U.S. Suffers Historic Loss in Front of UN General Assembly

Thu, Dec 21, 2017

After the veto of the United States against the resolution concerning the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in the United Nations security council, where they were the only country in opposition, they suffered an astounding defeat when the vote was repeated in the UN general assembly. Beforehand Trump and his UN ambassador Haley actually had the indecency to threaten countries who would vote in support for the resolution with financial repercussions. Democracy is only fun as long as people agree with you I guess.

Thankfully, if at all, those threats rather managed to foster the support for the resolution that suports the longstanding international consensus, as the Guardian calls it, that the status of Jerusalem can only be settled in the framework of a peace deal with both sides, Israel and Palestine, accepting the terms. As it makes sense, if two parties are fighting over something the only proper solution is to have them both in agreement on a deal that works for both sides, not one doing what he wants to because he thinks he is in the right. Guess what, the other side could think exactly the same, doesn’t help the peace really.

Either way, out of the 193 countries part of the United Nations general assembly 128 voted for the resolution, 35 abstained, 21 were absent, and 9 opposed. The 9 opposing countries consist of the USA, Israel, and the political powerhouses Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guatemala, as well as Honduras. With 128 for the resolution and 35 abstained this would not be too bad had the whole issue just been about Jerusalem. But, as the UN envoy to Palestine, Riyad Mansour, so eloquently put it

They made it about them. They did not make it about Jerusalem, so when you make it about them and to only be able to get nine votes to say ‘no’ to it, I think it was a complete failure for their campaign.

And he is right. The scare tactics as in “We will write down who votes against us!” defined a new all-time low for US international politics. Fucking up and then trying to scare others into keeping their mouth shut is plain old bullying and not worthy of an international stage such as this.

Just as well, accepting defeat and apologizing for extremely dishonorable behaviour would be too easy, as Haley was quick to pick up where she left off:

I must also say today: when we make generous contributions to the UN, we also have expectation that we will be respected. What’s more, we are being asked to pay for the dubious privileges of being disrespected.

No, you fucked up because you mistook investing in democracy with buying votes. The disrespect came when you started to threaten countries because you were affraid that simple bribery won’t do.

And of course Israel jumped on the blame train with their UN ambassador Danny Dannon inventing a new conspiracy theory

You are like puppets pulled by your Palestinian masters.

Yes, you hit the nail on the head there. 163 different countries, spread all over the world, are being manipulated by Palestine. This must be the single greatest con ever to see the light of day. Maybe this also explains why my own country Germany voted for the resolution as well - even the Guardian seemed to be mildly surprised. I am usually used to our chancellor Angela Merkel being the first to applaud whatever the current president of the US has set out to do. Especially when it comes to invading foreign nations. So who knows, maybe we are all being manipulated… or maybe Trump and his administration just make it blatantly easy for our politicians to grow a pair :)