Since 1957, successive U.S. administrations and our allies have relied on the U.N.'s toothless International Atomic Energy Agency and the 1970 Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to prevent the propagation of nuclear weapons. They have proved to be false hopes. When the IAEA began, there were three nations with nuclear weapons. Now there are nine. And the Iranians boldly mock the ability of the U.N. -- or anyone else -- to try to stop them from becoming the 10th.?
When Ahmadinejad stands up to deliver his seventh address to the UNGA next week, he can be counted on to once again claim, "The non-proliferation treaty allows all member states to use nuclear energy without limits, and the International Atomic Energy Agency is mandated to provide member states with technical and legal support." That's from last year's rant. Later on in his tirade, he had the audacity to propose that the year 2011 be proclaimed the year of nuclear disarmament and "nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none." Lines like that actually get applauded in the General Assembly.?
They shouldn't after Sunday night's Fox News special. Attending the UNGA will be heads of state, foreign ministers and ambassadors from 193 nations. Among them are representatives from the very states whose scientists, businesses and banks aided and abetted the prospect of an Iranian nuclear Armageddon: the People's Republic of China, Russia, Germany, Pakistan, South Africa, North Korea, the Netherlands and even Switzerland. They all are exposed in "Iran's Nuclear Secrets."?
So, too, are never-before-seen documents and photos showing how Dr. A.Q. Khan, the inventor of Pakistan's nuclear bombs, managed to become the world's most notorious nuclear proliferator. The satellite imagery of how quickly the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps can build dozens of hidden, underground nuclear sites is frightening. But so is the shell game being played by international banks, doing business in the U.S. as they try to hide the extraordinary sums of money required to fund the Iranian nuclear program.?
Of course, none of this will come up next week at the U.N. The foreign striped-pants diplomats and globalist gadflies attending the General Assembly session are unaccountable to the American people and unlikely to watch Fox News Channel. We already know our president doesn't watch it. But those who care about the threat we face from a nuclear-armed Iran ought to tune in. That way, we can hold our own political leaders accountable -- before it's too late.
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.