Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ahmadinejad, the U.N. & Romney

A Washington Times editorial pretty much says what I think about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s impending visit to the U.N. and New York:

It is a disgrace to the founding principles and mission of the United Nations that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be allowed to speak before the body next week during the gathering of its General Assembly. Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is slated to speak next Tuesday in New York City, has openly called for the destruction of Israel, a U.N. member-state.
I was glad the WT was careful to say Ahmadinejad’s visit would be “a disgrace to the founding principles and mission of the United Nations.” His visit in no disgrace to the U.N. as it currently exists today as a hot bed of anti-Semitism.
"God willing, in the near future we will witness the destruction of the corrupt occupier regime," Mr. Ahmadinejad said in June. In 2005, he claimed that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world."
Why aren’t we hearing from all those “Bush is Hitler” Democrats now that there’s a President who really wants to complete Hitler’s “final solution?” Did they all go and
Such rhetoric has been condemned by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who, despite his strongly worded criticism of Mr. Ahmadinejad, must take more concrete action against the Ahmadinejad regime.

State Department officials have defended Mr. Ahmadinejad's speaking engagement, saying the U.N. is a place where member states can engage in dialogue, regardless of how the world despises its actions. Such a stance is puzzling. Under the shadow of the Holocaust, the United Nations was founded in 1945 by a war-torn world weary of conflict and was ready to embrace peace, social progress and human rights.

Mr. Ahmadinejad has chosen not to engage in a respectful dialogue and is instead calling for another genocide—and of the same original victims. This is in flagrant disregard of the U.N.'s mission.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has rightly expressed outrage at Mr. Ahmadinejad's presence in New York, pointing out in a letter to Mr. Ban that the despot is supporting Hezbollah's terrorist efforts, flouting the international community through his nuclear weapons program and supporting Shi'ite militia extremists in Iraq.

Mr. Romney commendably called on the United States to reconsider its participation in the U.N. should the body continue to act as a toothless overseer when it comes to Iran.
Romney’s right on that one. There has to come a point where the U.S. asks itself whether the U.N. is worth trying to save.

Sure, the U.N. does some humanitarian work. But so do many other organizations and without the massive corruption that runs throughout the U.N.

The WT editorial ends:
Republican Sen. John McCain yesterday also condemned Mr. Ahmadinejad's scheduled visit to American soil. We urge politicians on both sides of the aisle to join these ranks and demand increased U.N. pressure on Mr. Ahmadinejad.
Your turn, readers.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget, John, it was the United Nations that established Israel.

Anonymous said...

That's odd, I thought it was God Himself that established Israel. I've met God and the UN is no God.

Anonymous said...

As long as the UN is on US soil we have to put up with this stuff.

I say we give 'em $30B or so and they can move to freaking Belgium.

We can find better uses for Turtle Bay, and the UN freakshow will look better in Europe anyway.


Anonymous said...

To the 7.52:
I was talking with God today, and She says She doesn't know you or the UN.

がんこもん said...

John- Excellent post. I would like to add, however, that it was Muslim leadership during World War II that provided some of Hitler's most enthusiastic supporters as regards the Final Solution. Then-Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammed Amin al-Husseini, uncle of Yasser Arafat, was a special guest of Hitler from 1941-1945 and was used to sow anti-Jewish and anti-Western propaganda throughout the Muslim Arab states. So it is no surprise that the true successor of the Nazi 'Final Solution" should exist in Muslim lands.

As for the United Nations, I regret that it would seem to be time for that organization to join the League of Nations on the scrapheap of history. The founding ideals were good, but the execution has proven less than exemplary.