Waldheimer’s Disease Returns

The triumph of forgetting over memory.

As Joseph Klein recently noted, the United Nations is “once again sticking its nose into the domestic affairs of the United States” with a letter from Lithuanian psychiatrist Dainius Puras. The UN’s “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest standard of heath care” warns that replacement of the Affordable Care Act would strip Americans of their rights and is therefore “not permissible” under international law.

“The U.S. Constitution vests no authority whatsoever in a UN Special Rapporteur with a mouthful of a title,” Klein explained. The interference, he argued, gave President Trump another reason to pull out of the UN “Human Rights Council” and withdraw funding. The president would do well to consider such a move, but there is a serious medical issue in play here.

Kurt Waldheim, UN Secretary General from 1972-1982, was a Nazi war criminal. He joined the National Socialist German Students League at age 19 and moved on to the SA, a Nazi storm trooper organization. During World War II, Waldheim served in units that executed thousands of Yugoslav partisans and deported thousands of Greek Jews to death camps.

As one wag put it, the UN boss suffered from “Waldheimer’s Disease,” a degenerative condition that made the patient forget he was a Nazi. A new strain of this disease is now causing citizens and politicians alike to forget how loathsome the United Nations really is. For example, take the United Nations’ Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

As the Los Angeles Times noted back in 1990 “UNESCO’s obsession with the Palestine Liberation Organization reflects less a concern for the rights of the unhappy Palestinians than it does a habitual hostility to the Jewish state.” The hostility had a lot to do with UNESCO boss Amabou M’Bow, a corrupt Senegalese buffoon who spent 80 percent of the UNESCO budget at its Paris headquarters, where M’Bow and his family lived in a rent-free luxury penthouse.

M’Bow, co-author with Ali Kettani of Islam and Muslims in the American Continent, hated modern non-Muslim countries. As Joseph Klein noted in Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam, M’Bow used his position with UNESCO to evangelize for Islam. 

M’Bow reserved special hated for the United States, where freedom of speech and the press prevailed. His pet project was the New World Information and Communication Order, a grandiose scheme for press censorship on a global scale. That prompted Ronald Reagan to pull the United States out of UNESCO, which many have forgotten, if they knew about it in the first place.

The United Nations was also a promoter of the “North-South Economic Dialogue.” As Paul Johnson noted in Modern Times, 11 of the “South” states, including Mexico, Venezuela and Pakistan, were north of the equator, and one, Saudi Arabia, had the world’s highest per-capita income. Australia, the only continent entirely in the southern hemisphere, was considered “North.” The entire Soviet Bloc, entirely in the northern hemisphere, was omitted altogether. “The concept was meaningless, except for purposes of political abuse,” Johnson wrote, and “inevitably, America was presented as the primary villain in the North-South melodrama.” And the UN has never lacked for intrigue.

One of UN’s key architects was Alger Hiss, a key Stalinist spy in the U.S. State Department. After Yalta, Hiss’ primary mission was establishing the United Nations, and Hiss was duly appointed acting Secretary General at the founding UN conference in San Francisco in 1945. There Stalinist screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who joined the Communist Party during the Stalin-Hitler Pact, ghosted the speech of U.S. Secretary of State Edward Stettinius. 

Trumbo had been tapped for the job by Hiss, who was also involved in selecting some 250 UN employees. So no surprise that when Communists commit mass murder, the UN looks the other way.

From 1975-1979, as John Barron and Anthony Paul documented in Murder of a Gentle Land: The Untold Story of Communist Genocide in Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge murdered nearly two million people, approximately one-fourth of the population. During that onslaught, the Communists murdered thousands of babies by smashing their heads against a tree, and they forced prisoners to dig their own graves before killing them with clubs to save bullets.

The United Nations did not condemn the Khmer Rouge until 1988, and the UN failed to establish any kind of tribunal for the genocide. On the other hand, the United Nations voted 23 times to condemn the U.S. embargo against Cuba, a longstanding Sado-Stalinst dictatorship that plunged a prosperous nation to sub-Third World levels of poverty.

Many in the old-line establishment media seem to have forgotten all that, a symptom of Waldheimer’s Disease which causes forgetting to override memory. The best cure comes from Milan Kundera: “the struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”  For that cure to work, however, the patient has to know what happened in the first place.

Journalists can’t remember something of which they have no knowledge, and as Ben Rhodes explained, many of the younger crowd “literally know nothing.” Worse, many don’t want to know anything that might conflict with their politically correct vision.

When the UN’s surge to save Obamacare came to light, the old-line media showed no curiosity about Special Rapporteur Dainius Puras. What was this shrink doing during the Soviet occupation of Lithuania? How much was the UN paying him? Who tasked him to stick his nose in U.S. business? In similar style, nobody in the old-line media recalled that a Nazi war criminal ran the UN for a decade and stepped out in fine style.

Kurt Waldheim still got a $124,754-a-year lifetime UN pension, paid in the currency of his choice, all part of his $2.3 million retirement haul. Most of that was provided by US taxpayers, still the major funders of a corrupt anti-American talk shop that now seeks to block health reform.

That gives President Trump good reason to cut back on contributions. The UN’s overall record makes a strong case for U.S. withdrawal and reparations.