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Asking the UN to Leave Guatemala, Too Little, But Not Too Late

This weekend in Guatemala, the duly elected president of the Guatemalan people made a completely legal decision to expel an unelected international organization from Guatemala. Certain globalists, the Left as well as their fellow travelers are, of course, unhinged, but it was the right decision.

While President Jimmy Morales’s decision is a day late and a dollar short, the crisis really started when Guatemala allowed the United Nations in the country to help deal with corruption issues. The Guatemalan people should sit in judgment of its own people and politicians, not the U.N. or non-Guatemalan NGOs.

While Guatemala and, indeed, many other Latin American nations are struggling with reigning in official corruption, that is not news. The recent Odebrecht corruption contagion is an excellent example of how pervasive the problem is throughout the region. Embedded in this short blog is a law note about the Odebrecht matter that explains how it has politically rippled throughout Latin America.

Allowing non-Guatemalans to sit in judgment of Guatemalan matters is a sure recipe for political crises. If you want to read a little more about this matter, I posted a blog about it on September 15, 2015. Eroding national sovereignty encumbers, does not help, fighting corruption:

The best way to combat corruption begins with a strong respect for the rule of law and via national systems. In order to foster a culture that will advance that goal, you need a combination of things including a strong civil society, a robust private sector, as well as political leaders committed to cleaning up the police, courts, and other sectors. Injecting an international body in that process may sound like a good idea in the near term, and in some cases could help in isolated cases, but over the long run could, and probably will, undermine national systems.

If anyone or any group has created an alleged ‘constitutional crisis,’ in Guatemala, it is the unelected, unaccountable international organizations, such as the U.N. and the army of left-wing NGOs that have meddled in Guatemalan affairs for far too long. The United Nations has corruption problems of its own. That organization needs to get its affairs in order. It has no business in Guatemala, Honduras, or any other nation in the region.

The United States and allies should help Guatemala, if they ask for the assistance, put its legal and disclosure systems in order. There are many excellent Guatemalan jurists who are ready, able, and willing to help. There are also several legal organizations of Latin American and American lawyers who are extremely capable and who can help Guatemalan counterparts a better way forward.

Finally, the U.S. Congress and the Trump administration, as it reforms foreign assistance programs, should also find new foreign assistance implementors. The more recent recipients of U.S. assistance were the ones recommending this United Nations-created disaster to begin with. They either come up with new ideas that respect sovereignty and the rule of law, or it is time to find new implementors.

Odebrecht Contagion by Jason I. Poblete on Scribd

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