Nikki Haley is an odious hypocrite on rights
The outgoing American ambassador to the United Nations has been described as a “moderate”. But during her tenure, she stuck knives into several vital organs of the international body
When Nikki Haley, the outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations, announced her resignation, The New York Times, as did many other mainstream American publications, described her as a “moderate” and her tenure at the UN as a success.
That was a truly Orwellian moment in mainstream American media. Haley herself is, as she likes to accuse others, “straight out of George Orwell”. In 1984, the fearsome leader was called Big Brother; Haley could be Big Sister.
Among many American and international pundits, she is often contrasted with US National Security Adviser John Bolton, who was also a UN ambassador, under George W Bush, but who once said: “The [UN] Secretariat building in New York has 38 storeys. If it lost 10 storeys, it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.”
Actually, both are extremists, only that one is almost unhinged while the other more level-headed. It would be hard to find a UN ambassador who has done more to undermine the UN as a global institution, and international consensus and cooperation, than Haley.
She denounced the UN’s educational, science, and cultural organisation (Unesco), the UN Human Rights Council and the UN’s New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, and then withdrew from them all. She defended the Donald Trump White House over forcibly separating children from parents who tried to enter the United States illegally.
She praised Israel for showing “restraint” after 62 Palestinians were killed in a single day in May. The Palestinian protests – or border-storming as the Israelis claimed – were in response to the US president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, leading a festive celebration of the new American embassy in Jerusalem.
The Americans, therefore, bore direct responsibility for its provocative embassy move against international consensus – and previous US policy. Three months later, in an act of supreme vindictiveness, she cancelled all funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees.
Bolton has threatened sanctions against the International Criminal Court should it dare to investigate American soldiers and intelligence officers for war crimes. Haley has stuck knives into several vital organs of the UN body.
When it comes to human rights, it would be hard to find a more odious hypocrite than Haley. There are rumours that she entertains ambitions to become the first American female president. Well, after Donald Trump, she is more than qualified.