The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will only go into law in the U.S. if the Senate votes to ratify it. They have been trying for years to get this law passed; Congressional support in the past has been good. However, there are at least two Senators who are not happy about the law and will vote against it.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told WND the treaty “will only be ratified if the Senate votes to, which will not happen so long as I am breathing in the U.S. Senate.” He believes the treaty extends “far beyond the basic purposes for which the U.N. was created.” The sole purpose of the U.N. is to be a “forum to discuss and resolve international problems.”
The U.N. is not exercising it’s role “to resolve international problems” as it should when crimes against humanity are ignored in Iran, China, Cuba, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. Yet the U.S. continues to fund and support the organization. Congress seems willing to accept ATT, even though it would create standards “for the transfer of any type of weapon and munitions and requires countries to evaluate cross-border arms contracts in an effort to prevent violations of human rights and hinder terrorists.”
- Gives the U.N. power to infringe upon America’s ability to sell weapons to its allies (such as Israel and South Korea),
- Increases fears that the U.N. could serve as a precursor to domestic gun confiscation here at home,
- Increases belief that legislation development should not rest with the international body of the U.N. General Assembly or the Security Council, but rather, “We should be legislating through our own body.”
Lee said he also believes it’s time the United States “should start cutting funding to the United Nations,” claiming “the United Nations is not consistent with American values where national sovereignty is destroyed incrementally.”
WND has reported that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is attempting to work toward criminalization of criticism of Islam in U.S. law via U.N. legislation and with considerable approval from the U.S. State Department.
Also WND reported: “until the U.S. Senate determines to alter America’s relationship with the United Nations, Lee said we should ‘keep a careful watch over the U.N.’s activities.’”
“The ATT passed the U.N. General Assembly following a 154-to-3 vote, with 23 abstentions. The three nations voting against the ATT were Iran, Syria and North Korea, while some of the abstaining nations included Russia, China, Cuba, India, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.” [Naturally Iran, Syria and North Korea were against the law because, currently, they are using weapons on their own people or on their neighbors. It’s interesting that Russia, China, Cuba, India, Sudan and Saudi Arabia abstained from voting; perhaps they do not want their position to be on record.]
President Obama supported the ATT, and America’s U.N. ambassador voted in favor of the treaty. However, it will not apply to the United States until the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty.
In discussing the president’s relationship with the United Nations, Lee said he won’t “judge the president’s motivations.” Nonetheless, he said “the president’s affection” with the U.N. and the ATT “certainly” makes him nervous.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., in a recent interview with WND, also took a massive swipe at the president’s relationship with the U.N., saying Obama’s “happiest days are when he is in front of the United Nations,” adding “that he does these types of things to advance an ‘internationalist agenda.’”
Inhofe said he sees the president’s relationship with the U.N. and his “leftist” ideology as wanting “to erode our sovereignty, and he does it every day. I cannot think of one U.N. treaty that he has not supported.” http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/senator-vows-to-kill-u-n-arms-treaty/#1zIxeWCjfaJzZt1A.99
Does this report make you nervous as well? If it does, may I suggest that you contact your representatives and tell them how you feel. In addition, you need to spread this message and refer everyone you know to this article or to the WND report.
The best defense in this situation is to be an informed citizen and to pass on this crucial information to other so they are informed as well. However, information is not enough if we do nothing with it so please contact your representatives NOW. Tell them you appreciate their work and then ask them to vote against ratifying ATT in Congress.