For many Americans the United Nations has been considered a money pit for U.S. dollars and a haven for some of the world’s most ruthless dictators. The latest being Friday’s announcement that Iran has won election to the world body's Commission on the Status of Women.
The Obama administration did nothing to oppose the move. Now the Iranians have a full four-years to mold the CSW into their view of women and the world – a thoroughly scary thought for half the population of the planet.
Oh, they didn’t achieve this lofty position without a “fight.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reported that women in Iran are "subject to discrimination, entrenched both in law and in practice" and women's rights activists face "persecution."
That apparently fell on deaf ears, so the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power tweeted: "Given record on women's & human rights, this is an outrage." It was followed by Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman for four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. during the George W. Bush administration. He said, "Ambassador Power can tweet her outrage after the fact all she wants. She should have been in the room for the vote and demanded a secret ballot rather than allow an automatic acclamation by her silence."
There wasn’t and the Iranians have the last laugh at an organization low on morale on high on anxiety. The present situation portrays the U.N. as nothing more than a joke.
CNS News explained the situation like this: “There were 11 vacancies to fill and each of the five regional groups put forward the same number of candidates as there were vacancies available for that group. But if just one member of the 54-member U.N. Economic and Social Council, which elects CSW members, objected to Iran's candidacy, a secret ballot vote would then have to be called. If Iran did not receive the minimum number of votes required, another member state in Iran's group would have been elected instead.”
Now the Western democracies just stand back and allow this insane vote go through? After the April 23 election, no less than three board members of the National Iranian American Council wrote that Iran "has taken every conceivable step to deter women's progress."
Those were Iranian words. A September 2012 U.N. report stated that under Iran's Islamic code, "a woman's testimony in a court of law is regarded as half that of a man's and a woman's life is still valued as half that of a man's.”
The rest of the Rogues Gallery of countries in the new four-year commission are Cuba, Russia, China, Venezuela, Sudan, and Pakistan. Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, said it best - "By empowering the perpetrators over the victims, the U.N. harms the cause of human rights, betrays its founding principles, and undermines its own credibility."