Over the last couple of months, more and more information has come to light regarding the UN's Oil-for-Food Program for Iraq. While the Left constantly whines about the "profiteering of Haliburton", it seems that the main profiteer in Iraq was the UN, the very institution these people want to give more power to. Claudia Rosett has a very good article
about this program in Commentary Magazine.
The record of the UN in the last 10 years or so, in conjunction with the revelations about this latest scandal, is of an entirely unreliable and amoral institution:
-Ignoring the preventable genocide in Rwanda
-Standing by and allowing the genocide in Bosnia to proceed
-Inability to stabilize Kosovo
-Ignoring the genocide in Sudan
-Inability to take action against Iraq despite repeated resolutions and threats of action
-The Durban Conference
-Constant attacks against Israel for defending itself (see Anne Bayefsky's article
It is clear that the UN has become nothing more than a place to talk, not an institution that has the ability to take any action or live up to the grand ideals of its founding. The question, then, is why does the Left (and the Democratic Party) want to give more authority and influence to this institution of tyrants and appeasers.