The entire world was full of hope in the fall of 1945 when
the United Nations launched its mission to bring peace to a
war-torn planet. The mission failed. Miserably. The U.N. has
brought, instead, a global labyrinth of bureaucratic,
power-hungry institutions, prone to corruption,
ineffectiveness and supreme arrogance.
Secretary General, Kofi Annan, told the British press,
that the U.S. war in Iraq is "illegal." He does not
understand, or accept the fact that U.S. military action is
made "legal" by the U.S. Congress, not by anything the U.N.
may do or say.
Had the U.N. effectively enforced any of its resolutions
on Iraq, adopted since the first Gulf War, perhaps the U.S.
would not have been forced into war. The U.N. has become
How long has this bloated institution been discussing,
debating, and delaying action to stop the slaughter of
innocent people in Sudan by government agents? The same
government, incidentally, that was chosen to sit on the
U.N.'s Human Rights Commission in 2001, while the U.S. was
kicked off the Commission.
If the U.N. is good at anything, it is concealment,
cover-up and corruption. There is no better example of this
attribute than the unfolding "Oil for Food" scam run
directly out of Kofi Annan's office since 1997.
The U.N. ignored allegations of corruption prior to the
fall of Saddam. Not until U.S. troops moved into Iraq and
confiscated a truckload of records did the magnitude of the
scam come into focus. It is now known that at least $10
billion was skimmed from the program for Saddam and his
cronies. Saddam's "cronies" seem to include high-level
officials at the U.N. and government officials in France,
Russia and Germany, as well. There is growing evidence that
the bombs and bullets used by the insurgents in Iraq were
bought with money from this scam.
Still, Kofi Annan refuses to release the records for
The U.N. is beyond reform, beyond rescue, beyond hope.
The United States is charting a new course. In the last
four years, the United States has walked away from the Kyoto
Protocol, withdrawn from the International Criminal Court,
blocked the U.N. global taxation scheme and launched a war
without the U.N.'s approval. The United States is beginning
to lead the world away from global governance administered
by a corrupt, moribund global bureaucracy, toward a world
where national sovereignty is supreme. Moreover, the United
States has declared that sovereign nations, shadowy
organizations or misguided individuals who use terrorist
tactics against America are targets for elimination.
This new direction has spawned enemies abroad and at
home. The global governance proponents know that their
dreams will die without the participation of the United
States. Dictators and tyrants know that their dreams will
die if their rule is replaced by representative governments,
which allow people to be free to pursue their own
This new direction is in its infancy. If allowed to
continue, it can transform the world, not by regulatory
control, as is the essence of global governance, but by
unleashed opportunity, as is the essence of freedom.
If the people of Iraq and Afghanistan can build a
representative government, in which the people make their
laws based on the principles of freedom, these nations will
become beacons of hope throughout the Middle East.
President Bush told the U.N. General Assembly this week
that the advance of freedom always comes at great cost. The
United States paid that cost for the people of Europe a
half-century ago. Now, the U.S. and its coalition partners
are paying the cost for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
The cost of freedom is always painful for those who are
called upon to pay. But the pain is far less than that
endured by the innocent victims of ruthless terror. Failure
to act – as is the chief characteristic of the U.N. – or
refusal to pay the cost allows and encourages the terrorists
– who delight in videotaping the beheading of innocent
victims, who capture a school full of innocent children and
shoot them for sport, who fly fully-loaded airplanes into
the World Trade Center, and who continue to try desperately
to prevent the birth of democracy in Iraq.
The United Nations has chosen not to pay the cost of
advancing freedom in Iraq, or the cost of relief in Sudan,
or the cost of honesty in the Oil for Food scam. The United
States, on the other hand, has established a clear and
honorable goal: the birth and nurture of freedom as the only
remedy to terrorism, and a new and brighter future for the