The UN General Assembly has called for a worldwide truce for the duration of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games and the 11th Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The call poses the question why the UN calls for an impossible truce and if a call for the truth about the UN would not be a better starting point for securing world peace.
On Wednesday, the President of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, called on all 193 UN member states to do what is in their power to hold a worldwide truce in advance of the 2014 Winter Games.
At a plenary session of the General Assembly, Ashe urged to end all conflicts, worldwide, before the opening of the games on 7 February, so as to promote sport as a tool for peace and development in the spirit of the ancient Olympic Games in Greece.
In ancient Greece, it was tradition to cease all hostilities before the Olympic Games, so the athletes were guaranteed safe passage to and from the sports event.
In 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to revive the ancient tradition by calling on all UN members to respect a worldwide truce during, as well as seven days before and after all global sporting events.
On 6 November 2013 the plenary of the UN General Assembly renewed the call with regards to the upcoming Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. So far, no country that has been involved in an armed conflict has ever respected the truce, and it is unlikely to happen in 2014.
Call for Truce and Calls for The Truth
The call for a truce by UN General Assembly President John Ashe is unlikely to be honored and raises more questions about the UN as it raises questions about conflicts per se.
The United Nations is, increasingly, coming under fire itself with some people going as far as demanding an end to the United Nations because it poses a threat to world peace as well as the sovereignty of its member states and their citizens. The United Nations is, among many others, being criticized for:
Having a system that allows permanent members of the UN Security Council and their allies to abuse UN agencies such as UNESCO, to economically blackmail the UN itself to adopt certain policies.
Allows permanent members of the UN Security Council to adopt and to enforce sanctions which violate international law and the Charter of the UN itself against other member states to serve their own geopolitical ambitions.
Allows permanent UN Security Council members to abuse the UN name to enforce geopolitical interest despite repeated calls from UN Secretary Generals to end the abuse, and without taking action against the nation that abuses the UN name, such as the USA with its “UNified command” in Korea.
Adopts UN Security Council Resolutions which become ever more overtly instruments of colonization, such as resolutions to intervene in the the Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic and many other African nations.
Maintains an international justice system that has gotten a not undeserved reputation for “hunting Africans” or rather African heads of state who are inconvenient for modo-colonialist powers.
Has entire agencies, such as the UN Interagency Framework Team for Preventive Action, which are privately funded by self-proclaimed philanthropists such as multi-billionaire and failed philosopher George Soros, which have been involved in literally manufacturing civil wars and conflict in more than 20 nations.
Calling for a Worldwide Truce is, indeed, an effective way of PRomoting a positive image of the United Nations. What the world needs much more than an impossible truce is the truth about the United Nations.
Dr. Christof Lehmann is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at email@example.com