Emmett Tyrrell

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Given the deplorable moral condition of the United Nations over the past dozen years, I have longed for the arrival of an American representative of the quality of Pat Moynihan or Jeane Kirkpatrick. Admittedly, a Moynihan or a Kirkpatrick is a rare find, but surely some stentorian voice could be found to abuse the United Nations with a recitation of democratic values. Now, President Bush has found one in nominating the State Department's John Bolton to serve where Moynihan and Kirkpatrick served so memorably.
 
How fine a choice is Bolton? Well, consider this response from Sen. Jean-Francois Kerry: "This is just about the most inexplicable appointment the president could make to represent the United States to the world community." As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, our Francophile friend will be reviewing Bolton's nomination. For his appearance before Kerry's committee, I suggest Bolton bring along a copy of Michelin's "Guide Rouge." Get the senator off on a discussion of his favorite Parisian restaurants. Ask him how he likes his canard. In fact, congratulate him on his canard. Inquire as to why the French can never get the vichyssoise to the table while it is still warm. The senator is easily distracted.

 This bosh about the "world community" is a favorite refuge from reality for Kerry and his liberal friends. The reality is that his "world community" has sat back and allowed barbarism to endure in hellholes such as Rwanda and the Sudan. It has allowed rogue nations to acquire weapons of mass destruction and to pose a threat to world peace out of all proportion to each nation's strength and importance. When Moynihan and Kirkpatrick defended democratic values at the United Nations, they were facing both a military threat (the Soviet Bloc) and an ideological threat (Marxist Leninism) to the very existence of Western civilization. The threat of today's rogue states is the threat of a homicidal nuisance. They can disrupt civilization but have no alternative to it. That is why it is so absurd to allow them to continue as threats.

 Bolton has referred to North Korea as "a hellish nightmare" governed by a "tyrannical dictator." Ah, the lilt and substance of Moynihan and Kirkpatrick is about to be restored to the Security Council and the General Assembly. On another occasion, Bolton wrote that if the glass zoo on the East River that is U.N. headquarters "lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." I look forward to more of this kind of eloquence.


Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
 
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