Ban Ki-moon’s big sin against Arabs

By Matin Moslem

Ban Ki-moon’s big sin against Arab

June 14, 2016

The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in an extraordinary speech that truly surprised the public and could be referred to as “revolutionary remarks of a traditional conservative”, left no respect and credit for the House of Saud regime in the United Nations.

The UN secretary general publicly acknowledged on Thursday that he removed Saudi Arabia and the anti-Yemen Saudi-led coalition currently bombing Yemen from a blacklist of child killers — 72 hours after it was published — due to a financial threat to defund United Nations programs. He accused Saudi Arabia and its military allies of placing “undue pressure” on the international organization.

In a press conference, Ban called his decision to remove the House of Saud regime from the blacklist as “one of the most painful and difficult decisions I have had to make.” Ban went on to say that he had his arm twisted to change tack in the wake of anger from Riyadh.

From my point of view, with such a stinging tone, the UN secretary general’s gesture was a right decision and action! Not because the Saudi regime deserves such a forgiveness and tolerance, but mainly due to adding an individual, a government or a country to the blacklist of groups or countries violating human rights and committing war crimes despite all the hue and cry over neglecting the issue of human rights, crimes against humanity and war crimes in most countries. Well! What will happen to similar cases that had happened before? Is the House of Saud regime really worried over its actions and atrocities in Yemen!!?

Let me draw your attention to some cases:

Case one: After almost seven years, what happened to the fact finding Chilcot Inquiry report into Britain’s role in the meaningless Persian Gulf war against Iraq in 2003? Nothing!

Case two: What is the fate of the United Nations Goldstone Report Fact Finding Mission on the 22-day (2008-2009) Gaza war, and the Israeli war crimes? Nothing!

Case three: What happened to the Bahrain fact finding committee headed by Cherif Bassiouni over large scale human rights violations? After 4 years Bassiouni himself says: “Nothing!”

In the International diplomacy front there are many cases of this trend and there is no need to crack all bottles on the secretary general’s head. For instance we had added the Arab leaders to our list, would it yield any result? If the secretary general had not removed the House of Saud regime and its anti-Yemen coalition from the blacklist of child killers, from my point of view and in the best probable scenario a statement or at maximum a resolution would be issued at the UN Security Council against Saudi Arabia and its allies. However it has a difference: “the unofficial acknowledgment of a bitter fact that corruption and pressure is part of the work that the UN secretariat and its secretary general face, which has risked their independence.”

A diplomat at the United Nations headquarters in the Iranian capital Tehran, speaking on condition of anonymity, told me today that “you are not considering one issue. So far, despite the true or false nature of the rumors, you have heard many things regarding the United Nations.”

“But now you have solid evidence called the UN secretary general who has honestly confessed to some of the troubles that he encounters. If the Saudis or the Emiratis (United Arab Emirates) had any idea that Ban Ki-moon would make them so invalid and discredited in the face of public they would never ever try to contact him.”

Perhaps, and in general one can agree to such concept and approach. From ethical point of view Ban Ki-moon’s surrender to the situation is not a defendable act at all. However, considering his disclosure against the House of Saud regime and its consequences in the international arena one can realize why he has done so in a wise manner.

It suffices to look at Saudi Arabia’s UN ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi’s reaction on Friday who at a press conference angrily told reporters “we did not threaten the secretary general.”

I think the conservative Arabs will never forgive Ban Ki-moon for the sin of biting the forbidden apple!


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