October is the scariest month. Ghosts, goblins and creepy creatures come out of the closet. Tricksters threaten to do bad things if no tribute is paid. But Halloween is low on the Fright-O-Meter compared to United Nations Day. That was last Sunday, and we survived again.
The kids only want candy. The United Nations wears no disguises and continues to pick on the country it most loves to hate. Coinciding with celebrations of the U.N.'s 59th anniversary, John Dugard, a United Nations human rights officer, published a report scolding Israel for its defenses against terrorism. "Israel's defiance of international law poses a threat not only to the international legal order, but to the international order itself," he wrote. "This is no time for appeasement on the part of the international community."
In the age of terrorism in which we all live, when suicide bombers are tearing into Israelis, Iraqis, Afghanis, Americans, Brits, Spaniards, Poles, Italians and Aussies, the United Nations continues its lopsided campaign against the only country in the Middle East where democracy thrives.
Israeli officials and Jewish organizations immediately demanded that Kofi Annan dismiss the author of the report. Fat chance. The United Nations bureaucracy took refuge behind the fact that Dugard was appointed by the United Nations human rights commissioner partaking of the sweet life in Geneva, and not by Mr. Annan.
When John Kerry proposes to submit American national security interests to a "global test," in hopes of drawing a wider range of allies, you can be sure the security interests of Israel is not on his mind. He sometimes sounds somewhat like George W. when he talks about Israel, but it's clear to anyone who follows his flip-flops abandoning Israel would be an easy price to pay to these new "allies." The Israel card is the first card the modern Democrats want to play.
Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York, who was only yesterday a diehard Democrat, supports George W. this time because he thinks Kerry would be utterly unable to stand up to the "Deaniatic" wing of his party. The war against terror requires a strong defense of Israel and he thinks neither the Democratic Party nor Kerry have "the stomach to fight - as long as it takes" against international terrorism.
Thomas Friedman in the New York Times writes that many Arabs and Muslims identify their enemy as a composite "JIA" - Jew, Israeli and American. The Germans and the French, with large and intimidating Muslim populations, acknowledge rising anti-Semitic violence in their countries. This violence is not altogether Islamic, but Muslims in both countries are behind most of the thuggery.