Up to the UN Shows Americaís Greatness
By Jonathan S.
New York Post
June 4, 2018
happened again last week. When the UN Security Council voted
to condemn Israel for what happened along
its border with Gaza ó without even mentioning Hamas, let alone
acknowledging the terror groupís responsibility for the violence ó not a
single nation joined the United States in opposing the motion. When UN
Ambassador Nikki Haley then put forward a separate measure condemning Hamas, the
rest of the council either voted no or abstained.
leaves Americans asking whether fears about having the rest of the world aligned
against us are more important than pride in being willing to stand up and do the
right thing, even if it means being alone.
isnít the only time the US has stood alone recently and itís got the
foreign-policy establishment as well as Americaís European allies up in arms.
The same thing happened when President Trump recognized
Jerusalem as Israelís capital and when he pulled
out of the Iran nuclear deal. His critics took the refusal of Americaís
Western European allies to agree as a sign that his administrationís foreign
policy is doomed to fail.
contrast, they point to the Obama administrationís popularity with the
international community, which cheered as Barack Obama championed an effort to
appease and end the isolation of the Islamist regime. They were pleased as Obama
sought to put more ďdaylightĒ between the US and Israel and by his allowing
the Security Council to condemn Israel. Much of the world also approved of
Obamaís decision to punt responsibility for the slaughter in Syria and much
else to Russia.
love affair with international organizations like the UN was at the heart of his
faith in multilateralism. While not every interaction during that time began
with an apology for all of Americaís alleged sins, there was little question
that he wanted the world to know that the era when the US could impose its will
or its values on other nations seemed to be over.
stands won US diplomats a friendlier reception at UN cocktail parties. But the
real objective of any nationís foreign policy is to advance its interests and
values, not merely be liked. And by that standard, Obama was a dismal failure.
Palestinians spurned US-led peace talks. Nor, despite his repeated overtures,
did Obama cause Islamists to start loving America. His appeasement of Iran
didnít convince Tehran to change its dangerous behavior. It also scared
Americaís Arab allies as Russia and Iran became the ďstrong horsesĒ other
Europeans may resent Trumpís position on Iran and are especially angry at the
prospect of America enforcing sanctions against those who trade with Tehran. But
thatís the only way to force the regime to give up a nuclear quest Obama
ensured would eventually succeed with the nuclear deal or to get it to stop
building missiles, funding terror or pushing for regional hegemony.
stands on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have injected a much-needed dose of
realism into the discussion and seek to hold the Palestinian Authority
accountable for its support for terror while not giving Hamas a pass for its
role in fomenting violence. Heís also reminded the world that America wonít
let a friend like Israel be victimized and isolated.
every aspect of Trumpís unfortunately named ďAmerica FirstĒ policy is a
good idea. His appetite for trade wars and tariffs is unnecessarily alienating
some friendly nations and could undermine an otherwise booming US economy.
on other issues, itís the critics who are wrongheaded. Isolating Israel was a
betrayal of US values. An America that is unafraid to stand up against UN bias
is one other nations canít ignore. The same is true on Iran, where Trump is
defending the interests of the West against those who care only about profiting
from trade with supporters of terrorism.
alone isnít easy but sometimes itís necessary. Far from abdicating
Americaís position on the world stage, on Israel and Iran, Trump is protecting
the vital interests of the West and US security.
Moments like Haleyís stand at the UN should make Americans proud. Theyíre an example of US leadership, not weakness.