At the dawn of 2019, the United States and Isreal quit UNESCO. This is a continued surge of American carnage, where United States is drowning the established global order. The World should ignore the American theatrics and move on. The World can do without the United States.
On 1st January 2019, the United States and Israel officially quit the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This was a culmination of a process that was triggered more than a year ago.
It is not the first time the US is pulling out of UNESCO. It did so in 1984, during the Reagan administration, under the pretense that UNESCO was mismanaged, corrupt, and used to advance Soviet interests.
The US will later rejoin the body in 2003. Only to quit again in 2019, now in order to side with Middle East bully Israel, and as a protest for UNESCO having (almost) unanimously voted to admit Palestine as a member. They wrongly accused this UN body for anti-Semitism.
President Donald Trump, during his inaugural address as president, promised the end of American Carnage. Seemly, what we are now witnessing is the surge of American carnage, with president Trump as the god of carnage.
President Trump has been on warpath against multilateral global order. One of the lows of his ignoble presidency, is when he withdrew United States membership from the Paris Agreement, an ambitious deal aiming at combating climate change, a phenomena that has an existential threat humanity.
But digging history shows the world has shown resilience on various fronts in absence of American leadership. The World can in fact do without America and should call a bluff to US tantrums. We illustrate.
US, through the warlord and perpetrator of crimes against humanity, President Bush, withdrew from the Statute of Rome, a treaty that creates International Criminal Court. Yet, even though with flips and bumps, the world has marched on and brought various crimes against humanity perpetrators to account.
United States is yet to ratify United Nations Convention on the Law of the Oceans. Yet the world oceans are being managed well, demarcated, and highs seas protected.
In the 1920s, America refused to be a member of the League of Nations, during its moments of ill advised isolationism. The League kicked off, deterred world wars for a period, and laid the ground for United Nations, which US has now hijacked.
United States refused to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, the predecessor to Paris Agreement, and yet world made some steps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change.
United States (and Somalia) are the only two countries yet to ratify Convention on the Rights of the Child and optional protocols under it. Yet, progress has been made by world states in guaranteeing children rights.
United States is yet to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which would guarantee women equal rights in various facets. Yet, progress has been made, women are making strides, even in Saudi Arabia, the hell on earth for women.
United States is yet to ratify treaty on nuclear weapons test ban, popular as Ottawa treaty banning landmines. Yet, it is the only country that has used nuclear weapons in war to effect a massacre.
The country has not ratified the Moon treaty that prohibits abuse of celestial bodies, yet progress has been made.
The crux of our contention is the world can still surge forward on various fronts of mutual concern, with or without the United States, a crumbling giant which is becoming an impediment to global order. The Paris Agreement, the the UNESCO, and other beacons of global order, can be implemented, with or without the United States.