[Published in Newsmax Show UN the Door | Newsmax.com]
It's time for the United Nations (UN) to leave America.
The UN has definitely overstayed its welcome. Recent remarks by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the overwhelming adoption of a Hamas inspired resolution by the General Assembly, crossed the line of decency.
These actions should be the last of many straws that the UN has heaped on American soil.
The UN’s being on the wrong side of issues is terrible by any measure. It turned a blind eye to the tens of millions killed by Communism. The UN continues to ignore the lives destroyed by slavery and tribal wars. The UN ignores those suffering under tyrants who lead many of their member nations. The UN ignores how corruption and waste infests every aspect of its operations.
On December 10, 1945, the U.S. Congress formally invited the United Nations to have its headquarters in America. Congress can formally uninvite the UN.
The New York City School System spends $80 million a year for educating the children of UN Diplomats. It spends $8 million a year on protecting UN Diplomats and handling the traffic snarls during the annual opening of the General Assembly. The U.S. State Department spends $31 million a year on protecting UN Diplomats.
NYC annually loses $72 million in property tax revenue as the UN Headquarters sits on tax exempt land. UN employees are tax exempt from federal and state income taxes. Annually, this revenue loss is approximately $400 million in federal and state taxes and $26 million for NYC.
The NYC government will not miss $16 million in unpaid parking tickets from UN Diplomats.
The U.S. will not miss it. Intelligence agencies consistently describe the United Nations as a “spy nest”. On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration exposed and expelled 12 spies within Russia’s UN delegation. How many spies are operating under diplomatic cover among the 193 member delegations?
So where should the United Nations go? Johannesburg, South Africa.
The current political environment of South Africa is a United Nations creation. Starting on November 6, 1962, South Africa’s government was singled-out for extinction. Over the years, harsher measures were implemented to pressure South African leaders to share power with their native population. This included suspending South Africa’s UN Membership on November 14, 1974. In 1994, the UN welcomed South Africa back into the fold after democratic reforms were implemented.
Moving the UN to Johannesburg would bring its policies “home to roost”.
Johannesburg has the third highest crime rate in Africa. While it is cheaper to live there than NYC, it has terrible public transportation, high air pollution, and prone to power outages.
Third world dictators may have difficulty enticing their delegations to work in Johannesburg once the swanky apartments and lavish NYC expense account restaurants are a thing of the past.
The most compelling reason for the United Nations to move to Johannesburg is the BRICS.
Formed in 2010, the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have established an alternative global reality to the G7 and G20 nations. The BRICS nations hope to overtake the western-oriented groups of nations as the focus of 21st Century economic and political vitality.
Moving the UN to Johannesburg places it at the center of BRICS’ geopolitics. That is a plus for them.
The $2 billion in local job creation would be the West’s final gift to South Africa’s economy.
It is also a plus for the G7/G20 (all BRICS countries are members of the G20). Having the UN “out of sight, out of mind” places it where it should be - on the other side of the planet wallowing in its anti-West, anti-freedom, anti-capitalist agenda. The rants of its leaders and its resolutions will not have the same “gravitas” deprived of its “New York City, USA” imprimatur. UN diplomats will not have easy access to the U.S. media being 7,900 miles away.
Having the United Nations out of the United States would be a giant step forward in clearing the West’s political landscape.
Congress can go on the record now for sending the UN packing. It will take a Republican President to make it a reality.