A resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,” was approved by the United Nations Human Rights Committee last week with 131 in favor, 3 against and 48 abstentions.
True, this passed overwhelmingly, but who the hell were the three Fascist sympathizers who voted against it?
Well, the U.S.A. was one of them! Ukraine and Palau were the other two.
The justification given by our U.N. Representative was that it would violate free speech! As a sometime-Libertarian, I am as strong a supporter of free speech as anyone, but this is a bridge too far even for me. The real reason is that we fear that the Russians will use this resolution against our ex-Nazi friends in Ukraine. That also explains Ukraine’s vote. Palau’s support remains a mystery.
Perhaps you think this characterization of our Ukrainian buddies is a gross canard? If so, you might want to read their condemnation by the Simon Wiesenthal Center here. Or if you feel this might be a biased source, check this Wikipedia article about Ukrainian collaborationism with the Nazis in WWII. Of course, not all Ukrainians are Nazi sympathizers, just as not all Muslims support radical Islam. But it just so happens that the regime we defend against Russian incursion is rife with fascist ideology.
Try to imagine the furor if President Trump’s U.N. Representative had done this! It would be amusing if Republicans introduced this precise resolution in the lame duck Congress and defied Democrats to vote it down. If they didn’t, as they assuredly wouldn’t, Obama would be faced with a very embarrassing situation, wouldn’t he? The representatives of the American people, with likely overwhelming bipartisan support, would have rejected his U.N. position. If I were advising Republicans, I would recommend this as the ultimate political mischief.