By the way, as we wrap up day sixteen, the UN still has not begun saving people in the corner of the tsunami-blasted Far Abroad. The UN has distributed ZERO on the ground — an absolutely disgraceful performance. [emphasis mine]
Now, Diplomad is manned by career US Foreign Service officers, and one of the writers is apparently on the ground in the region. Their articles have been pretty anti-UN so far.
If the UN is helping, it should be amazingly easy to prove.
Send me links, please. I am the most pro-UN Conservative that I know. Give me some ammo to use against the “Get the US out of the UN” crowd. This should be far easier to prove than proving that the US military is helping, for instance.
I refuse to believe that they’ve done NOTHING. If you tell me that they’ve provided $100 worth of aid for only $2 million in expenses, I’ll believe you and thank you for proving that they’ve helped. If all Kofi Annan has done so far is forego one day of lift tickets at Jackson Hole to coordinate the massive UN effort, that’s got to be worth something.
Bring it on.
UPDATE: Okay, okay. I didn’t mean for this to be another “bash the UN” post. I’m really, truly looking for stories about how the UN is providing practical, tangible aid to those in need of it in the tsunami region.
I, too, have tons of good anti-UN sentiment. But I can’t really believe that they haven’t done ANYTHING. I’m looking for proof. Shouldn’t be too hard.
After all, a common response to “Why hasn’t the UN fixed Korea?” or “What has the UN done about Iranian nukes?” is “The UN can’t fix that sort of stuff, but look at all the humanitarian missions the UN runs.” Although I disagree that the UN shouldn’t be fixing Korea or addressing Iranian nukes, I’m convinced that the humanitarian aid argument holds water. I’m simply looking for proof.
That’s what I wanted “brought on”, not more bashing.
UPDATE 2: Hell in a Handbasket’s James Rummel comments at Chicagoboyz, and gets a reply. A UN link to a UN .pdf summarizing aid. It looks impressive, but does anyone outside the UN have any info on any of this aid? Where are the pictures? Surely $717 million of donations (not just pledges, actual donations) must look like something.
As for what US aid looks like, I’m working on something special. Check back soon.
But that’s all I’ve found. Is it possible that the media is so focused on showing the US help out that they’re ignoring United Nations efforts?