The United Nations vote on Monday condemning the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city was ridiculous.
I say that as someone who opposed President Trump's decision. While U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley vetoed the Security Council resolution, its symbolism was intended to rebuke America. The U.N.'s timing is also unfortunate in that at this very moment, Hamas and its allies are using the Jerusalem announcement as a pivot toward new bloodletting.
Recognizing as much, Haley was eloquent but unrepentant in justifying the veto action. "Today, for the simple act of deciding where to put our embassy, the United States was forced to defend its sovereignty. The record will reflect that we did so proudly."
Nevertheless, I hope that Haley individually takes aside America's closest allies on the Security Council — Britain, France, and currently rotating members Italy, Japan, and Ukraine — and states her disappointment with their votes. Because while those governments might have justifiable reasons for disagreeing with Trump's decision, they should never have gone along with such an absurd U.N. resolution.
After all, the resolution claimed that the U.S. announcement on Jerusalem had "no legal effect, [is] null and void and must be rescinded."
Says who? The United Nations? Give me a break.
While I do believe that the principle of international law is important, at least as it pertains to trade and basic human rights, no nation has the right to tell America where to put its embassies (except, perhaps, the host nation). That right is afforded to the executive branch in consultation with the Congress and by the assent of the democratically vested will of the people.
By suggesting otherwise, the U.N. has taken another step in the direction of that which most delegitimates it: the common, overboard expressions of supranational power at the expense of national sovereignty. The language of the resolution is especially aggravating here: Describing U.S. sovereign decisions as "null and void" is not well-disposed to earning the respect of a skeptical American population.
That said, Ukraine's decision to vote against the U.S. deserves special condemnation. Consider that were it not for the U.S., Ukraine would likely be subjugated to Vladimir Putin's imperium.
That speaks to the ultimate point: International law has never been anything without America. Just ask Bashar Assad.