PRES. BUCKWHEAT GETS AN UNESCO SURPRISE!
(c) 2011 Baba RumraisinBy William PLEASANT
On Monday, the Palestinians won membership to UNESCO (the United Nation's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). This was a first step in the their quest for state status within the United Nations system. And predictably, the Obama regime, following its orders from the zionists--in and out of Tel Aviv--voted against the seemingly innocuous measure. UNESCO is actually an impoverished international agency tasked with promoting educational/scientific exchange and the protection of antiquities around the globe. It has no teeth beyond moral suasion. Nonetheless, President Buckwheat fell over himself in attacking the UNESCO election of the PLO as a threat to the non-existent peace negotiations currently brokered by the US and its junior partners in Europe. He announced that the US would withdraw its $60 million annual funding of UNESCO as a chastisement of the world body for accepting the Palestinians into its fold. Why such a violent reaction to an ostensibly pantomine gesture of recognition to the Palestinians? Why would Barak Obama go hand-in-glove with Israel's neo-fascist Likud Block in announcing that he would also begin "punishing" Palestine for joining UNESCO? The reasons will never be discussed in the zionist-dominated US mainstream media.
But think about this:
On cue, Benny Natanyahu's "vengeful" gangsters have moved to build 2000 new housing units for "Jews Only" on stolen West Bank real estate. The white settler regime will also hold on to sales tax and customs revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority. And yes, the zionists will kick UNESCO out of its squat, lest the Palestinians begin naming their own candidate sites for World Heritage status--i.e., the Israelis will no longer be able to damage or loot Palestinian cultural goods with impunity. Meanwhile, the US-financed Israeli wehrmacht and luftwaffe have made forays into the Gaza Strip since the UNESCO vote. This was Israel's active revenge for the Palestinians getting uppity at the UN. [Gotta put the Sand Nigras in their places, right?]. But Israeli military atrocities and land theft against Palestinians are just business as usual, although they conveniently and predictably captured the headlines in the last few days. The settler colony's "punishment" of the Palestinians is actually a 24/7/365 routine, just as the US government's financial and political promotion of the zionist agenda in Palestine is as pedestrian as daily mail delivery. The zionist revenge against the Palestinians, actually a mass media-generated smokescreen, obscures the real political threat that the UNESCO vote poses to the entire zionist-US criminal enterprise.
Former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray has argued that, after winning UNESCO membership, Palestine can now join the International Criminal Court.
"… the UNESCO membership is crucial recognition of Palestine’s statehood, not an empty gesture. With this evidence of international acceptance, there is now absolutely no reason why Palestine cannot, instantly and without a vote, join the International Criminal Court. Palestine can now become a member of the International Criminal Court simply by submitting an instrument of accession to the Statute of Rome, and joining the list of states parties. As both the USA and Israel refuse to join the ICC because of their desire to commit war crimes with impunity, acceding to the statute of Rome would not only confirm absolutely that Palestine is a state, it would reinforce the fact that Palestine is a better international citizen with more moral legitimacy than Israel. There is an extremely crucial point here: if Palestine accedes to the Statute of Rome, under Article 12 of the Statute of Rome, the International Criminal Court would have jurisdiction over Israelis committing war crimes on Palestinian soil. Other states parties – including the UK – would be obliged by law to hand over indicted Israeli war criminals to the court at the Hague. This would be a massive blow to the Israeli propaganda and lobbying machine."
It is often said that the ICC cannot move against non-signatories. But the Mideast drama will take a different twist, given that the daily horrors of occupation inflicted upon Palestinians could take place on the landmass of a signatory nation. In short, the zionists would be subject to obligatory arrest and prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity under the Statute of Rome. The Israeli settler regime would be cornered.
Moreover, a roll count of the UNESCO vote on Palestine reveals the utter political isolation of Pres. Buckwheat and his zionist benefactors. Spain, France, Ireland, Austria, Finland and Greece in Europe voted in favor of Palestinian admission. The British, Italy and Denmark abstained, thus essentially supporting the Palestinians.
"No" votes were cast by Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Palau, Panama, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sweden, United States of America, Vanuatu. Australia, Canada and the Czech Republic are mere US vasal states. Germany will say yes to anything the zionists cook up for fear of being harangued about the Holocaust--a guilt relex, so to speak. The Netherlands is currently in the grip of a white, nationalistic anti-Islamic frenzy, so nobody there wants to be seen as "soft" on Muslims. A similar right wing politic is at play in Sweden. Pres. Buckwheat's UN "coalition of the willing" on behalf of its Israeli client is mighty peek-ed these days. Lithuania, Palau, Panama, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanatu are hardly major geo-political players. And it it is highly likely that ol' Bucky had to even twist their arms and put a NINE to their domes to get a NO vote.
The US hegemony over the UN system has been substantially weakened by the Palestinians, who will undoubtedly use the leverage of UNESCO admission to win official recognition from other UN bodies and agencies. The US has relied on its muscle to dictate global polices. That influence is waning now. What happens when US can't get its way with the International Telecommunication Union which allocates radio spectrum usage globally, "including the spectrum reserved for military and commercial use?" The World Health Organization is clearly important to the US for pumping money into the pocket of US-based pharmaceutical monopolies. The World Meteorological Organization? The World Intellectual Property Organization?...
Writes University of Michigan's Juan Cole:
"These sorts of UN organizations, which are, whether Americans want to recognize it or not, important to the United States, could be forced to expel the US and cease sharing information with it if it does not pay its dues. Congress in the 1990s, under the influence of the Israel lobbies, passed a law forbidding the US government from giving money to bodies that recognize Palestine."
Buckwheat has apparently shot the American people in the foot, in the name of copping bribes and influence from the zionist set in the US. He has certainly buried forever any notion that he has any intention of deviating from the agenda of the imperialistic wing of US monopoly capitalism in respect to the so-called Middle East. Standing firmly with his "Israeli allies," as the settler regime is politically rolled up around the world, has only hastened the coming of the day when an anti-apartheid style boycott of Israel will drive the settler regime back into the 19th century, white supremacist cesspool that spawned it.