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Tilting at the UN Windmill

Scrap Iron in Texas Wrote: Jul 13, 2012 3:45 PM
The UN is nothing but an inept and corrupt organization, dedicated to... I guess, propping up every tin pot dictator with an ax to grind. How did that Food for Oil (iraq) plan go? And how about rebuilding Haiti? And their peacekeeping missions in Africa? inept. Corrupt. Or worse, BOTH.

Those of us who believe the United States would be best served by pulling out of the United Nations and starting up a more morally and politically serious clubhouse for morally and politically serious nations are often accused of tilting at windmills.

The phrase "tilting at windmills" was inspired by Cervantes' novel "Don Quixote," and it means to fight something that doesn't really deserve to be fought. Quixote mistook the windmills of the Spanish countryside for ravenous giants and set out to vanquish them. ("Tilting" is a jousting expression, in case you didn't know).

Well, let's review some...