None of this has deterred the utopian d'Escoto from serving as the "warm-up act" for this year's Bash America Fest in the Big Apple. The visibly well-fed d'Escoto already has announced that this UNGA session should "go down in history as the 'Assembly of Frankness' for the sake of world peace and the eradication of poverty and hunger from the earth."
D'Escoto previously has referred to President Ronald Reagan as a "butcher," called President George W. Bush a "liar," and now promises that under his leadership, the UNGA will redress the "sad, but undeniable fact that serious breaches of the peace and threats to international peace and security are being perpetrated by some members of the Security Council that seem unable to break what appears like an addiction to war."
All this is but preamble to what we can expect to hear from the likes of Iran's Ahmadinejad and Venezuela's Chavez. Both "leaders" will be there representing states that have been accused of supporting terrorism, drug running, human rights abuses, and -- in the case of Tehran -- pursuing a clandestine nuclear weapons program. Yet d'Escoto claims: "No state should appropriate the right to decide on its own which states are terrorists or sponsors of terrorism and which are not. Less still should states that are guilty of wars of aggression, the worst form of terrorism imaginable, presume to arrogate that right unto themselves and further, to unilaterally take action against those it has stigmatized."
When he goes before this august body next week, President Bush needs to encourage d'Escoto -- and the entire Blame America First crowd gathered in the General Assembly -- to read Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations: "Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security."
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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