May 16, 2004

The sunny utopian image endures...

Another good one from Mark Steyn, The last thing Iraq needs is the cheats of the UN:

'War without the UN is unthinkable," huffed The Guardian's Polly Toynbee a year ago, just before it happened. For a certain type of person, any action on the international scene without the UN is unthinkable. And, conversely, anything that happens under the UN imprimatur is mostly for the unthinking.

No matter how corrupt and depraved it is in practice, the organization's sunny utopian image endures. Say the initials "UN" to your average member of Ms Toynbee's legions of the unthinking and they conjure up not UN participation in the sex-slave trade in Bosnia, nor the UN refugee extortion racket in Kenya, nor the UN cover-up of the sex-for-food scandal in West Africa, nor UN complicity in massacres, but some misty Unesco cultural event compered by the late Sir Peter Ustinov featuring photogenic children.

So the question now is whether the UN Oil-for-Food programme is just another of those things that slip down the memory hole, and we all go back to parroting the lullaby that "only the UN can bring legitimacy to Iraq/Afghanistan/Your Basket Case Here"...

Read the whole ticket. The extent of the scandal is stupefying. And that's just the stuff Kofi admits to, there's no imagining what might turn up if they really had a thorough audit.

Yet Democrats keep repeating that we need the UN. It's robotic and delusional. Seriously delusional! Marching-off-the-cliff delusional. The UN is not just corrupt, it's evil. It's a club for despots.

Posted by John Weidner at May 16, 2004 9:09 AM
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