Canada stands tall at UN
The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, which controls the small terrorist base camp called Gaza, went to war against Israel last month, raining down hundreds of rockets on Israeli civilian areas.
As a reward, last Thursday the United Nations recognized Palestine as a state.
Not a full membership voting state, but a “non-member observer state.”
So this terrorist compound now has the same status at the UN as the Vatican.
Taiwan, for comparison, is not recognized as a member state. In the eyes of the United Nations, a terrorist group is morally superior to Taiwan, a liberal democracy, and ally of the west and freedom generally.
But of course they’ve done this. The UN, which was formed in the wake of the Second World War in part to stop a repeat of Hitler’s carnage, has become the greatest force for modern anti-Semitism, with a constant stream of anti-Israel resolutions. The UN regularly condemns Israel, the sole liberal democracy in the Middle East, but acts as a lawyer for every dictator from Iran to Syria to Egypt — really, anyone who hates Jews or America.
Canadians should be proud that our country stood up against the Saudi Arabias and Russias and Irans of the world, and voted against giving this moral victory to terrorists.
There are many reasons why giving a reward to Palestinian terrorists is wrong. The most obvious is just that: It’s a moral reward for terrorists.
Second, it’s siding with one side of a two-sided dispute, the other side of which is a democratic country called Israel.
Israel and the Palestinians have a number of negotiations under way, some of them supervised or even governed by the United Nations. Why would the UN pre-empt those negotiations, prejudge their outcome, and reward Hamas with this victory?
This isn’t just taking sides against Israel. It’s taking sides against Palestinian Arabs too. In every single negotiation between the two sides, a major demand by Israel is for the Palestinians to set up their own democratic institutions — independent courts, a free press, banks that aren’t just thieved by Palestinian bosses, and so on.
The Israeli theory is that a free, democratic Palestine would be far less likely to go to war against Israel than a Palestine run by terrorist warlords.
So this UN resolution doesn’t just undo Israel, it undoes ordinary Palestinians. It’s the UN saying they like the way things are done in Gaza right now — Shariah law, executions in the street, a permanent terrorist culture.
But there’s something else. What precedent does this set at the UN in terms of recognizing a separatist movement that has not negotiated its own success, but rather engages in violence?
If the UN can grant observer state status to the PLO and Hamas for Palestine, why not for Quebec?
Quebec had its terrorist group, too — the Front de Liberation du Quebec. If they petitioned the UN, would they be granted state status?
How about Northern Ireland and the IRA?
Or even the armed Mohawk warriors at Oka?
All of these groups oppose the democratic, liberal countries they’re affiliated with. Would the UN dare to interfere with Canadian or U.K. sovereignty? Why not? They just did it to Israel.
Canada should leave the United Nations, and be part of a new league of democracies. Let the dictators have their own club — not with us in it, and not in New York, please.
But as long as we’re in the UN, the least we can do is to stop forking over hundreds of millions of dollars a year to UN projects — including to UN-run schools in Gaza that teach anti-semitism along with Arabic and math.
This column appeared in Sun Media December 2 2012.