Can you believe they don’t have a definition of terrorism?
In the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks, a Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation seeking to cut by one-tenth U.S. funding for the United Nations until the world body settles on a definition for terrorism.
“Since the 9/11 attacks, the United Nations should have been leading a global response to the increasing threat of terrorism, but they fail to even provide a simple definition to the term ‘international terrorism,’” Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said in a statement.
“American taxpayers should not be the largest bankroller for an organization that fails to define what we’re up against.”
The bill, the “Define It to Fight It Act,” would withhold ten percent of the U.S. contribution to the U.N. each year until it adopts a definition of “international terrorism.”
Walker noted that U.S. taxpayers account for 22 percent of the U.N.’s regular budget – more than $650 million in 2015.
Two weeks after 9/11 the U.N. Security Council adopted resolution 1373, setting out measures countries are obliged to take, including criminalizing terrorist acts, denying terrorists safe haven and resources, bringing perpetrators to justice, and increasing international cooperation to prevent future attacks.
The resolution, which was adopted under chapter seven of the U.N. Charter – thus making it legally binding on all member states – created the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), whose mission is “to bolster the ability of United Nations member states to prevent terrorist acts both within their borders and across regions.”
All U.N. member-states must submit reports on their compliance with the resolution to the CTC, which is comprised of the 15 countries serving on the Security Council at any given time.
Walker was critical of the CTC’s performance to date – and the problems caused by the absence of a definition of terrorism.
Since its creation, he said, “the CTC has failed to name a single terrorist, terrorist organization or state-sponsor of terrorism.”
“The three U.S.-identified state sponsors of terror – Iran, Syria and Sudan – have submitted reports to the CTC about their compliance with resolution 1373,” Walker said. “In the absence of any U.N. definition of terrorism, all three states have readily proclaimed that they are engaged in a vigorous campaign to combat terrorism despite clear and irrefutable evidence to the contrary.”