This guy is running unopposed for his 2nd term as UN Sec-Gen. I guess at this point in history this job is fairly radioactive. Apparently he doesn’t mind being bugged by the USA or having odious Hillary Clinton hunting down his biometric data, as Wikipedia revealed. I never thought anything good would come of having a UN Secretary-General from a country occupied by the US military. And he’s shown himself to be another in a growing list of USA-collaborating and/or USA-appeasing stooges who have helped further warp the UN into a rubber-stamp of USA hegemony. It’s really sad to see the nations, similarly collaborating with or appeasing the USA, line up to give this guy a pass. I’m with the Egyptian vanguard who attacked his car after UN Resolution 1973 provided a fig leaf for the naked imperial-fascist aggression against Libya. The excerpt from the article below gives just an inkling of the wretchedness of this guy’s tenure as UN head, and his perpetuation of the warping of the UN into the antithesis of a world peace and justice agency. – Zuo Shou
May 29, 2011
by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon has taken the unusual decision of pressuring member governments to respect the “legal channels of the Israeli government pertaining to the flow of goods and aid to the Gaza Strip”. In this regard, Ban Ki-moon has called upon governments to prevent the Freedom Flotilla scheduled for June from heading to the Gaza Strip:…
…By recognizing Israel’s “legitimate crossings” into Gaza via Israeli territory, Ban Ki Moon is condoning rather than condemning the violation of international law pertaining to the sovereign borders of Palestine…
*** Ban Ki Moon’s Violates UN Norms and Procedures ***
Ban Ki Moon visibly takes his orders from Tel Aviv and Washington rather than from the UN General Assembly in derogation of his mandate.
His decision is not only in violation of international law, it is in defiance of United Nations internal norms and procedures. Ban Ki Moon has ignored the report of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s independent fact-finding mission, commissioned by the United Nations General Assembly. The conclusions of this report are unequivocal: The actions of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in intercepting and attacking the Gaza Flotilla (May June 2010) in international waters were in violation of international humanitarian law:
“The conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel towards the flotilla passengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence. It betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality. Such conduct cannot be justified or condoned on security or any other grounds. It constituted a grave violation of human rights law and international humanitarian law.
the Mission considers that several violations and offences have been committed…
There is clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention:
• Wilful killing;
• Torture or inhuman treatment;
• Wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health.
The Mission also considers that a series of violations of Israel’s obligations under international human rights law have taken place, including:
• Right to life (art. 6, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights);
• Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (art. 7, International Covenant; Convention against Torture);
• Right to liberty and security of the person and freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention (art. 9, International Covenant);
• Right of detainees to be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person (art. 10, International Covenant);
• Freedom of expression (art. 19, International Covenant).
The right to an effective remedy should be guaranteed to all victims. The mission must not be understood to be saying that this is a comprehensive list by any means.
266. The Mission notes that the retention by the Israeli authorities of unlawfully seized property remains a continuing offence and Israel is called upon to return such property forthwith. (para. 265
The decision of the Secretary-General of the UN upholds the legitimacy of the Gaza blockade by Israel in defiance of the UN General Assembly.
Ban Ki Moon refers to “legitimate crossings and established channels” into Gaza through Israeli territory and Israeli controlled checkpoints, thereby denying to Palestine the most important right of a sovereign nation, namely the right to control its international borders by land and by sea.
Ban Ki Moon’s decision denies the right to Palestine to trade and transact with foreign countries. It obliges Palestine to seek the authority and permission of Israel in receiving humanitarian aid as well as conducting commodity trade…
…Ban Ki Moon upholds the jurisdiction of Israel over the borders of Palestine in violation of international law:…
…Ban Ki Moon’s decision also upholds Zionism in derogation of the UN General Assembly’s 1975 Resolution entitled ‘Zionism is Racism’ (Resolution 337)
The UN Secretary-General is appointed by the General Assembly, “on the recommendation of the Security Council”.
Ban Ki Moon is in violation of his mandate. He should be fired from his job by the General Assembly.