by Kay B. Day
Libya’s leader Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi addressed the United Nations on Wednesday, delivering a speech that ran almost 2 hours and covered much of world history from his own unique perspective. The translation was rough at both CNN and at Fox News—Qadhafi spoke rapidly and passionately. He had one good idea—to move the UN somewhere other than New York because of all the security issues related to terrorism. He said, “America is targeted by terrorists.” As an aside, he pointed out members who come from the East suffer from jet lag.
Qadhafi’s speech was his first address to the UN, representing the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. The country is 97 percent Sunni Muslim.
The “revolutionary leader” gave a rambling history of the world, offering a TV viewer the impression of watching a train wreck. It was hard to listen to and almost impossible to tear oneself away from.
Among Qadhafi's claims:
•The Somali pirates are not really pirates. “Libya, India, Japan and America—we are all pirates.”Fox News said the CIA has noted Qadhafi has a “borderline personality disorder.”
•Capitalists made the Swine Flu virus so they could sell “the vaccinations.” He added, “Medicines should not be sold; they should not be a commissioned business.”
•He called President Barack Obama, “our son, my son.” No word yet on our president’s response to that endearment.
•The files on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy should be re-opened. Jack Ruby was “an Israeli.”
•Another reason to move the UN: some countries couldn’t get entry visas for members of their staff and/or entourage.
•Direct quote: “Who said Taliban is an enemy?”
•Direct quote: “Arabs have no hostility or animosity towards Israel.”
•Direct quote: “The UN Security Council is ‘The Terror Council.’”
Whatever his mental state, Qadhafi’s speech is a reminder the UN has outlived its usefulness for Americans. The organization is nothing more than a sinkhole for taxpayer money. One of the many good ideas Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed during the campaign suggested the U.S. leave the UN and form an organization of democracies.
Fox News reported in 2008, “Rich countries, led by the United States, take note: you already pay about three times as much for the U.N. as appears on your own books — about $17.2 billion in 2006, according to figures newly pulled together in a U.N. report. And that number includes a whopping $800 million surplus for the sprawling U.N. system.” Those figures by the way may or may not be the sum total. The UN is a sprawling parallel government with a number of mini-organizations attached. All have a steady intent to usurp the sovereignty of other nations. If I pointed to one entity that has tarnished the U.S. image more than any other, it would be the UN. Our benefits are minimal; our cost is excessive.
Qadhafi’s rant will perhaps remind the American people the best thing we could do for our country and for others is to remove ourselves from an organization with a past history of corruption such as Oil for Food and a never-ending appetite for dollars from industrialized countries the UN, like Qadhafi, tends to demonize.
People in other countries also resent globalization. Free trade is necessary, but the imposition of cultural standards on others angers Americans and citizens abroad as well. Fox News said American dignitaries did not stay for Qadhafi's speech, instead leaving a note taker to record the address.