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Monday, November 20, 2006

Another reason why John Bolton deserves to be the US Ambassador to the UN

This is an excerpt from John Bolton's speech to the General Assembly on Friday. This is spot-on:
"This problem of anti-Israel...is endemic to the culture of the United Nations. It is a decades-old, systemic problem that transcends the whole panoply of UN organizations and agencies...The consequences of this persistent, unconstructive, biased approach are painfully clear - not one single Palestinian is helped and the United Nations continues to be discredited by its inability to confront...the Israel-Palestinian conflict in a serious, responsible manner."


"We believe that the United Nations is ill served when its members seek to transform the organization into a forum that is little more than a self-serving and polemical attack against Israel or the United States."
You can (and should) read the full text of Bolton's speech (it's only four pages of a double-spaced PDF) here.

As Anne Bayefsky notes in an article that appeared today:
Nobody clapped – in contrast to the applause which the same crowd had lavished on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez when he referred to President Bush this past September as the devil. John Bolton, however, wasn't looking for accolades. In a room where the US has one vote among 192 states, he simply spoke truth to power.


The strength of his conviction and the veracity of his message reverberated around the room. Ambassador Bolton used his role to explain what America stands for and what it does not. This is exactly what makes an ambassador great, and United States UN Ambassador Bolton one of the greatest.
For those of you who would like to help the effort to confirm John Bolton as UN Ambassador (and I urge all of you to do what you can), Dymphna at Gates of Vienna has a lengthy and entertaining post on the subject.


At 11:30 PM, Blogger ziontruth said...

Dave in Pa,

That's very interesting! Mainly because Powell and Mugabe are both blacks, so the usual appeal to "oppressed races" can be ruled out. It's anti-Americanism in its rawest form, bigotry with no way of spinning it.


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