Is it any wonder that western governments are becoming more obstructive and skeptical about the UN. They are the kings of flip-flop-ing, changing their minds and shifting the blame whenever they held to account for their (in)actions.
Take this report for example, (via the Captain) that blames the corruption endemic in their assistance programs on the huge amounts of money and resources provided for these rebuilding and assistance programs:
The ravages of modern warfare are too often compounded by ill-conceived and expensive post-war reconstruction projects that fuel a "feeding frenzy" of corruption and profiteering.
The report, citing graft from Liberia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to Lebanon and Afghanistan, said the overwhelming international response after wars was simply to pump large amounts of money into rebuilding programs without proper control.
"What is difficult enough to try to manage in times of peace becomes even more problematic in post-war situations where the sheer scale of works...and the weakness of public oversight create opportunities for the corrupt of historic proportions," it said.
So what to do? If we give heed the UN's request to give more money and aid resources, we fanning the flames of "corruption and profiteering; don't give enough, and we are branded as being stingy. Go figure.
Do they want our money or don't they? I think they do, but they appear to want to avoid being held accountable for how it is spent. If we give too much and it ends up in the wrong hands, the UN can blame us!
Maybe instead of blaming those who generously open their wallets, the UN should have produced a report that examined the reasons it can't run aid programs without everyone in creation sticking their snout the trough. It is classic UN accountability-avoidance. Where there is no accountability and large sums of money, corruption is never far behind.
So is it any wonder that countries like Australia are bypassing the UN when it comes to providing aid for the victims of the Asian tsunami, demanding a greater presence on the ground and direct personal input on how our money is spent. We are better off working out what to do and how to do it with the big, ugly bureaucrat. Especially given Indonesia's appetite for corruption.
I dunno why Australia even bothers to remain one of the 191 UN Member states. As the Captain points out:
"It answers to no one and controls billions of dollars in various aid programs. To blame the resultant corruption on the money clearly demonstrates what an ethically bankrupt organization the UN has become, and why we should endeavor to make it a financially bankrupt one as a result."