Here’s another significant story the American mainstream media ignored.
The U.S. stood alone against the rest of the world during a United Nations vote held 18 December on a resolution this week that condemned the resurgence of Nazism and movements glorifying the movement which conquered most of Europe and slaughtered millions.
In one of the more ironic moments of recent times, Israel, Iran, Syria , and Libya — voted for the motion, while the United States was the sole opposing vote. The final vote was 127 nations voting for the resolution and 54 abstaining — including France, Germany, and the Baltic nations.
In a press release issued earlier this month, the United Nations Department of Public Information summarized the resolution, saying it would
express deep concern about the glorification of the Nazi movement and former members of the Waffen SS organization, including by erecting monuments and memorials and holding public demonstrations in the name of the glorification of the Nazi past, the Nazi movement and neo-Nazism, as well as by declaring or attempting to declare such members and those who fought against the anti-Hitler coalition and collaborated with the Nazi movement participants in national liberation movements. It would also express concern at recurring attempts to desecrate or demolish monuments erected in remembrance of those who fought against Nazism during the Second World War, as well as to unlawfully exhume or remove the remains of such persons. It would note with concern the increase in racist incidents in several countries and the rise of skinhead groups, which have been responsible for many of these incidents, as well as the resurgence of racist and xenophobic violence targeting members of ethnic, religious or cultural communities and national minorities.
The Assembly would stress that such practices do injustice to the memory of the victims of crimes against humanity committed in the Second World War, while at the same time fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, and contribute to the multiplication of extremist political parties, movements and groups, including neo-Nazis and skinhead groups. In that regard, it would call for increased political and legal vigilance, and call upon States to take more effective measures in accordance with international human rights law to combat those phenomena and the extremist movements, which pose a real threat to democratic values.
Deeper political issues were involved, needless to say. Neonazi movements are on the rise in the Baltics, and back in the days of the Cold War, the U.S. relied heavily on Baltic expatriate groups to promote internal dissent in what were then Soviet satellite states.
Of course, the U.S. also relied heavily on former SS and Wehrmacht brass both for its space program [as did the U.S.S.R.] and in promoting anti-Soviet subversion and propaganda campaigns. The U.S. even helped some of the worst Nazi war criminals to evade justice, including Klaus Barbie [“the Butcher of Lyon”] and Josef Mengele [the notorious Auschwitz doctor who performed lethal medical experiments on twins].
And then there was SS rocketeer Werner von Braun, the leaders of the U.S. space program until his sordid past was exposed. Our previous post on the good Herr Doktor still gets a few hits every day.
Interesting, isn’t it, that we can’t find any stories in the U.S. media about the U.N. vote?
As for why the issue was timely, see this RT video from back in March: