Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

November 1, 2007

UN Overwhelmingly Asks US to End Its Embargo of Cuba

Filed under: politics — Tags: , — codesmithy @ 5:54 am

The United Nations has urged the United States to end its embargo of Cuba that has been in place for the past 45 years. Every year, for the past 16 years, the U.N. General Assembly has passed a resolution calling for the embargo to end. The final vote this time was 183-4 with 1 abstention. The three other nations standing by the United States on this issue are Israel, Paula, and the Marshall Islands. The Federated States of Micronesia was the one country that abstained. One can only conclude that the United States must have lost its sway with Tuvalu and Nauru this time around.

Similar to the unconditional support for Israel, the United States finds itself on the other side of a vast international consensus. Surrounding itself with its partner in crime Israel, and a few supplicants it can drag along. The hollowness of this support should be transparent, not by the fact that we are able to get two nations that vitally need United States support for their well-being to go along, but by the vast number of nations that receive some support and don’t. What is even more striking is to see the lack of support from other allies still helping the U.S. in Iraq such as the United Kingdom, South Korea, Australia and Poland. It wasn’t that they abstained, or were absent like Albania, El Salvador, and Iraq. Most of our strongest allies and the vast majority of the coalition of the willing voted against the embargo.

This vote is another example of the failure of diplomacy. The United States is unable to build a consensus through the voluntary consent of nations. Voluntary consent – the only power over men that the founding documents of this nation recognize as valid. So when U.S. politicians so shrilly condemn other nations for stepping outside the lines of acceptability in the international community, every citizen of this nation should be aware the blatant hypocrisy of our leaders demonstrate unabashedly in front of the eyes and ears of the world.

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