WASHINGTON -- Now that we are stuffed like turkeys, consider that Thanksgiving is celebrated as an official national holiday in only two countries -- the United States and Canada. In both nations, it is uniquely mandated as a day for offering thanks and praise to God. Interestingly, there is no mention of God or thanksgiving in the U.N. Charter. Nonetheless, United Nations officials apparently take full advantage of the holiday as a respite from the grueling work of international diplomacy. Calls to the secretary-general's office (212-963-7162) on Thursday, Nov. 22, were unanswered. One can only wonder whether the striped pants set at Turtle Bay had gone to church.
If the turkeys at the U.N. weren't praying, they should have been because November 2007 has been a very tough month for the unaccountable do-gooders at "Big Blue." The power-hungry international organization, which turned 62 last month, is in very hot water -- and for very good reasons: graft, corruption, waste, fraud, incompetence and misfeasance, among them. Earlier this month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared the U.N. Headquarters building to be a firetrap and announced plans to ban school children from touring the building. It went downhill from there.
On Nov. 15, Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N.'s nuclear weapons watchdog, acknowledged that he really doesn't know the state of Iran's nuclear weapons program. In his report to the Security Council, he said he had "found no evidence" that Tehran was using its 3,000 uranium-enrichment centrifuges to build nukes but that the IAEA "is not in a position to provide credible assurances about the presence of undeclared nuclear material and activities." In other words, if the theocrats in Tehran are building bombs in the basement and don't tell, the U.N. won't know.
U.S. experts say Iran's declared stockpile of 300 tons of uranium-hexafluoride gas is sufficient to build more than 35 nuclear weapons -- and that it would take Tehran less than two years to do so. On the Sunday talking-head TV programs, ElBaradei denounced U.S. "rhetoric" on the issue and said he is "very much concerned about confrontation" and sees "negotiation and inspection" as the only answer. In short: Just leave it to the U.N.
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.
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