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THE U.N. NEEDS TO BE DESTROYED (Mark Steyn)
MarkSteynOnline ^ | 10/7/04 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 10/07/2004 4:43:10 PM PDT by MarlboroRed

Don't take the word of your lazy rolling-news update anchor or the AP rewrite guy on the Duelfer findings on Iraq. Instead, read the report for yourself. It is an amazing document. It renders John Kerry, on foreign policy and national security, either a complacent fool or an utter fraud. It's not about WMD, it's about the top-to-toe corruption of the entire international system by Saddam Hussein. The "global test" is a racket, and anybody who puts faith in it is jeopardizing America's national security. If the lazy US media won't pick up this story now, shame on them. Here's what I wrote six months ago, in The Sunday Telegraph of April 25th:

'War without the UN is unthinkable," huffed The Guardian's Polly Toynbee a year ago, just before it happened. For a certain type of person, any action on the international scene without the UN is unthinkable. And, conversely, anything that happens under the UN imprimatur is mostly for the unthinking.

No matter how corrupt and depraved it is in practice, the organisation's sunny utopian image endures. Say the initials "UN" to your average member of Ms Toynbee's legions of the unthinking and they conjure up not UN participation in the sex-slave trade in Bosnia, nor the UN refugee extortion racket in Kenya, nor the UN cover-up of the sex-for-food scandal in West Africa, nor UN complicity in massacres, but some misty Unesco cultural event compered by the late Sir Peter Ustinov featuring photogenic children of many lands.

So the question now is whether the UN Oil-for-Food programme is just another of those things that slip down the memory hole, and we all go back to parroting the lullaby that "only the UN can bring legitimacy to Iraq/Afghanistan/Your Basket Case Here". Legitimacy seems to be the one thing the UN doesn't bring, and I'm not just talking about the love-children of UN-enriched Balkan hookers in Kosovo.

The scale of the UN Oil-for-Fraud programme is way beyond any of the corporate scandals that so excite the progressive mind. Oil-for-Food was designed to let the Iraqi government sell a limited amount of oil in return for food and other necessities for its people. Between 1996 and 2003, Saddam did more than $100 billion of business, all of it approved by Kofi Annan's Secretariat.

In return, by their own official figures, $15 billion of food and health supplies was sent to Iraq. What proportion of this reached the sick and malnourished Iraqi children is anybody's guess. Coalition troops discovered stockpiles of UN food far from starving moppets. But let us assume there is an innocent explanation. Even so, by the UN's own account, Oil-for-Food seemed to involve an awful lot of oil for not much food.

Where did all the other billions go? According to Kofi Annan himself, some $31 billion went on other "humanitarian" spending for Iraq. Such as? Well, in 2002, the Secretary-General expanded the programme to cover other "humanitarian" categories such as "sport", "information", "justice" and "labour and social affairs".

In Iraq, "sport" meant Uday's rape rooms, and "justice" meant a mass grave out in the desert, but that's not to say there weren't attendant expenses involved. So Kofi himself directly approved such "humanitarian" items as $20 million for an "Olympic sport city" (state-of-the-art rape rooms) and $50 million for Iraq's Ministry of Information (Comical Ali's office).

As the US Defence Contract Management Agency's report put it after the liberation, "Some items of questionable utility for the Iraqi people (eg, Mercedes-Benz touring sedans) were identified". The Jordanian supplier of school furniture had to be let go on the grounds that he didn't exist.

At the UN they were taken aback by this impertinent auditing by US government agencies. At Enron, you have to run the books past Arthur Andersen. But at UNron you don't need to hire even a ledger clerk. That total of $46 billion - 15 for food, 31 for Ba'ath Party interior decorating - is Kofi's best guess, and he expects us to take his word for it.

True, he approved some scrutiny. All Oil-for-Food shipments into Iraq had to be inspected - initially by Lloyd's Register of London, but in 1998 they were let go and replaced by a Swiss company, who had on the payroll a consultant by the name of Kojo Annan, son of Kofi. Hmm.

