"During the years I was Nicolae Ceausescu's national-security adviser," he says, "I learned that petty tyrants cannot be handled with kid gloves. You need an iron fist."
After decades, even generations, of supporting petty little oppressive dictators all over the world, the US seems to have realized at last that appeasement doesn't work; that allowing evil men with evil purposes to have their way with their countries does not make friends for the USA. We seem to realize at last that we are not alone in this world; that the world won't be free unless we aggressively act to make it so and that we won't be free unless we stand up to aggressors and murderers. At least our leadership seems to understand that at last. I'm not so sure the American people are smart enough to look beyond their immediate wants and needs enough to create a future. Especially when it's as painful as the war against terrorism.
But I digress.
The UN is a mess. We've poured more money, lives and support into that organization since its inception and it is a joke. The funniest thing of all about the situation, though, is that the very people who want to keep the US in the UN are the ones who are bound and determined to kill it. They're the ones who refuse to support John Bolton as the US ambassador to the UN.
John Bolton is just what we need in the UN now.
John Bolton was the instrument that successfully repealed U.N. Resolution 3379 of 1975. That's the resolution that called Zionism "a form of racism and racial discrimination."
Shortly after it was passed the Communists unleashed a vicious disinformation campaign portraying the U.S. as a rapacious Zionist country run by a greedy "Council of the Elders of Zion" (aka the U.S. Congress) plotting to transform the rest of the world into a Jewish fiefdom. It lasted 16 years -- until John Bolton.
In 1991, Bolton called the hand of the Communists and he was so forceful, so armed with proof and documentation, and so insistent that he forced the UN to repeal the resolution by a margin of 111 to 25.
Ten years after Communism collapsed, an operation identical to the one the Communists had plotted in 1975 made its appearance at the United Nations. On August 31, 2001, a U.N. World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance opened in Durban, South Africa, to approve ostensibly pre-formulated Arab League declarations asserting that Zionism was a brutal form of racism, and that the United States was its main supporter.
The September 11 terrorist attacks came eight days after the United States had withdrawn its delegation from Durban, stating that this U.N. conference would 'stand self-condemned for yielding to extremists.'
It is significant that today’s horrific terrorism has reenergized the Soviet bloc’s former agitators around the world. Antonio Negri, a professor at the University of Padua who considered the brains of the Italian Red Brigades (a terrorist group financed by the Communists) and who served time in jail for his involvement in kidnapping Prime Minister Aldo Moro, is just one example. Negri coauthored a virulently anti-American book entitled Empire, in which he justifies Islamist terrorism as being a spearhead of 'postmodern revolution' against American globalization, the new “empire” he claims is breaking up nation states and creating huge unemployment. The New York Times called this modern-day Communist Manifesto 'the hot, smart book of the moment.'
This is a familiar theme. For 27 years of my other life I was involved in creating various Antonio Negris throughout Western Europe and using them to spread the seductive theory of economic determinism that still defines the mindset of Europe’s Left. I helped write the lyrics to the siren song according to which America, symbolizing the world’s rich, is to blame for all the evils of the world. I was steeped in its rhetoric. To me today, these Cold War agitators revived by Kofi Annan's UN are even more disturbing than the terrorists’ Kalashnikovs now aimed at us.
Nowadays it is considered bad manners to point a finger at Communist sources of anti-Americanism, but the truth is that the Soviet bloc’s old U.N. bag of dirty tricks continues to bear fruit. In 2003, the U.N. expelled the U.S. from the Commission on Human Rights by the overwhelming vote of 33 to 3. By that time the United Nations General Assembly had already passed 408 resolutions condemning Israel, the only U.N. member prohibited from holding a seat on the Security Council. The cumulative number of votes cast against Israel since 1967? 55,642.
Now Annan wants to 'reform' this U.N. with help from the same Communists who deformed it. On December 2, 2004, for example, he vigorously endorsed the 101 proposals of the 'High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.' One of the main members of this blue-ribbon panel is an old friend of mine, Yevgeny Primakov, a former Soviet intelligence adviser to Saddam Hussein. This is the same Primakov who rose to head Russia’s espionage service for a time, and to sing opera ditties with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright while secretly running the infamous Aldrich Ames spy case behind her back. Another prominent member is Qian Qichen, a former Red China spy who worked under diplomatic cover abroad, belonged to the Central Committee of the Communist party when it ordered the bloody Tiananmen Square repression in 1989, rose to the Politburo afterward, and later became vice-chairman of China's State Council. And then there is Amre Moussa, the secretary general of the Arab League (and a former KGB puppet), who misses the balance of power provided by the Soviet Union and is still unable to condemn — to say nothing about prevent — terrorism.
This panel recommended that the U.N. be transformed into a Communist-style welfare organization geared to eradicate the world’s poverty and its main diseases. For that, the panel concluded that the U.N.’s bureaucracy should be significantly increased, and the treasuries of its member countries additionally raided. In 1946 the U.N. budget was $21.5 million. This year it is approaching $10 billion. If Annan has his way, it will grow to over $30 billion next year, as the blue-ribbon commission wants the U.N. members to “donate” an additional $10 billion annually to fight AIDS and 0.7 percent of their GNP to reduce the debt of poor countries.
The U.N. Charter, signed in 1945, states that the purposes of the organization is to "'maintain international peace,' encourage 'respect for human rights,' and promote 'freedom for all.' Sixty years later the world looks quite different, but, according to Freedom House, some 2.4 billion people "are denied most basic political rights and civil liberties."
Nazism, the Holocaust, and Communism were not defeated by international organizations or by blue-ribbon commissions. They were defeated by the military actions of the United States, which is now working on crushing the evil of terrorism. The U.S., not the U.N., initiated freedom's current domino effect in the Middle East, a movement that now is even reaching into Ukraine, Georgia, and other former Soviet republics, while the U.N. is busy encouraging the growing anti-American barrage.
The U.S. is the only force on earth that has the moral authority, the experience, and the capability to reform the U.N. It is high time for Washington to take the initiative again, as it did when World War II ended.
President Bush has said that he's interested in seeing reform in the UN. John Bolton is the man with the clear vision and the toughness to get the job done. Put Bolton in there and you might actually save the UN; give the job to a weaker, less effective man and the UN will be a thing of the past before we know it.