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.
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by Kay B. Day
For some conservatives, the United Nations is the single largest factor in many of America’s problems—the entity is the most effective re-distributor of wealth in modern history. UN secretary generals, including the current SG Ban ki Moon, have damaged the US image more than any American official.
Of late, Ban has issued ‘the sky is falling’ warnings about climate change, an effective recruiting tool in countries where there is no freedom of the press. You could probably ask most Main Streeters anywhere in the world about scientists who disagree with financier Al Gore’s dire predictions and you’d not find a one who knew there are indeed scientists who disagree. Developing countries blame the US and other industrialized countries for everything from drought to typhoons. It's easier to blame an outside party than to hold leaders of those countries accountable.
But all that is insignificant when it comes to Ban’s enthusiasm for R2P, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine.
North Korea launched a rocket Sunday morning as promised, and the renegade country’s decision elevated Japan to hero status but further highlighted the uselessness of the United Nations when it comes to dealing with rogue nations. The Japan Times (Apr. 5) said, “The missile, which Pyongyang claimed was carrying a satellite, blasted off from the Musudan-ri launch facility at 11:30 a.m. despite warnings from Tokyo and Washington that it would violate U.N. resolutions banning the North from ballistic activity. The Defense Ministry said the rocket's first booster fell into the Sea of Japan approximately 280 km [approx. 174 miles] west of Akita Prefecture at around 11:37 a.m.” It’s not hard to imagine what residents in one of America’s most important allied countries must have been thinking. Comments from a top Japanese blogger reflect justifiable frustration.