Emmett Tyrrell

When it comes to corruption the United Nations -- the citadel of the international community -- takes all cakes. Its peacekeeping forces are known for rape and pillage. The best of them are ineffective. The worst are like an invading force of barbarians. Within United Nations offices all over the world both financial corruption and sexual harassment are ongoing problems. "What is surprising about that?" a U.S. Justice Department official asks me. "UN officials come from countries rife with sexism and corruption. Why would you expect them to act any better when they are ensconced in Geneva or out at a UN facility in Africa?"

The UN's "Oil for Food" scandal is the most expensive scandal of modern times. Almost nothing has been done about it. The United States has been rendered controversial for trying to do something about it, and Ambassador John Bolton has been assailed as rude for insisting on reform.

Now we see the spectacle of these same grafters and frauds trying to impose themselves on Israel. Says UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Israel is using "excessive force." Presumably the proper force is that which UNIFIL applied in southern Lebanon. What was UNIFIL doing while Hezbollah was fortifying southern Lebanon? I suggest we send over the FBI to inquire as to how many Lebanese were raped by the UN peacekeepers and how much boodle they brought in. In the 1930s the officers of the League of Nations would never have dreamed of such squalor being carried on by members of an international body of law.

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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