WASHINGTON, D.C. -- After the terrorist attacks of 2001, my colleague at Freedom Alliance, Tom Kilgannon and I concluded that wining the war on terror would require progress on two fronts: on the battlefield and within the International Community -- meaning the United Nations. Since Tom has young children, we agreed that I would cover the military side of this campaign and he would follow the "progress" on the diplomatic front. It really wasn't a fair division of labor. I get to hang around with heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan and poor Kilgannon has been forced to consort with the likes of Kofi Annan and his corrupt cronies at the United Nations in an effort to find out what they are up to.
This week Kilgannon went into the belly of the beast, the 2005 World Summit in New York -- a gathering of nearly 170 Heads of State celebrating the United Nations' 60th anniversary. Hugo Chavez, a protege of dictator Fidel Castro, is a favorite among the delegates and media. Among the notably absent: Gerhard Schroeder; home in Germany campaigning to keep his job; and Jacques Chirac, home in Paris nursing himself back to health.
The absence of these notables from the first-string line-up of Ameri-phobes hasn't diminished the anti-U.S. sentiment an iota. Immediately after President George W. Bush addressed the General Assembly this week, there were still plenty of Bush-bashers, globalists, environmental radicals, dictators and haughty hate mongers lined up at the microphones to swipe -- directly and indirectly -- at American sovereignty, democratic ideals and the need for a unified stance on combating terror.
"Terrorism fed by anger and despair," President Bush said, "has come to Tunisia, to Indonesia, to Kenya, to Tanzania, to Morocco, to Israel, to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, to Turkey, to Spain, to Russia, to Egypt, to Iraq and the United Kingdom." Even those countries that have not been attacked directly, he reminded them, have had their citizens killed and maimed by Jihadist terror in other nations.
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.