EDITORIAL: Leaders — Start A New U.N.


United Nations Photo by Ron Miskoff

People complain that the United Nations has lost its purpose. I tend to agree with that. We all know what happened in France with the slaughter that occurred at the newspaper headquarters of Charlie Hebdo.

Unfortunately a Jewish Deli was also attacked and innocent victims were murdered there, too. We saw where masses of people came together worldwide with signs saying, “We are Chalie Hebdo.”

In France, forty world heads of state gathered to show solidarity in ridding the world of terrorism.

I would like to see the same leaders and the masses that gathered to protest the slaying’s in France also protest the slaying’s and injustices around the world.

Case in point: Remember the young girls that were kidnapped and sold as child brides? No disrespect to Michelle Obama, but a homemade sign telling these kidnappers bring our girls home did not cut it. Your message should have been stronger. You do have two young daughters the same age as those girls.I applaud President Obama for sending a team to help find the kidnapped Nigerian girls.

What about the hundreds of Christians being slaughtered? What about making signs and having mass protests against  those who commit these barbaric acts?

This is what I would like to see. It puzzles me when I hear about some people who make anti-Semitic remarks and say we should protest against Israel.

Again, my friend Jeff in Arizona sent me an email a couple of months ago. In this email, it said, “If you want to protest against Israel – go all the way!” This email was very interesting because it listed accomplishments made by Jewish individuals that are common inventions that we take for granted in everyday life.

From www.simpletoremember.com: At least 170 Jews and persons of half-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize, (1) accounting for 22% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2005, and constituting 37% of all US recipients (2) during the same period.  In the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics, the corresponding world and US percentages are 26% and 39%, respectively.  (Jews currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world’s population and 2% of the US population.) 

We all knew about Jonas Salk who discovered the Polio Vaccine and the accomplishments of Albert Einstein. Did you know Gabriel Lipmann discovered color photography? Julius Mayer discovered law of thermodynamics. Briton Epstein identified first cancer virus. G. Edelman discovered chemical structure of antibodies. Selman Waksman discovered Streptomycin and coined the word ‘antibiotic’.

So if you want to boycott the Jewish people – will you stop using the life saving treatments that they have discovered? I think not.

Don’t get me wrong, every ethnic group has made contributions to better society. I just don’t understand why some groups get the brunt of criticism.

The United Nations as it exists today is not doing the job that it was formed to do.

This is from the UN Charter: • to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and

• to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

• to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and

• to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples.

Do you think they are succeeding? I’d like to hear your opinions on anything stated here.  C.M.

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