U.S. should rethink U.N. funding if Palestinian resolution approved: senator

Reuters has the story U.S. should rethink U.N. funding if Palestinian resolution approved: senator.

The U.S. Congress should reconsider funding for the United Nations if the Security Council approves a resolution on Palestinian statehood, Republican Senator John McCain said on Sunday.

Now here is something that Senator McCain and I can agree on.  The U.S. should consider increasing its funding to the U.N. were it able to pass a reasonable resolution on Palestinian statehood.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may actually have done us a favor by finally giving us a reason to stop blocking the Palestinians from getting U.N. recognition as a state.  If Netanyahu and hawkish American Senators think the way to get cooperation from a foreign country is to impose tough sanctions, maybe it is time to try this “successful” strategy on Israel.

I suppose Reuters own article Iran rejects ‘bullying’ as West stresses unity in nuclear talks can be used to show how successful this can be.

Iran’s top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take “difficult decisions”.

With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline for a framework agreement, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced U.S. “bullying” in the negotiations and repeated Tehran’s denial that it was seeking to develop a nuclear weapon.

It seems that we have come to a consensus that bullying in the schoolyard needs to be stopped.  What do we teach our kids when we show them that we believe in bullying in foreign affairs?

Here is an excerpt from the book Ethics, Liberalism and Realism in International Relations that shows how some “elite” diplomats think.

Book excerpt

To me, this shows why “elite” diplomats are very dangerous.  When you have disdain for “ordinary” morals, what constraints do you have at all? I fear that President Obama, Secretary John Kerry, and Secretary Hillary Clinton have all been infected with Henry Kissinger’s theories of diplomacy.

Google translate couldn’t handle this, but a regular Google search could.

noun: Weltanschauung; plural noun: Weltanschauungen

a particular philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group.

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