June 1, 2004
Those U.N. Ambulances

For more than a half-century, the United Nations has maintained slum "refugee camps" in Gaza and the West Bank. The U.N. also provides ambulances and other infrastructure. From time to time you hear screams of outrage from the Palestinian (Terror) Authority because one of their ambulances, transporting someone who is gravely injured, to a hospital […]

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May 26, 2004
More than useless

I've often written that the United Nations is a mostly-useless organization. Some of the world's worst abusers of human rights are regularly placed on its Human Rights committee; the Middle East's lone democracy is regularly attacked by racist Arab and Muslim nations; it regularly ignores massacres and genocide around the world; and the list goes […]

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May 12, 2004
Useless U.N.

Claudia Rosett has a piece in today's Wall Street Journal on North Korea and the U.N. Kofi Annan was at pains in his recent "Meet the Press" interview to stress that he sees the U.N. as a "unique organization," one "that can bring the whole world together." To bring the whole world together, given how […]

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May 5, 2004
More on the U.N.

It's been 10 years since the genocide in Rwanda killed hundreds of thousands of people. The U.N. was there, supposedly to keep the peace, but read about what they let happen. In the first days of the 100-day genocide that left an estimated 800,000 people dead, an armored convoy of Belgian troops pulled up to […]

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May 5, 2004

There are two more must-read articles on the U.N. Oil-for-Palaces program. First, John O'Sullivan in National Review Online: We should not be altogether surprised at the corruption revealed here. Multi-national organizations like the U.N. and the European Union are regularly plagued by financial scandals because they bring together three incentives for dishonesty: large sums of […]

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May 4, 2004
Useless U.N.

I've made no secret over the past 2+ years that I've been writing here of my disdain for the United Nations. This assembly of the world's nations gives as much credibility to liberal democracies like the United States, Britain, Japan as it does to tyrannies like Iran, North Korea and Sudan. Yesterday, the U.N. seated […]

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May 2, 2004
Where the U.N. can have an impact

I know I've said before that the United Nations is mostly useless. I emphasize mostly because there are some occasions that really seem just right for the U.N. This is a case in point.

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April 28, 2004
Guide to the scandals

The Spoons Experience offers a handy chart outlining the differences and similarities between the Enron scandal, the Martha Stewart scandal and UNSCAM, the U.N.'s oil-for-palaces program.

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April 1, 2004
Today's required reading

First, the Heritage Foundation's Joseph Loconte rightly assails the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The entire U.N. is a joke -- a place where murderous, despotic regimes hold equal power with representative democracies -- but the UNCHR is even worse. Second, The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan addresses yesterday's brutal horror in the Iraqi […]

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February 2, 2004
Articles you should read today

First, on the domestic front, we have an article by Jim Geraghty over at National Review Online about Democrat presidential candidate Gen. Wesley Clark. The article is the best attempt I've seen to explain why Gen. Hugh Shelton slammed Clark over "honesty and integrity" issues. Interviews with a wide variety of current and retired military […]

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