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A couple of weeks ago, a UN special rapporteur on the right for food, Olivier De Schutter, finished an 11-day visit to Canada – his first to a developed country. Unbelievably, he handed our government a laundry list of recommendations on very serious concerns about food safety.  One has to wonder if perhaps he booked a flight to the wrong continent from where he really intended to go.

Clearly the time has come for a serious global examination of the role and viability of the UN.  The United Nations was created in a post-world-war reality. Today the organization has lost its focus, influence, and authority.

The UN has demonstrated a remarkable powerlessness in Iraq, in Lebanon, in Africa, in Syria, in Egypt, and in North Korea (need I go on) to say nothing of its role in combating terrorism.  The last thing we need is the very expensive empty platitudes and banal diplomatic posturing that we are witnessing with alarming regularity from this organization.

Sadly the UN has become a repository for inept and bungling senior bureaucrats from every member nation. Even the choice of Secretary General is based not on merit and competence, but on some bizarre politically correct rotation that no one but senior UN bureaucrats understand.

First the United Nations accepts as members countries with atrocious human rights records and anti-democratic, autocratic regimes. Then the United Nations takes unsupportable stands against democratic nations like their 79 resolutions directly critical of Israel since 2010; or their complete lack of control or influence over the situation in Syria. As recently as yesterday, in a statement condemning Syria for the Houla massacre, the UN Security Council issued a quote “non-binding” end of quote condemnation.

But the prize has to go to Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe and accused of ethnic cleansing, who has reportedly been asked by the United Nations to champion tourism. Mugabe, has been honored as a “leader for tourism” by the UN’s World Tourism Organization. The list goes on and on and on.

With the dawning of a new century we are witnessing a new era in international associations. The world is dividing into multi-dimensional segments on geographic and ideological lines:  a European Union growing weaker by the day; an Asia growing increasingly stronger economically; a Middle East struggling with the Arab Spring; and religious tensions that know no borders.

The alliances that the UN represents have become irrelevant. It is time to put an end to the trillions of dollars that entities such as these cost taxpayers and look to a new solution.

In every society, there is a collective social acceptance that a portion of hard-earned tax dollars is allocated to compassionate international assistance. It is time for due diligence on what and how that money is spent! Anything less is a failure to the people who need it most – the ones the Olivier De Schutter should have been visiting!