Monday, July 23, 2012

Newt Gingrich's To Save America 5

In my latest reading of Newt Gingrich's To Save America: Stopping Obama's Secular-Socialist Machine, two chapters that stood out to me were "Chapter Eight: The Corruption of Climate Science by the Secular-Socialist Machine", and "Chapter Nine: Corruption at the United Nations".

In Chapter 8, Newt talks about how there are believers in human-caused global warming who have sought to suppress debate, who have argued on the basis of non-scientific statements by environmental groups, and who have hyped up global warming in order to get more money in research grants.

In this post, I'm not going to thoroughly research Newt's charges and the responses to them by believers in human-made global warming.  Wikipedia's article here may give you a good start if you are inclined to read up on this, or if I decide to read up on it in the future.  I will, however, ask some questions.  First of all, Newt acknowledges that there is an ideological motivation behind those who say that there is human-caused global warming, a desire to shape policy.  Does this not imply that, notwithstanding whatever deceptive tactics they may use (assuming they even are using deceptive tactics), they truly believe that humans are causing global warming, for some reason?  Why should we assume that their concern is baseless?  Second, while there may be people who have non-scientific justifications for their position that humans are causing global warming, there are also climatologists who offer scientific justifications for this view.  Shouldn't their views be taken seriously, on some level?  

In Chapter 9, Newt talks about such issues as corruption in the UN's humanitarian, peacekeeping, and renovation projects; how certain UN groups have called for a redistribution of the world's wealth; how the UN Human Rights Council condemns the United States and Israel often but rarely criticizes other dictatorships; how the Human Rights Council has members that themselves are abusers of human rights; and how President Barack Obama's administration is part of the problem rather than part of the solution, for his administration supported some measures calling on governments to outlaw the defamation of religions, such as Islam (even though Newt acknowledges that it opposed other such measures).  You can read more about this issue here.

Newt says on page 137 that "until the UN drops its resistance to anti-corruption measures, the United States should work to minimize the organization's importance", and that "Whenever possible, we should operate through well-functioning bilateral and regional organizations outside the UN framework."

Newt probably has valid criticisms of the UN.  But I don't think that the UN is currently a danger to the U.S., and so I see no reason for us to withdraw from it.  That's just my opinion, based on what I know at the moment.  Newt talks about how the Human Rights Council condemns the U.S. and how elements of the UN desire for wealth to be redistributed, and how there is a desire among some within the Human Rights Council that governments ban the defamation of religion.  But, as far as I know, the UN has no power to make the U.S. do anything. 

I suppose, though, that the UN can be problematic in a couple of areas.  First, if we sign a UN treaty or an agreement, say, to ban the defamation of religion, then the UN's desires are becoming policy.  I wouldn't want for that to happen, for I believe that I should have the right to criticize any religion I want.  I hope that my country's leaders are on the same page on this.  Second, if we're involved in a peacekeeping mission, we should take heed that the UN's peacekeeping apparatus does not contain elements that are rooting against us and for our enemies.  I think of a right-wing tract I once read against the UN, which said that we fought the Korean War under the authority of a UN official who was a Communist!  I don't know if this was true, but it's something to be careful about.

Overall, I think that the UN can be a good place for us to listen to the concerns of other nations, even if the UN is not always good and fair (and, here's a newsflash: the same can be said about the U.S.!).

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