What you need to know about the United Nations (UN)

Kadangkala kita melihat organisasi luar negeri sebagai sesuatu yang sempurna, jauh dari kesalahan. Komentar yang dikeluarkan oleh organisasi-organisasi ini dianggap paling penting dan mengena, tapi apakah benar seperti itu realita dari organisasi PBB? Tanpa pengetahuan mengenai kondisi politik Indonesia, PBB (United Nations) memutuskan untuk berkomentar mengenai hukum “penistaan agama” yang sebenarnya hanya dijadikan pengecoh oleh kekuatan politik di belakang layar…

The imprisonment of Jakarta’s governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) had gone viral, to the point that United Nations’ Twitter account commented on it:

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You see, this tweet was written in such a rush — they did not even put the right punctuation (period) to end the tweet. “We call on #Indonesia to review blasphemy law” sounds exactly like, “Yo dude, check on J.Cole’s newest album”. Bottom line is, whoever wrote this tweet was not taking the matter of the governor’s imprisonment seriously. If they took the case seriously, they would understand how complicated political issue was in a densely-populated country, especially in a developing one such as Indonesia. They would not have the urge to write that tweet, which was unnecessary and so uncalled for. For those of you living in Indonesia, you must know by now that the case of Ahok is all a dirty political monopoly played by the higher-ups. “Blasphemy against a certain religion” is just a tool of hypocrisy: a weapon manipulated by the opposition to weaken Ahok himself as a governor. As I’ve said before, political matter is a complicated thing, it really is not a matter of black and white. It might be better for Ahok to stay in jail, in terms of safety; it might be better for him to stay low-profile at this exact moment, among all of the conflicts. After writing that tweet, United Nations did not send a bunch of troops to ensure Ahok’s safety, right? Could United Nations prevent the riots created by the opposition if, per say, Ahok did not receive a jail sentence? With that being said, United Nations should have never written that tweet, especially without further knowledge on Indonesia’s bigger political issues, which are unfortunately covered by corruption, collusion, and subtle/internalized racism.

Indonesians are easily provoked by stuff that are said by companies and “globalized” organizations outside this country, assuming that foreigners know better. Most people here be saying things like, “See!? Even United Nations notices Ahok being imprisoned. Indonesians should be embarrassed by this!“. No, Indonesians should not be embarrassed by United Nations’ tweet. The people who know Indonesia best are us, the citizens of Indonesia. And we know damn well how politics work in this country —- it is never fully transparent, yet. Therefore, what is the point of stirring more hate in a pot of pretense democracy? Let us all not be provoked by organizations that have little comprehension of Indonesia, specifically in the field of politics. Let us all still be united in diversity, and support every political candidate who believes in Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.

Basically, United Nations is an organization that maintains the peace and order of countries all over the world. The organization was established right after World War II, to prevent World War III. Too bad it cannot really stop the war in Syria or ISIS-related countries, though. Before commenting on other country’s political issue without any basic knowledge, United Nations (UN) needs to work out its own issue and scandals:

  1. First of all, UN is assumed to be corrupt as an international organization. Can’t you believe that? One of the examples could be seen from way back in 1996 when United Nations delivered an aid program called Oil-for-Food. This program was entirely funded by the sale of Iraqi oil, for the purpose of giving food to the Iraqi people who suffered under Sadam Hussein’s regime. However, this “humanitarian” program ironically gave more power to the tyrant himself, Sadam Hussein, who manipulated Oil-for-Food for financial gains. The initial purpose of saving Iraqi people from Hussein’s grip turned into a complete dependency on the dictator. United Nations let this happened — in fact, there were some UN officials who also financially benefitting from the manipulation of the Oil-for-Food program. There’s also criticisms on the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which are China, France, Russia, United States, and United Kingdom. All of these five countries have absolute power on nuclear and finance — this fact alone has shifted the initial humanitarian purpose of the United Nations (for example, UN protected the oil-rich Kuwaitis in 1991 but poorly protecting resource-poor Rwandans in 1997). All of the corruptions can be read (here) for further clarifications.
  2. UN Peacekeepers, or UN police officers, are supposedly the ones who have to protect and create peace in countries torn by conflicts. Nevertheless, more than 100 UN peacekeepers ran a child sex ring in Haiti for approximately 10 years, and none were even jailed. Over the past 12 years, there have been almost 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other U.N. personnel around the world. Isn’t it ironic, how the men who supposedly protect you from danger are actually disgusting, horny rapists? According to Kathryn Bolkovac (a police officer specializing in sex crimes), young innocent girls between the age of 12-15 years old were being stripped, beaten, sold to UN police officers. Most of the times, these UN Peacekeepers were being paid to alert the brothel owners about raids; free access to the prostitutes was just an added perk. The young girls in the prostitution were so young; they had not even developed breasts or experienced puberty. But they were still enslaved, kept in dark rooms, to pleasure pedophils under the humanitarian label of “United Nation Peacekeepers”. The Washington Post reported how a 14-year-old teenage girl (she’s still 14!) was raped by a Peacekeeper, and forced to keep her baby. This young rape victim said, “Sometimes when I’m alone with my baby, I think about killing him. He reminds me of the man who raped me“.

“The UN failed to act in Liberia, when Charles Taylor (who became president in 1997) launched a seven‑year civil war in 1989 in which 200,000 people were butchered. In 1994, the 270 UN peacekeepers sent to Rwanda failed to prevent the murder of 800,000 Rwandans. The UN failed to condemn slavery in Sudan, failed miserably in Sierra Leone, failed to uphold the rights of white farmers in Zimbabwe (which has resulted in a massive famine). The UN failed to act against Saddam Hussein, claiming that diplomacy and inspections would provide the answer.”

See? The United Nations is not perfect either, the same as Indonesia. Despite its amazing main purpose of maintaining peace amongst civilians, the UN has its own fallacies. Therefore, it is only fair for us to avoid glorifying foreign organizations as if they are perfect, as if they are free from blame. I’m writing this piece based on facts. I am not making this up to bash the UN, since I might want to work as an UN delegate in the future (who knows, although it seems very unlikely)… I’m just saying that sometimes, foreign organizations are not as holy as they seem to be.



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