So far all this is just UN business as usual - venal and wasteful, albeit on a larger scale than ever before. But even by their own revolting standards the UN crossed a line.

A programme created to allow the world to constrain Saddam appears to have become instead the means by which Saddam constrained the world. Oil-for-Food gave him a free hand to reward well-connected French and Russian suppliers. He ran the programme by selling cut-price vouchers for Iraqi oil to politicians and bureaucrats, which they could then offload on the world markets at the going rate.

Among the alleged beneficiaries were senior French politicians and Russia's "office of the President". According to documentation found in the Oil Ministry in Baghdad, recipients of Saddam's generosity included the man Annan picked to run Oil-for-Food, the UN under-secretary-general Benon Sevan, who got enough oil to make himself a nice illegal profit of $3.5 million.

In other words, Oil-for-Fraud is everything the Left said the war was: it was all about oil - for Benon Sevan, the UN, France, Russia and the others who had every incentive to maintain Saddam in power. Every Halliburton invoice to the Pentagon is audited to the last penny, but Saddam can use Kofi Annan's office as a front for a multi-billion dollar global kickback scheme and, until it was brought to public attention by the tireless Claudia Rosett of The Wall Street Journal and a few other persistent types, the Secretary-General apparently never noticed.

Mr Sevan has now returned to New York from Australia. The lethargic Aussie press had made little effort to run him to ground because the notion that lifelong UN bureaucrats could be at the centre of a web of massive fraud at the expense of starving Iraqi urchins is just too, too "unthinkable" for much of the media.

So the conventional wisdom stays conventional - that we need to get the UN back into Iraq. No we don't. Iraq deserves better than an organisation which spent the last six years as Saddam's collaborator. As Claudia Rosett put it, "We are left to contemplate a UN system that has engendered a Secretary-General either so dishonest that he should be dismissed or so incompetent that he is truly dangerous and should be dismissed."

He should be, but he almost certainly won't be. After all, it's hardly his fault. When he set up the show, who'd have thought that one day there would be US auditors in Baghdad? Why, it was, as Polly Toynbee would say, "unthinkable".


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: duelfer; iraq; marksteyn; oilforfood; saddam; steyn; un; uncorruption; unreform
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1 posted on 10/07/2004 4:43:10 PM PDT by MarlboroRed
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To: MarlboroRed

The u.n. is as useless as teats on a boar hog.


2 posted on 10/07/2004 4:45:01 PM PDT by Tweaker
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To: MarlboroRed

Without even reading the post, I agree with the title!


3 posted on 10/07/2004 4:45:24 PM PDT by mombonn (kerry . . . he spent 20 years in the Senate and doesn't have much to show for it. íViva Bush/Cheney!)
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To: mombonn

It is time to take action... call for immediate withdraw of the US from the UN.... Its sanctions are a joke and have gotten Americans killed... French rockets killing our boys in combat... this is outrageous... A global test... Kerry will sell out the US ... FREEDOM trumps the Global Test...


4 posted on 10/07/2004 4:50:26 PM PDT by tomnbeverly (Global Tests in the defense of our Country are not supported by the CONSTITUTION.)
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To: MarlboroRed

Excellent article, I wonder what other nations, besides the bribed ones, think of this. Is there any recognition that the UN is a rotting cesspool of corruption?
The entire rat's nest needs to be cleaned out, that especially means Kofi.
Plus the nations that took part in this need to be put on a probation of sorts and all veto power they have needs to be revoked.
That would only scratch the surface, it would be easier to just scrap it and not start over. It seems that a multi-national beauracracy is a breeding ground of corruption and anti-American interests.


5 posted on 10/07/2004 4:52:14 PM PDT by Brett66 (Dan Rather, the most busted man in America.)
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To: MarlboroRed
"At Enron, you have to run the books past Arthur Andersen. But at UNron you don't need to hire even a ledger clerk."
6 posted on 10/07/2004 4:52:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin (We have low inflation and and low unemployment.)
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To: MarlboroRed
This says it all!!


