Nov 28, 2023 Letters
In the past month, the expression devised by Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, concerning the internal affairs in Guyana in the late 70s and early 80s applies very much to the behavior of certain elements of the United Nations. Borrowed from Walter Rodney’s published assessment of the 1905 riots, the expression in question, “The government is rioting” aptly characterizes certain UN member states openly flouting the organization’s principles. If one were to single out a specific country, Israel stands out as openly challenging the principles of the UN, despite being a creation of the organization itself. It is crucial to acknowledge that Israel’s establishment was deemed justified, considering the historical backdrop of the Jewish Holocaust and their rightful claim to a national home.
However, the current actions of certain governments risk undermining the very principles that led to the creation of Israel. The same instruments within the United Nations that facilitated Israel’s establishment also paved the way for the two-state solution. You cannot knock down one without knocking down the other. Encouraging Palestinians to leave not only undermines the two-state solution but also weakens the very framework that birthed Israel.
I present this perspective for discussion and contemplation by those who delve into these matters. While I offer it as it comes to me, its sustainability remains uncertain. I invite scholars and analysts to engage in a thoughtful discourse on this viewpoint.
AUBREY NORTON FRIGHTEN RENEGOTIATION AND RING-FENCING
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