September 19, 2001 | News Releases on Department of Homeland Security
WASHINGTON, Sep. 19, 2001-The United Nations can best help the United States and its allies in the new war against terrorism by expelling nations that support terrorists, a new Heritage Foundation paper says.
Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Sudan and Syria regularly oppose U.S. efforts at the United Nations to stop terrorists. "Expressions of sympathy by the United Nations for the Sept. 11 attacks ring hollow when sponsors of terrorism are U.N. members," say Heritage U.N. experts Brett Schaefer and Michael Scardaville.
The membership of these seven nations doesn't make the 56-year-old organization a "reliable partner" in combating terrorism, they say.
In 1998, for example, the U.N. General Assembly offered a resolution asking its members to lift "sanctions on corporations and nationals of other states." The resolution clearly was aimed at U.S. sanctions against Iran, Cuba and other states that sponsor terrorism, Schaefer and Scardaville say, but U.N. delegates approved it, 80-2, with 67 abstentions. Only the United States and Israel voted against it.
U.N. delegates also should drop any ideas of bringing the terrorists to "justice" in an international court, the analysts say, noting that it took an international court 12 years to convict a Libyan for orchestrating the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland and "that verdict didn't deter terrorists from killing thousands of people on Sept. 11."
The United Nations can eject the countries through Article VI of the U.N. Charter, they say. Grounds for removal also can be found in Security Council Resolution 1368, approved one day after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It labeled the attacks "threats to international peace and security" and vowed that the United Nations would hold those sponsoring terrorism accountable.