7 posted on 10/07/2004 4:53:51 PM PDT by unixfox (Close the borders, problems solved!)
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To: Tweaker

Mega AMEN!


8 posted on 10/07/2004 5:00:49 PM PDT by mywholebodyisaweapon
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To: MarlboroRed

I totally agree with Mark Steyn. The UN is as useful now as the League of Nations was after WWI.
They are hive of bribery, liers and above all America-haters.
There would be groundswell citizen approval if a gutsy U.S. Congress did not pay our U.S. dues next year and as a result, the UN was homeless.


9 posted on 10/07/2004 5:09:58 PM PDT by WoodstockCat (DNC and John Kerry: Forgers R' Us)
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To: bellas_sister

great article


10 posted on 10/07/2004 5:17:06 PM PDT by bellas_sister
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To: MarlboroRed
I stated on another thread that the UN is salvageable, but not under its current staff. It would take a comprehensive audit by an independent agency to even begin to right this sinking ship, to be repeated yearly and published to the world.

And it won't happen. The reason it won't happen is the reason the UN is doomed - it has become the playground for every two-bit bureaucrat and tinpot despot in the world, a means for them to validate one another and act out a legitimacy they have not earned. Duty there for this ruling class is no more than an extension of their progress in theft within their own countries. No more perfect example of this is the sitting Human Rights Commission, chaired by Libya and populated by such avatars of human dignity as Cuba, Zimbabwe, and Sudan.

The problem here is obvious: it is that in an effort to promote egalitarianism the foreign minister of Zimbabwe is accorded the same respect that is given the foreign minister of Australia, despite the (ahem) difference in moral character between the two men and their respective governments. There is no judgment in that august body between good men and evil, oppressors and liberators. That is not to say there is no moral approval or disapproval for actions dealt with therein, but the only criterion used is whether, or on which side, the United States is involved. The other side is the moral one.

I shall not give up on the idea of the UN, because I think that something like it is needed, but in its current form and under its current miasma of corruption I cannot find a single reason to defend it.

11 posted on 10/07/2004 5:18:22 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: MarlboroRed

For decades it has been clear that in order to help establish liberty and justice in the nations of the world, the UN MUST be destroyed first. The question is how to do it. The U.S. Congress does not have the will to stop funding the damn corrupt bastards at taxpayers' expense; I have no doubt that a lot of that stolen money winds up in the campaign coffers of members of the US Senate and probably quite a bit of it in the senators' personal accounts. Those who may not have been multimillionaires when they were elected to the Senate, sure as heck are when they leave! $100 billion buys a lot of corruption. Couple that with the payoffs coming from the drug cartels, and pretty soon it adds up to a lot of money.


12 posted on 10/07/2004 5:18:55 PM PDT by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: MarlboroRed

I don't give a RA if they go or where they go but I am sick and tired of watching our tax money go to the UN Mafia.


13 posted on 10/07/2004 5:22:02 PM PDT by matchwood
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To: WoodstockCat; All

I wonder if the US pulled out of the UN if there w/b other countries to jump ship also? Any ideas as to which countries?


14 posted on 10/07/2004 5:23:31 PM PDT by Tarheel
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To: Tarheel

Probably most of new Europe...
I think our best bet would be to jettison France from NATO and start over there.
The UN Sec. Generals always come from 3rd world nations that have no general clue about building a growing economy, giving people free elections, etc.


15 posted on 10/07/2004 5:27:16 PM PDT by WoodstockCat (DNC and John Kerry: Forgers R' Us)
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To: unixfox

Add This one too!

16 posted on 10/07/2004 5:27:38 PM PDT by LuigiBasco (It's LONG past time to restart The Crusades.)
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To: WoodstockCat
I think our best bet would be to jettison France from NATO and start over there.

YES, frankly France should not be permitted to join anything until they improve their attitude. And maybe not even then!

