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Submitted by a Filpino liberal (Philippines), Dec 21, 2005 at 03:01

I wonder if you people dislike the UN so much because Secretary-General Annan is black? Or is it because most of the member states in the UN non-white, non-Western nations, which pretty much reflects the actual situation in our world? Or is it because many of the UN's criticisms are against the US and Israel, no matter how justified the criticism is?
I might remind you that the US, which now has so parted ways with the UN, was one of its main founders. Yet the US, probably because of its desire for global hegemony, now seems to be on a different path from the UN. Well, this is what I say: If the US disagrees with the UN so much, then they should leave. Yes. They should leave and reveal themselves as the rogue state they are. Because it is hypocritical, to say the least, for the US to consistently disobey the UN, while still keeping its prized permanent seats on the Security, Economic, and other Councils. You can't have your cake and eat it too.
Conservatives seem to like to claim that the rest of the world is "biased" against the US and Israel. It's as if they have some sort of persecution complex with the UN, despite the fact that the US and Israel are two of the most powerful nations in the world. What makes it even more laughable is the fact that Israel really is not so important to the rest of the world. I'm sorry to break this to you, but you people seem to have been suffering from an overblown sense of Israel's importance. Israel is still only one small state. Why should other faraway nations pay enough attention to Israel to dislike it? We don't really care. Take the Philippines, for example. What reason do Filipinos have to hate Jews? The two groups have nothing to do with each other. To be honest, most Filipinos don't know, much less care, about Israel and Jews. They know about Israel in the Bible, but I don't think they know it still exists today. So for people to claim that all UN member nations are biased against Israel is ridiculous. It's part of the Jewish "persecution complex".
If there really was a map showing the proposed Palestinian state without Israel, then that was wrong. Both Israelis and Palestinians deserve their own state. But what makes it so hypocritical for Israelis to complain about this is the fact that many conservative Israelis also believe Palestinians should have no state. What part of "both Israelis and Palestinians deserve their own state" is so hard to understand, anyway?
More on the Jewish "persecution complex". I suggest conservative Jews and their Christian allies read the Counterpunch books "Beyond Chutzpah", and "The Politics of Anti-Semitism". Both books try to show how anti-Semitism through the ages has been skillfully used by Jews of today to block criticism against them, no matter how deserved. I'd already thought of this a long time ago, but I didn't want to comment on it, because I thought that I was the only one with such views, until I saw these books, of course. By the way, Norman G. Finkelstein, the author of "Beyond Chutzpah", is a Jew whose parents both survived the concentration camps. I know it might be a difficult read because conservatives don't want to read anything that doesn't agree with their beliefs, but it's okay. Disagreement is good. Debate is good. After all, "freedom of speech", and "democracy", and "free debate", right?
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