Friday, January 13, 2006

UN Aims, Shoots Self In Foot

Kofi Annan recently posed in front of a map from which the state of Israel had been erased. This was foolish, since it confirms the UN as a supporter of the Arab cause, and thus unable to adjudicate the attack on Iran.

John Bolton is on the case (my ellipsis).
The American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, upped the ante in an escalating confrontation between America and Turtle Bay on the issue of Israel's place at the world body. In a sharply worded letter to Secretary-General Annan, Mr. Bolton threatened to cut funding to the United Nations if it continues to promote anti-Israel events.

Mr. Bolton's January 3 letter...is a response to a November 29 event celebrating an annual "International Day of Solidarity With the Palestinian People." At the event, which was attended by Mr. Annan and other top diplomats, a map that "erases the state of Israel," as Mr. Bolton wrote, was displayed.

"Given that we now have a world leader pursuing nuclear weapons who is calling for the state of Israel to be wiped off the map, the issue has even greater salience," Mr. Bolton wrote.

A photo of Mr. Annan standing below the map - several days after President Ahmadinejad of Iran made his statement - was carried last month on (a UN) Web site, creating a storm of criticism. The site also highlighted the seven-figure budget of U.N. bodies dedicated to promoting what Israel and America consider one-sided, anti-Israel propaganda in the guise of solidarity with Palestinian Arabs.
The Europeans - having bought Iran the 2 years it needed to manufacture the Uranium Hexafluoride for its weapons centrifuges - have now referred their failure to the UN security Council, hoping no doubt to stop the US and Israels doing what they must. Unfortunately for them, Annan has now ensured that nobody will take the deliberations of the UN seriously.

One would need a heart of stone...