugs, and freeloaders.

-- CAV

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