There he went again. In his address Tuesday (Sept. 23) to the United Nations, President Bush ignored the advice and pleadings of the mostly liberal punditocracy and his enemies on the left (but I repeat myself). He didn't apologize for leading the war of liberation in Iraq, a war that ended officially sanctioned rape and torture that the rest of the timid and boneless diplomatic amoebas (spineless would be a step up) could not persuade themselves to wage.
The president reminded the assembled weenies that America had not forgotten Sept. 11 and neither should they. He recalled the attacks by terrorists on other U.N. member nations and on U.N. diplomats who were providing humanitarian aid when they were brutally murdered by thugs wishing to return to the days of target practice on civilians under the genocidal Saddam Hussein.
Mostly the delegates sat in silence, confronted by a man who seemed unafraid to lead in a world full of compromisers, accommodators, panderers and diplomatic dorks. Their guy followed in the person of French President Jacques Chirac, whose whiny speech - that the Iraq war actually undermined the United Nations - Bush and his delegation chose to skip.
The president said that events of the last two years "set before us the clearest of divides: between those who seek order, and those who spread chaos; between those who work for peaceful change, and those who adopt the methods of gangsters; between those who honor the rights of man, and those who deliberately take the lives of men and women and children without mercy or shame."
While some continue to question the existence of weapons of mass destruction - which we know existed prior to the war, because Saddam used them - do they wish to assert that America was wrong to step in and stop Saddam Hussein from his continued use of weapons of personal destruction? Does the United Nations wish to say that when tyrants kill one or two at a time the world should turn its back and only when the murders resemble an assembly line the world should take notice and do something to stop them?
The president neither retreated nor apologized for the war or his claim that Saddam possessed WMDs. He also praised the Security Council for correctly finding Saddam in violation of its own resolutions and suggested that the United States was simply carrying out what the United Nations had ordered. Someone had to, or the United Nations would sink further into irrelevancy.
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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