When Colin Powell went to the U.N. Security Council and presented a bill of particulars on Iraq's destructiveness, deceit and duplicity, he asked, "How much longer are we willing to put up with Iraq's noncompliance before we as a council -- as the United Nations -- say, 'Enough is enough'?" French Foreign Minister Dominique De Villepin responded by demanding that the United Nations triple the number of weapons inspectors and open more regional offices. In other words: postpone the inevitable for as long as possible.
Such delays, Babbin argues, allowed insurgents in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan and Sudan to amass weapons and make plans for further terrorism. "The cost of the U.N. delay," Babbin writes, "is the time it gave Saddam and the terrorist neighbors of Iraq to plan the postwar insurgency and to move or hide weapons of mass destruction." Or as Ronald Reagan used to say of the federal government, "the U.N. is the problem, not the solution."
Yet that didn't stop congressional Democrats at the time from casting their lot with the United Nations. "I would hope (Bush) would get a Security Council vote of approval," said Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Joe Biden warned Bush to watch it because the "very legitimacy of (the United Nations) is at stake."
It is that kind of blind faith in the United Nations which resulted in the U.N. headquarters being built in New York. Thousands of diplomats running wild in our largest city can cause numerous problems. Babbin explains: "The U.N.'s tolerance of espionage and terrorism is old and systemic, and includes granting 'observer status' to Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority, which is encouraged, in the words of the U.N. to maintain 'permanent' offices at U.N. headquarters."
The U.N. Security Council's obstructionism was the first time the American people really got a good look at the corruption of this institution. The allegations of bribery and malfeasance that are surfacing day after day in the Oil-for-Food program should convince anybody who wasn't convinced the first time that the U.N. is an institution in which the United States should no longer be heavily invested.
Instead, Babbin argues that America's "destination should be a new global organization of the free and democratic nations with which we share values and goals." It should be established independent and outside the influence of the United Nations and open "to nations which allow their people the basic freedoms of religion, press and assembly."
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.