Thursday, September 23, 2004

Whatever, Kofi

Victor Davis Hanson is unsparing in this Opinion Journal article: “The U.N.? Who cares?”

So Americans' once gushy support for the U.N. during its adolescence is gone. By the 1970s we accepted at best that it had devolved into a neutral organization in its approach to the West, and by the 1980s sighed that it was now unabashedly hostile to freedom. But in our odyssey from encouragement, to skepticism, and then to hostility, we have now reached the final stage--of indifference. Americans do not get riled easily, so the U.N. will go out with a whimper rather than a bang. Indeed, millions have already shrugged, tuned out, and turned the channel on it.
And Silent Running notes that the esteemed body is contaminated with anti-Israel hostility:

It's almost time to disband this bunch of clowns, espcially when you remember their highly principled behaviour in Darfur and Iran, and over the Oil For Food scam they pulled in co-operation with Saddam Hussein.
Almost? Between feckless posturing, extending false hopes, and the Oil-for-Food scandal, I think the argument can be made that the United Nations has caused more harm than good over the past decade.

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