This introduces a strange definition of \humanitarian aid being provided on an appeal by the afflicted. Such assistance should be provided fro humanitarian reasons exclusively without any pre-conditions and irrespective of a begging bowl being outstretched by the affected country. The offer for assistance should precede any plea; it should be left to the judgment of the affected country to accept or decline such an offer.
The United Nations Organisation has departed from the spirit of the purpose for which this august body was created. For instance, instead of procuring peace between member states, it can give birth to new states, e.g. Israel. Only one day earlier than the humanitarian assistance rule, the United Nations resolution equating Zionism with racism was repealed. It was immediately hailed by the US as a repeal of a resolution which discredited this august body. That resolution had been passed in the wake of a speech by Daniel Patrick Moyhnihan, the US ambassador to the United Nations at that time, which was scornful of the Third World, and, Africa in particular. However, in repealing the resolution, sponsored by the Soviet Union, among others, it was supported by most African countries. Neither did the earlier resolution achieve anything, nor did Zionism as a philosophy change its spots, nor will the repeal place Israel in a more agreeable mood to resolve the plight of the Palestinians. The repeal, nevertheless, shows the tremendous influence the powerful Jewish lobby can exercise.
We do not condone the earlier resolution nor its repeal. Racialism is a very wide subject and covers not only white and black relationships or anti-semitism, or nationalism but is today spread as far afield as East-West and North-South divisions. Only the victims know its consequences and no amount of United Nations resolutions can bridge these gaps without a change in attitudes amongst fellow human beings. Such attitudes must start with a recognition that we have a common Creator and in Whose eyes everyone is equal, that natural differences merely facilitate identity and that the barriers to man-made differences have no room in this age if mankind is to be ever united.
Meanwhile, the only advice to the United Nations is that if this body is to restore its credibility, it must resort to absolute truth and justice in all matters. The moment it begins to serve the interest of powerful backroom lobbies, it ceases to be an instrument of peace.
The Review of Religions
No. 1 Vol. LXXXVII