Saturday, February 03, 2007

Former UN Ambassador Bolton Speaks At SU

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton spoke last night at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. This morning's Post Standard reports that Bolton addressed current national issues such as Iran's development of nuclear technology and the need for reform at the United Nations.

Diplomacy is not likely to stop Iran from pursuing development of nuclear weapons, John Bolton, the former U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, said Friday in Syracuse.

Political and economic isolation, and ultimately a new regime, likely would make a difference, Bolton said.

The political and economic isolation did not work in Iraq, the regime change did. Can we skip the next twelve years of isolation (we don't have that long) and go right for the regime change?

"When the Security Council speaks, people need to listen," Bolton said during his nearly 90-minute public appearance at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

And if countries opt to disregard the United Nations, then the United States will step up, he said.

This has been the story of the UN ever since it's inception after World War II. In every successful intervention, it has been US troops that have saved the day. Witness the one intervention spearheaded by France and Belgium. That enterprise resulted in the deaths of nearly a million Rwandans.

The US has carried the UN's water for almost sixty years. And all the US gets for this is a corrupt, festering carbuncle on the ass of our nation's largest city.

Bolton touched on other issues, such as the challenges of restructuring the permanent membership of the Security Council, which currently has five members, including the United States. It comes down to a question of which countries to add to the permanent membership and how many, Bolton said.

The current council composition dates to 1945 and reflects the geopolitical atmosphere at that time, not the present state of the world, he said.

Bolton is right, the UN is completely powerless without the US to back it up. In 1945 there were several great powers, Great Britain was one of them, the USSR another. Now there is only the US and China is emerging. Because of the Security Council, the UN is completely useless against totalitarian states.

Bolton criticized the U.N.'s Peace Building Commission, saying it hadn't made a decision in the last 10 years, and its Human Rights Council, saying that the attempt to restructure the former Human Rights Commission resulted in a nearly identical group.

Amen to that. The UN is an insane culture of never ending committees fueled by ambition and greed. And of course the moonbats were out last night.

Cynthia Banas, of Vernon, said she agreed with Bolton that the U.N. has faults. But the United States should not act on its own when making decisions. She mentioned the call for weapons inspections during the weeks before the U.S. military action in Iraq.

"The United States needs to listen to the other countries that make up that organization," Banas said, referring to the United Nations.

And that is the typical moonbat howl. If we had only listened to Saddam Hussein, he would not have feed his people into wood chippers. If we only had listened to the Khmer Rouge, they would not have slaughtered a quarter of Cambodia's population. If we had only just listened, and I mean listen with our hearts, to the Communist nations they would not have shot, strangled, starved to death, run over with tanks, cut the throats, burnt alive, worked to death, froze or poisoned 100 million people in the past eighty years.

If we would just only listen to them the world would be a so much more very very much better place to live. We must do this for the children...

"To say we don't listen is not the case," Bolton responded. He said the United States invaded Iraq because Iraq was not listening to the United Nations.

"Somebody has to do something about it," Bolton said. "Why is that the United States? Who else is there?"

There is no one else.
Because no one else cares.
And if they care, they can do nothing about it.
Because no one else can project force anywhere in the world within hours.
And that is how we make tyrants care.

As Stalin asked about the Catholic Church: "How many divisions does the Pope have?"

With questions like this, how else are we to answer?

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