17 posted on 10/07/2004 5:31:44 PM PDT by Tarheel
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To: MarlboroRed

bump


18 posted on 10/07/2004 5:32:35 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: LuigiBasco
And this one for good measure
19 posted on 10/07/2004 5:33:06 PM PDT by LuigiBasco (It's LONG past time to restart The Crusades.)
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To: mombonn

"Without even reading the post, I agree with the title!"

I'll second that...


20 posted on 10/07/2004 5:34:32 PM PDT by Hotdog
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To: MarlboroRed
We need to drop out of the UN and stop funding it.

That should assure it's demise. Take away the

gravy and the crime-dogs will disappear.

But,we need to start our own UN. We need an

organization of countries that are "our" allies,

"true" allies, even if we can count them all on one

hand. No more UN BS.
21 posted on 10/07/2004 5:40:52 PM PDT by rodguy911 ( President Reagan---all the rest.)
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To: Billthedrill

Good thoughts Bill.


22 posted on 10/07/2004 5:42:30 PM PDT by rodguy911 ( President Reagan---all the rest.)
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To: Billthedrill
I shall not give up on the idea of the UN, because I think that something like it is needed, but in its current form and under its current miasma of corruption I cannot find a single reason to defend it.

Well said.

If something like the UN is ever tried again, membership should be earned and invitational. It's not enough to simply "declare independence" from a colonial master. One must also establish a society predicated on individual freedom and the right to own property.

23 posted on 10/07/2004 5:43:23 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: MarlboroRed

Keep your friends close and your enemy's closer.

Walk away from the UN. Pull every single diplomatic provision specific to the UN from every lawbook in the land.

When their first tax bill arrives payable to the NYC Board of Revenue, we'll have an empty building in heavy need of repair. Not to mention a choice opportunity to regroup with the good guys of the world and try again.


24 posted on 10/07/2004 5:48:20 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1 (At 200 mph, you have no friends..)
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To: Tweaker

You wrote:

The u.n. is as useless as teats on a boar hog.


Well said, my friend...


25 posted on 10/07/2004 5:49:09 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [my grandkids are way more important than any liberal's feelings!])
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To: okie01

You wrote:

If something like the UN is ever tried again, membership should be earned and invitational. It's not enough to simply "declare independence" from a colonial master. One must also establish a society predicated on individual freedom and the right to own property.

And no encumbrances on the God given right of self defense!!!!!


26 posted on 10/07/2004 5:56:15 PM PDT by GW and Twins Pawpaw (Sheepdog for Five [my grandkids are way more important than any liberal's feelings!])
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To: MarlboroRed
The "global test" is a racket

The self-righteous Left thinks that all of their most sacred cows are indeed sacred--but they are all about money...abortion is a money making industry...over $1 billion a year...no wonder they oppsed sonograms for poor women...welfare and food stamps are a racket aided and abetted by the poverty pimps in the minority community...lots of double dipping and food stamps for sale on the street...the environmental movement is about trial lawyers and social engineering more than about the land and the people...as my mother used to say "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".

I am especially pissed about the UN creeps who force poor children in Africa to give up sex in exchange for food...Lord help us...boys and girls often orphans being exploited and often infected with AIDS...BTW where's Al I love my people Sharpton...too busy getting paid by the Dems to scare up the vote, I guess.

27 posted on 10/07/2004 5:57:55 PM PDT by foreshadowed at waco
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To: MarlboroRed

Ceded sovreignty is ceded sovreignty. Empowered bureaucracies are corruptible bureaucracies.


28 posted on 10/07/2004 6:02:14 PM PDT by jimfree (And amigos forever we'll be.)
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To: Billthedrill
"IMHO the reason why the Left or Tranzis have made an issue of Halliburton may have been to try to draw a parrell with the UN scam, SHOULD THE SCADAL BE FOUND OUT

THIS MUST NOT STAND.

I have also felt that the hatred for Israel is because she will allways be a nation-state (ANATHEMA) and is Judaic. Amtisemetism is a good tool for Elites in realizing their Transnational Progressivism. Perhaps antisemitism has been used to advance their goals in abolishing the Nation-State and advance the Tanzis agenda.

