What is the United Nations, what is its purpose for being and why did it even come into existence at all? Frighteningly, the answers to those questions, when juxtaposed with a chilling new documentary, "U.N. Me," only serve to underscore just how far the international organization -- that was established to advance human rights, economic development and peace around the world -- has strayed from its founding principles.
In an interview that aired on Wednesday night's Glenn Beck Program, U.N. Me's director -- Ami Horowitz -- discussed the motivations behind making the documentary and why he chose to interweave humor into what is clearly sombre subject matter. The movie's website explains:
Horowitz exposes how an organization created to ennoble mankind actually enables chaos and global discord. As disturbing as the picture painted by U.N. Me may be, Horowitz manages to keep us laughing throughout the film. And just when you’re left shaking your head at one outrage or another exposed in U.N. Me, Horowitz reliably enters with comic relief.
Formed in 1945 after World War II, the U.N. now boasts 193 member-states -- a portion of which comprise some of the West's staunchest enemies. Ironically, the preamble to the U.N. charter even mirrors the U.S. Constitution, beginning with the phrase, "we the peoples of the United Nations." It goes on to explain how U.N. member states are:
...determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained...
Horowitz exposes, in the cold, hard light of day, how those tenets have been abandoned for greed, power and status. He also details a series of abuses, injustices and corruption that have directly led to a range of atrocities -- from child molestation to outright genocide -- to take place under U.N. stewardship, without so much as batting an eye. While U.N. Me's revelations will raise pulses, it is an important exposé for those who believe there is no room in the United States to harbor an organization that gives legitimacy to the world's most flagrant abusers of human rights.
Below is an exclusive clip of U.N. Me, which will be available for download and in select theaters on June 1st:
Ironically, even members of leftwing filmmaker Michael Moore's writing and editorial staff participated in the documentary. When asked how Moore's team felt about U.N. Me, Horowitz told Beck that they "were as outraged as you and me" and that he was intent on not skewing the film with an either right or left-wing bias.
As a result of Horowitz's efforts, he has since endured what essentially amounts to two separate death threats, the first occurring outside his Manhattan home, when a well-dressed man asked the filmmaker if the movie was "more important" than his family. The other instance occurred when Horowitz was on location on the Ivory Coast and, aside from having certain personal items stripped from his hotel, found a picture of a man with his head "blown off" placed gingerly on his bed.
Beck, shaken but perhaps not surprised by the account, asked the director what it is that "they don't want you to tell."
"At the end of the day, what it comes down to is [that] we’re paying north of $8 billion a year for an organization which is working against American interest," Horowitz began. "And they're scared that once we wake up and realize...the gravy train will stop."
Of course the most glaring example of U.N. incompetence if not outright intentional subversion is manifested in its willingness to allow Iran to continue its nuclear program. Horowitz believes that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) -- funded by tax dollars via the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank -- likely wants Iran to successfully develop a nuclear weapon to counterbalance Israel. Iran was only one of several examples Horowitz spotlights in the documentary, which he dubs "docutainment" due to its humorous elements.
In terms of there being a chance that the U.S. could dismantle the United Nations, Beck noted that reform is practically impossible because "they [U.N. leaders] don't answer to anybody." Horowitz agreed and noted that the only move that would effect any change at all, is if the U.S. finally began withholding funding.
Horowitz also told Beck why he believes conservatives are "losing a big battle in the culture war," and that he chose the film, rather than the radio or literary medium to convey his message for that very purpose. If people don't support the film, "we’re gonna lose," he said pointedly.
After watching U.N. Me, you will wonder how the blood on Kofi Annan, and his predecessor, Boutros Boutros-Ghali's hands will ever wash off.