Somehow, United Nations resolutions make quite a few folks feel just all warm and fuzzy inside… but they shouldn’t.
The reason is quite simple; United Nations resolutions, proclamations, votes or decrees regarding that rather slippery “international law” simply aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
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Nonetheless, the American media continues to report breathlessly every time the United Nations General Assembly or Security Council passes or rejects whatever the topic de jure happens to be durring the current news cycle.
A prime example would be the video report published today by USA TODAY in which they excitedly noted;
The United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting on North Korea following their latest missile launch.
OK, good for the United Nations Security Council. But honestly, as I ask quite plainly, so what?
The fact of the matter is that the United States never surrendered our national sovereignty over to the United Nations.
In regards to so-called “international law” binding on the average American citizen upon pain of imprisonment, be they resolutions from the United Nations to agreements between the US and Mexico in relation to our shared border in the Rio Grande, the Constitution pretty much makes everything clear;
He [the President of the United States] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur…
In other words only the president can introduce proposed treaties only to the US Senate. If and when the same proposed treaty passes by a two thirds vote, only then is it a legitimate law.
But as many in the pro-UN crowd reference, the United States did constitutionally ratify the UN Charter at the close of the Second World War.
Sadly for the pro-UN crowd, all the United States did was to agree to the framework of an international peacekeeping organization, but not to surrender our national sovereignty to that same organization.
Furthermore, President Harry Truman didn’t wait for the UN Security Council to “authorize” military force to be used against the invading North Koreans in 1950.
Two days before the UN even bothered to vote on use of force in the Korean peninsula, Truman committed US troops to the fight;
On hearing of the invasion, President Harry S. Truman ordered General Douglas MacArthur, stationed in Japan, to use U.S. naval and air forces to stem the North Korean advance. Disagreeing with his advisers, who called for unilateral U.S. airstrikes against the North Korean forces, Truman stipulated that they were not allowed to attack north of the 38th parallel, and especially not into Chinese or Russian territory, as Truman wanted to keep the Chinese and Russians out of the conflict.
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