"If the new hatred of George Bush is the natural expression of an elite that blurs truth and fiction, word and deed, then anger at a powerful America itself also is explicable in terms of the postmodernist paradigm. Because to the intellectual architects of the modern Left, the overdog automatically forfeits morality, the United States is in a particularly unenviable position as the world’s hyperpower. No absolute standards or recent history are necessary to place the mistreatment of prisoners in a proper context—not when televised pictures flooding our screens from Abu Graib show beefy, white uniformed Americans and poor, thin naked Iraqis. American misdemeanors of sexual humiliation and degradation by rogue soldiers and negligent officers are no different, as Senator Kennedy pointed out, from Saddam’s systematic efforts to institutionalize mass murder."

-vdh


29 posted on 10/07/2004 6:08:02 PM PDT by Helms (nu-ance : [ from KERRY French, from nuer, to Shade the Truth via Language and Subvert Reality])
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To: MarlboroRed

The US should not send any contributions to the UN until there is a full accounting by a reputable Big 4 accounting firm of all dollars spent. Since the US funds over 70% of the UN budget, things would get straightened out quickly. Kofi Annan needs to go.....


30 posted on 10/07/2004 6:09:57 PM PDT by cmiller623 (The Johns say they eschew capitalism but Kerry married wealth and Edwards sued wealth)
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To: GW and Twins Pawpaw
And no encumbrances on the God given right of self defense!!!!!

None whatsoever.

31 posted on 10/07/2004 6:14:00 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Tweaker
The u.n. is as useless as teats on a boar hog.

If they were only "useless", they would be harmless. Unfortunately, the UN is vastly destructive.

32 posted on 10/07/2004 6:14:24 PM PDT by Ichneumon ("...she might as well have been a space alien." - Bill Clinton, on Hillary, "My Life", p. 182)
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To: MarlboroRed

Don't forget that is was the Rockefellers who gave land in Manhattan to the UN. The UN should be abolished.


33 posted on 10/07/2004 6:22:33 PM PDT by Ptarmigan (Proud rabbit hater and killer)
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To: MarlboroRed
Can't Congress address this right now. Introduce legislation to withold all dues and cooperation until the books are opened wide. Set a deadline for our withdrawl if they don't comply. Send them a bill for the blood and money we lost in Iraq because they wouldn't stand firm.

Make all our representatives vote on it before the election.


34 posted on 10/07/2004 6:25:15 PM PDT by Dilbert56
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To: lepton

bookmark bump


35 posted on 10/07/2004 6:40:59 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: MarlboroRed

I just hope that if Bush is elected, changes will be made, and that all of us petition to get these bastrds out of our country, and built a 'true' UN with only those who have assisted us. It makes me very agnry knowing that these bastards are being paid by all of us, to continue their corruption, and their anti-merican rhetoric.


36 posted on 10/07/2004 6:47:36 PM PDT by Inge C (,)
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To: MarlboroRed

The liberals worship the UN. As a result, the mainstream media will print and air nothing that could discredit their "precious." Mark Steyn right; the OFF program shows us the UN is about anything but securing international peace and security; in reality it was a welfare and public relations program for Saddam Hussein. Don't count on AP or your evening news anchor person to highlight the truth that damns the Kerry/Edwards ticket.


37 posted on 10/07/2004 6:51:26 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: MarlboroRed

Makes you wonder who else was bought off.


38 posted on 10/07/2004 7:09:16 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: MarlboroRed

Your all missing the point, this story is errupting everywhere.

It is without a doubt the most outlandishly disgusting story of modern times and will not die.

It also leaves 'Effin vulnerable to merciless attack, due to his cretinous belief in the UN et al.


39 posted on 10/07/2004 7:23:26 PM PDT by crazycat
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To: MarlboroRed

Dang.


40 posted on 10/07/2004 7:33:53 PM PDT by Tax-chick (If you stand very still, they may think you're a tree.)
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To: MarlboroRed

Great post and comments bump!


