Rich Galen

"In a statement carried on Friday by the official Saudi Press Agency, the Saudi Foreign Ministry says the Council has failed in its duties toward Syria.

"It says this alleged failure enabled Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime to perpetrate the killings of its people, including with chemical weapons, without facing any deterrents or punishment."

The Saudis also complained that the U.N. Security Council

"has not been able to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict over the past decades and has failed to transform the Middle East into a zone free of weapons of mass destruction."

So, the Saudis think, as I do, that the United Nations is a waste of time, talent, and money.

There is an old saying in politics that goes: No matter how valid your position, there is always someone who agrees with you that you wish didn't.

Actually, that's not an old political saying. I made it up. But it was a while ago.

There are people who maintain that the United Nations is a valid organization if only to keep countries talking to one another when they would otherwise be either shooting each other, hacking limbs off one another, or starving the children and raping the women of enemy tribes.

As Uncle Si Robertson once said, "You can't fix stupid, Jack."

Here's my excellent idea du jour:

Disband the UN. It is useless at best and harmful to world peace at worst.

Replace it with a "Security Council" made up of one representative of each of the various regional organizations: Organization of American States, Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, NATO, the African Union, the Arab League, and so on.

Each of those organizations are supposed to have a unique understanding of the issues that concern their corner of the world and each would be charged with keeping the peace within that corner.

If Upper Iquana launches an attack on East Salamander then it is up to the appropriate regional organization to get it straightened out.

They can hire Donald Trump to sell the UN building for condos overlooking the East River and fund the thing for the next 150 years.

This is why I get paid the big bucks.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to the UNHCR, to the UN's main page, to the CIA's listing for Tuvalu, and to the Arab News article about Saudi Arabia.

Also a Mullfoto from Marietta College last week that I am going to have enlarged and hung on my wall.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at