senator vows to kill u.n. arms treaty
Posted in the Grand Rapids Forum
#1 Apr 13, 2013
Ratification 'will not happen so long as I am breathing in the U.S. Senate'
WASHINGTON â The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT,âwill only be ratified if the Senate votes to, which will not happen so long as I am breathing in the U.S. Senate,â Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, told WND.
Lee describes the treaty as âextending far beyond the basic purposes for which the U.N. was created,â adding that the sole purpose of the U.N. is to be a âforum to discuss and resolve international problems.â
The ATT creates universal 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.
However, many senators have grave concerns about the treaty infringing upon Americaâs ability to sell weapons to its allies, such as Israel and South Korea. Additionally, many fear that it could serve as a precursor to domestic gun confiscation here at home.
Lee called the United Nations âa threat to our sovereigntyâ and said legislation development should not rest with the international body of the U.N. General Assembly or the Security Council, but rather,âWe should be legislating through our own body.â
Lee said he also believes itâs time the United States âshould start cutting funding to the United Nations,â claiming âthe United Nations is not consistent with American valuesâ where ânational sovereignty is destroyed incrementally.â
WND has reported on the actions of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is attempting âto work toward the criminalization of the criticism of Islam in U.S. lawâ via U.N. legislation with considerable approval from the U.S. State Department.
However, until the U.S. Senate determines to alter Americaâs relationship with the United Nations, Lee said we should âkeep a careful watch over the U.N.âs activities.â
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.
President Obama supported the ATT, and Americaâs 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 presidentâs relationship with the United Nations, Lee said he wonât âjudge the presidentâs motivations.â Nonetheless, he said âthe presidentâs affectionâ with the U.N. and the ATT âcertainlyâ makes him nervous.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., in a recent interview with WND, also took a massive swipe at the presidentâs relationship with the U.N., saying Obamaâs âhappiest days are when he is in front of the United Nations,â adding âthat he does these types of things to advance an âinternationalist agenda.ââ
Inhofe said he sees the presidentâs relationship with the U.N. and his âleftistâ ideology as wanting âto erode our sovereignty, and he does it every day. I cannot think of one U.N. treaty that he has not supported.â
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