Or, as Emmett Tyrell calls it, the “tabernacle of hypocrisy”. Either description will do for the United Nations, which long ago proved its unworthiness as a responsible world forum, much less as an instrument for peace, stability, and human rights, and the corruption of its mission is beyond repair. The UN Security Council validated its irrelevance during the process leading to the war in Iraq, but I challenge anyone to name one instance since its founding when the UN has played a useful role in intervening to avert conflict. Rather than preserve international law, it has almost destroyed it. On the other hand, the General Assembly long ago became a haven and pulpit for the aggrandizement of racists, anti-Semites, anti-Americans, Marxist/Leninist demagogues, tinhorn dictators, and those erstwhile U. S. allies who need legitimate cover for their lucrative deals and conspiracies. The duplicity of Kofi Annan in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal and his failure to lift a finger to stop the massacre in the Sudan should simply be the last straws. He should go immediately, of course, but, more importantly, as soon as the elections in Iraq are completed, we should convene a world council of democracies and begin anew. Leave the humanitarian services capabilities of the UN in place, if necessary, but take Steve Forbes’s suggestion and invite them to move their headquarters to a country, such as Haiti, that would benefit more from their presence. Then invite those nations that are committed to the rule of law and consent of the governed to organize a new forum more appropriate to the new realities and aspirations of the 21st century.
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