By Thomas P. Kilgannon
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The Terrorists' Club
Former New York City mayor Ed Koch once called the United Nations "a cesspool." In fact, it is worse than that. The United Nations of today is the world's largest terrorist cell. It is a place where terrorist nations meet, hold membership, and promote their agendas. It is an institution through which they spread hate and encourage violence. This behavior is carried out on American soil and subsidized by American taxpayers.
By providing a forum, the United Nations does for terrorist diplomacy what Al Jazeera does for terrorist propaganda. It is a leading dispensary of jihadist poison. The General Assembly of the United Nations is for today's terrorists what the Ravenite Social Club was for John Gotti—a home away from home, a place where business is conducted.
The United States must recognize this fact and put the UN out of business. We must do so because international terrorism aimed at the United States and her citizens is the number one concern for American foreign policy and national security. It will continue to be for many years to come, as it should have been prior to September 11, 2001, when alarm bells rang throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
During that time, the U.S. was the target of major attacks, mostly overseas. The modern terrorist war against America can be traced to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran, where 52 American hostages were held for 444 days. In 1983, the U.S. embassy in Beirut was attacked in April, and then in October, 241 Marines were killed during the bombing of the Marine barracks, also in Beirut. Libya carried out terrorist attacks on American citizens in 1986 at a German disco and in 1988 when it blew Pan Am flight 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie, Scotland.
In the 1990s, Americans were targeted in the first attempt on the World Trade Center in February 1993. In 1995 and 1996, there were attacks on U.S. military facilities in Riyadh and at the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia. On August 7, 1998, U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, came under attack, killing more than 300 people. In 2000, it was the bombing of the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen. Seventeen American sailors lost their lives that day, and another thirty-nine were injured.
But the attacks of September 11, 2001, crystallized the nature of the threat against the United States, and the Bush administration decided to change the way business was done in Washington with respect to fighting terrorism. The FBI's first priority would no longer be to solve terrorist crimes, but to prevent them. The CIA and the FBI were ordered to cooperate with one another. A new Department of Homeland Security was created. The Patriot Act was pushed through Congress and defended over loud criticisms.
Soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines would not be the only individuals fighting. The United States was now engaged in a different kind of war that required the help of lawyers, accountants, public relations specialists, linguists, bankers, law enforcement personnel, and many others with special skills. The terrorists were to be engaged—not just in the desert—but anywhere their activity could be disrupted.
Nine days after the 9/11 attack, President Bush spoke to the nation before a joint session of Congress and explained how it would work:
Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.1
The Bush Doctrine had been defined. But apparently, nobody sent a copy of it to the UN. The United Nations harbors terrorists. It should be treated as a hostile regime.
The UN General Assembly is littered with terrorist governments, human rights abusers, corrupt regimes, dictatorships, and political deviants of all stripes. The United Nations provides them membership and grants them legitimacy; in so doing, it absolves them of their sins.
In turn, the United States treats the UN as a friend, an ally. It is not. The United Nations is an institution that, by virtue of its incompetence, moral relevancy, and desire to acquire political power, is an adversary of the United States.
Washington's policy makers would be well advised to follow Sun Tzu's advice—"know your enemy"—and realize once and for all that Kofi Annan is no friend of the American people, and the United Nations is no ally of the United States.
Thomas P. Kilgannon, author of Diplomatic Divorce: Why America Should End Its Love Affair with the United Nations, is a leading authority on the United Nations, international institutions, and American sovereignty. He has closely monitored UN activities and reported from international conferences held in Monterrey, Mexico; Johannesburg, South Africa; and New York City. He currently serves as the President of Freedom Alliance, an educational and charitable organization dedicated to preserving the American heritage of freedom and providing support to our men and women in uniform.
Diplomatic Divorce: Why America Should End Its Love Affair with the United Nations
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