President Donald Trump has served notice to the World Health Organization that the U.S. will no longer take part in its kleptocratic incompetence and its cozying up to dictators and tyrants, including its biggest influencer, China. The reckoning is long overdue. So is one with the United Nations, its parent organization, whose behavior has been far worse.
WHO is one of a number of global organizations, the U.N. among them, funded mainly by U.S. taxpayers. Despite its support from the U.S., WHO is yet another multilateral agency that acts as if its job is to oppose and confound America.
As such, WHO’s fumbling, overtly pro-China response to the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year should be no surprise.
It’s now common knowledge that, at China’s urging and prodding, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, underplayed the initial outbreak of the virus.
WHO had long maintained China had informed it of the disease’s sudden appearance in Wuhan. But on June 29, WHO changed its timeline of events surrounding the outbreak, reflecting that in fact China hadn’t told it at all. No, WHO’s Beijing office learned of it from the internet.
The time lost in dealing with the viral threat proved costly. As the revised text in WHO’s timeline notes, “WHO’s Country Office in the People’s Republic of China picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from their website on cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.”
So in other words, WHO didn’t even know what was wrong, only that there was an unusual “pneumonia of unknown cause” cluster in Wuhan. The Chinese government was not forthcoming.
Why did WHO’s Tedros pretend China had informed the organization when it didn’t?
He had forged a bond with China, a very special connection based on far-left politics. As Breitbart noted back in April, Tedros “is not a medical doctor and is a member of a Marxist-Leninist Ethiopian political party that analysts have listed as a perpetrator of terrorism.”
Quite a resume. Any wonder that WHO did China’s bidding, leading to the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide? For the Communist Party in China, as elsewhere, individual lives are nothing, the party is everything. As Stalin reputedly said, one death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
Tedros tacitly allowed China to keep Taiwan out of WHO, another favor for Chinese premier Xi Jinping.
Why so solicitous of Xi Jinping? RealClearPolitics sorted it out in a piece published last March. It’s linked to the years that Tedros served as foreign minister of Ethiopia:
“Between 2012 and 2016, when he held that post, China invested $13.6 billion in that African nation. The money went to a railway to connect Ethiopia to Djibouti. It was spent on building a six-lane highway. The funding funded a metro system and a skyscraper and then another one and another one. Politico documented how that Chinese cash transformed the skyline of Addis Ababa long before Tedros was at the helm of a global response to a pandemic.”
So, in other words, Tedros was basically Xi’s man at WHO.
“Tedros is the second-to-last person who should be heading the World Health Organization at this time,” foreign affairs commentator and China expert Gordon Chang told Fox News. “The last person is (Chinese President) Xi Jinping.”
So the U.S. decision to leave a corrupt organization should be applauded, not criticized.
We should never allow ourselves to be sullied by taking part in such incompetence, while paying for its officials’ lavish salaries and privileged bureaucratic perks.
We’d take it a step further, however. It’s become increasingly clear from observing the United Nations itself that it, too, suffers from many of the same ailments as WHO.
It spends billions and dollars but achieves little or nothing at all. It’s a feel-good bureaucracy that lets globalists pretend they’re addressing the world’s problems, but instead empowers dictators and authoritarians to do their worst.
Take but one example: the Human Rights Council. More than half its members are non-democracies, and include human rights violators Libya, Venezuela, Eritrea and others.
But what’s really strange about the U.N., and inexcusable, is its bizarre fixation on condemning Israel for lawful acts, while ignoring the killing, torturing and murder-by-government of many of its less-savory members.
Lest you think it an exaggeration, consider this: Since 2015, according the the U.N. Watch database, there have been 101 condemnatory resolutions against Israel brought to the floor of the General Assembly. All other nations total 35, six of which were against the U.S.
There are many, many other flaws with the New York-based U.N., far too many to enumerate here. Indeed, its misdeeds and malfeasance could fill several books.
At some point, as with WHO, we may decide that our continued participation in the travesty that is the U.N. just isn’t worth it anymore. It doesn’t keep peace, it doesn’t make people freer, it doesn’t create wealth.
Really, what does it do? Nothing.
In fact, created after World War II with the highest of ideals and ambitions, the U.N. has been a dismal failure. Maybe it’s time to walk away and force it to find another home.
— Written by the I&I Editorial Board