Why are eyes on US and not UN?

The world is waiting to see what the United States does about the apparent use of chemical weapons in Syria. Isn’t that backwards? Shouldn’t the U.S. (and Syrian President Bashar Assad) be expecting a response by the United Nations?

After President Donald Trump announced a decision to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the U.N. General Assembly convened an emergency session. What’s the U.N. doing in the wake of Saturday’s apparent poison gas attack? Apparently, repeating a previously ineffective move.

Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he supports a fact-finding mission by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. That’s the same group that claimed it had removed the last of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons in June 2014.

Since then, U.N. investigators have found evidence North Korea has shipped supplies to Syria that could be used in the production of chemical weapons. In return, North Korea received money to develop nuclear weapons and missiles to carry them.

Perhaps it’s time to review how much our nation pays for U.N. peacekeeping functions. That might spur the General Assembly to meet in an emergency session — and issue a resolution condemning its host country.