Washington will lose the gamble in confronting UN General Assembly

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/12/21 14:48:39

The UN General Assembly will hold a special session on Thursday on a draft resolution that denounces US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. In a rare move, the US sent a letter to over 180 member states, asking them not to support the resolution. Washington threatened that the US "will be taking names" of countries that vote in favor of the resolution and cut off US funding. Trump himself articulated in a Cabinet meeting that the nations, which have taken US money, should not vote against Washington.

Washington's behavior is no less than a gamble and it will lose it without question. It is generally believed that the resolution will be passed with overwhelming support.

On Monday, the UN Security Council voted on a similar resolution opposing US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and move its embassy there without naming names. By then, 14 out of 15 members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution with only the US voting against. Exercising its veto power in the Security Council, the US prevented the draft from being passed.

Countries have no veto power at Thursday's UN General Assembly's emergency session, and hence the US cannot block the passage of the bill. Unlike the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly's resolution has no legal effect, but given the large number of countries involved in the voting, it will deal a heavy blow to Washington's global image.

The US suffered losses at the UN General Assembly in the past as most countries voted for the resolution on the Palestine-Israel conflict, while the US and Israel voted against it. If Washington insists on its brazenness, the UN General Assembly would have no alternative but to accept it.

But this time, the reaction of Trump's administration was fierce. After the vote on Monday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley publicly expressed that "what we witnessed here in the Security Council is an insult. It won't be forgotten." Then the letter was sent threatening others to be careful about US retaliation. Washington is being silly.

Washington has miscalculated several things. To begin with, it might really think that moving US embassy to Jerusalem is quite justified and other countries should understand it.

The US also overestimated its strength, believing that other powers in the global arena are afraid of it, and thus will be obsequious and follow in its footsteps. At least, they will not protest against it.

Trump's team believes that since the US has done many good deeds to the world and suffered losses in the process, the world should be grateful to it. Now as the entire world has turned against the US when Washington believes it is doing the right thing, Uncle Sam feels quite wronged.

Perhaps, Trump's team believes that confronting the UN General Assembly may gain it more points in domestic affairs, highlight Trump's "integrity" and credibility, enhance US society's cohesion on international affairs, consolidate Trump's base and ease the heavy pressure pro-establishment forces exert on the president.

However, Trump's team didn't realize that the threat has highlighted Washington's hegemonic mindset, which is offensive to many, and has damaged Washington's image. What is sure is that the more Washington tosses about, the more it will lose.

Even in the US, no one would cheer for a loss. Trump's threat cannot prove the government's wisdom or capability to control. While Palestine-Israel relations remained relatively tranquil, Washington unexpectedly announced its decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem. The country asked for trouble, but can't sort things out. Most Americans would not feel that the battle, which is doomed to fail, is interesting.

Trump's administration has been determined yet this time it has hit its head against a wall of the Islamic world. There are 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. Justice apart, for those fence-straddlers, is kissing up to Washington more important, or willing not to infuriate over 50 Islamic countries more vital? The Trump administration's judgment over it may be wrong.

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