Skip to comments.Wounded U.N. could end up handing out bandages
Posted on 04/13/2003 9:54:30 PM PDT by Diddley
The United Nations, which was created "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war," is a potential casualty of the latest war.
It will continue to run its humanitarian programs and ruminate on the great issues. But the Bush administration and its supporters, still smarting over the U.N. refusal to officially bless the war in Iraq, have essentially declared that in a new world policed by American power, the United Nations won't be a player. In the words of former Republican Party official Clifford May, now president of a Washington think tank, there are "five things grownups should no longer believe in: Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Tinker Bell, the United Nations and the 'international community.' "
The U.N. bashers aren't disturbed in the least by President Bush's declaration the other day that the United Nations should play a "vital" role in postwar Iraq, because they know that Bush's definition of "vital" (humanitarian aid) is far narrower than the internationalist definition (the United Nations as chief administrator).
But opponents of a Pax Americana contend that if Bush allows the Pentagon to marginalize the United Nations and run postwar Iraq by itself, which is the blueprint, at least for the next six months, it will confirm the widely held suspicion (outside U.S. borders, anyway) that the goal all along has been to make the world safe for U.S. interests.
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A young journalist named John F. Kennedy, writing in 1945 and feeling "disappointed and somewhat betrayed" by the United Nations' first session, even predicted that it would be undercut by "the timidity and selfishness" of its members.
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