Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel says Iran should be booted from the United Nations because its leader called for the destruction of another member state of the UN. The suggestion is sound – or would be – if one actually believed that any of the 57 countries that constitute the Islamic Conference at the United Nations would approve of the idea. Its doubtful too, that any of the 103 countries that are designated "not free" or "partly free" by Freedom House would rally to such a cause. And Kofi Annan, who recently had the diplomatic equivalent of a conjugal visit with Iran's leader, would quash any sign of momentum for the move.
Wiesel's proposal also suggests that Iran's membership is a blemish on an otherwise noble institution. But the UN's tolerance of terrorist states, their elevation of human rights abusers to positions of honor, and their reputation for corruption indicates that Iran is right at home in the United Nations with the other malcontents who infest the international enclave on Manhattan's East Side.
It is America that is miscast in Turtle Bay, and our membership in the UN has become a stain our national pride.
"I'm frustrated with the United Nations," President Bush said in the Rose Garden last week. So are the American people. At a time of war, 50 percent of Americans believe the United Nations undermines U.S. national security interests, according to a poll released by the Hudson Institute. The same survey shows that 75 percent of the public view the UN as "no longer effective."
The public's tolerance of the United Nations has run its course. Since September 11, 2001, Americans have come to see the UN for what it is – a corrupt cauldron of anti-Americanism. Not only is the United Nations undermining our foreign policy, but it is pilfering our sovereignty on a systematic basis. As I travel the country promoting my book, Diplomatic Divorce: Why America Should End Its Love Affair with the United Nations, I find the public screaming for a leader who will end the "business as usual" relationship we have had with the UN for the last 60 years.
It explains the grassroots popularity of Ambassador John Bolton who, unlike other U.S. Representatives to the UN, has refused to be a doormat for Kofi Annan and his deputies. But Bolton can only carry out the policies set by his president.
Thomas P. Kilgannon is the president of Freedom
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