41 posted on 10/07/2004 7:44:34 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Billthedrill

Exactly - excellent post!


42 posted on 10/07/2004 7:54:22 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: Billthedrill
".......I think that something like it is needed......"

I agree.

(1) Starting over and maybe (2) made up only of representatives of governments that are freely elected by their people (?).

The only problem with this is that someone like Saddam had an election and won 99.999996% of the vote (by coersion and illegal means, of course).

Good thoughts though.

43 posted on 10/07/2004 7:55:59 PM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: MarlboroRed

I hope and pray that this is what brings the UN down...

Mama


44 posted on 10/07/2004 8:11:42 PM PDT by Mama Shawna
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To: tomnbeverly
"French rockets killing our boys in combat... this is outrageous"

This statement needs to be hammered home tomorrow night...this and the U.N. scandals..all of them.
Also, that Lurch has already conceded that he can't get anymore euro-trash help for Iraq...plus all the support he's lost from our coalition (Brits, Aussies, Iraqis and all the rest)plus the President of Poland basically saying this week that Kerry is shameful for not recognizing their help, Plus the Iranian Mullahs saying they wouldn't take him up on his offer of giving them nuke material as test anyway!?!?!?! Hi whole "I have a smarter foreign policy" argument is GONE!!! He would have done it smarter??? These issues prove how stupid the man really is!
45 posted on 10/07/2004 8:13:13 PM PDT by libs_kma (USA: The land of the Free....Because of the Brave!)
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To: libs_kma

Ditto...


46 posted on 10/07/2004 8:25:27 PM PDT by tomnbeverly (Global Tests in the defense of our Country are not supported by the CONSTITUTION.)
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To: MarlboroRed

The UN is much worse than "useless." It is the enemy of all national sovereignty. It is the enemy of the American Revolution. It is the enemy of the US Constitution. It is the enemy of our real allies (especially Israel). It is the enemy of the right to keep and bear arms. It is the enemy of unborn children. It is the enemy of parents. It is the enemy of the Church. It is the enemy of God Himself. THE UN MUST BE DESTROYED!


47 posted on 10/07/2004 8:34:40 PM PDT by FearGodNotMen
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To: MarlboroRed

Did you see that? 15 bil of aid, 100 bil of business...no wonder Saddam pretended like he still had wmd....much too profitable...


48 posted on 10/07/2004 8:42:39 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Giving Comfort to the Enemy Is Not Something A Presidential Candidate Should Do)
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To: Billthedrill
I stated on another thread that the UN is salvageable, but not under its current staff. It would take a comprehensive audit by an independent agency to even begin to right this sinking ship, to be repeated yearly and published to the world.

Said "independent agency" would itself be subject to the same corrupting forces that have taken the UN under sway. It's a sturctural problem: ultimate authority is inherently subject to corruption. The checks and balances of numerous poly-polar governments, each subject to the consent of the people, are the only antidote.

That precondition has yet to be satisfied. Going in the direction of a global authority of any kind is fraught with peril.

49 posted on 10/07/2004 9:56:20 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: WoodstockCat

"The UN is as useful now as the League of Nations was after WWI."

Not true. The League was FAR more useful.

1) We didn't fund the League of Nations to the tune of billions of dollars.
2) We didn't subject ourselves to League of Nations jurisdiction on any level.
3) We didn't care much what the League of Nations had to say, period.
4) We didn't have the League of Nations on U.S. soil.
5) We didn't deal with any members of the League of Nations as if they were our equals because they were recognized by the League of Nations.
6) We didn't have to veto stupid actions by the League of Nations.
7) We didn't watch the League of Nations Secretary General get rich starving Iraqi children.
8) We didn't have to combat League of Nations funded terrorists.
9) We didn't have to watch our 'allies' use the League of Nations to block action in defense of freedom.
10) We didn't have to watch our enemies use their seats at the League of Nations to send hundreds of spies to the U.S. under diplomatic cover.

That's all I got so far. Got more?


50 posted on 10/07/2004 10:16:55 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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