الجمعة، 22 ديسمبر 2017

UNGA Vote

UNGA Vote - Questions With No Answers



Whenever any observer tries to understand what is going on in the world, some points just make them wonder.

There was an enormous unity in the United Nations General Assembly to condemn the decision of Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel; and what happened was expected, to a certain extent, as some countries consider this a matter of religious belief, others consider it a matter of International law, and others still just caught the opportunity to vote against the US, no matter what the subject was.

But what does not make sense is how some made their choices, the allies of the United States, such as the UK and France, voted against the move of Trump. The country that practically helped establish Israel, e.g. Britain, decided that it doesn’t want to stand with or support its creation. South Korea decided that it does agree on some things with the North; things like being against America; the biggest ally that is protecting it against Pyongyang’s little dictator.

Stranger still was the choice of some states, simply to be absent: “You know what? We have no position on this subject”; these countries include Australia, Canada, and Mexico.

It is understandable that Serbia votes against the US, after the war of Yugoslavia and the breakup of the country, but what is not understandable is the vote (or the non-vote) of Bosnia Herzegovina, which considers itself a Muslim country, but decided to be absent.

What’s more, it was something out of the ordinary to see the draft resolution presented to the UNGA by none other than Yemen; a country divided by a civil war, and destroyed and starved by an Arab coalition that is continuing to bomb and siege and kill its citizens every single day. And here again one wonders: Why wasn’t there a unified UNGA stance against the killing of innocent civilians in Yemen? Why wasn’t there a unanimous condemnation of the forces that are continuing for 3 years to attack and destroy everything in Yemen?

The other country that presented the draft resolution was Turkey; a country that is being turned from a democratic secular state into a theocracy. A country where free speech no longer exists, and where military personnel, teachers, doctors, journalists and others are either jailed or fired from their jobs because they are, or they are claimed to be, against the rule of Erdogan. Why wasn’t there a unified stance against Erdogan in the UNGA by all the peace loving and democracy promoting governments, and human-rights activists of the world?

Doesn't all that make you wonder??!!



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