Jewish World Review Sept. 25, 2003 / 28 Elul, 5763

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With no apologies | The president of the United States went to the U.N. and he went there without apologies.

DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL candidates and French leaders alike both wanted to see George Bush bow and scrape in front of the U.N. bureaucrats. He once again let them down, and he did it for good reason.

President Bush has long considered his first responsibility to be protecting the American people, whether from Osama bin Laden or from Saddam Hussein. And this kind of thinking has long baffled the likes of Jacques Chirac and Howard Dean, who believe that police actions in countries where American security is not on the line is OK, like Kosovo or Bosnia. But he becomes indignant if our president wages wars that actually make America a safer place to live.

Now, for too long, the United Nations was nothing more than a debating society when it came to Saddam Hussein. And last fall, the United Nations admitted that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. And they demanded that Saddam immediately disarm. Saddam ignored the U.N.'s 17th ultimatum. America went to war. And, as you know, the rest is history.

Today, France's Jacques Chirac said, "The U.N. must give legitimacy to the postwar process."

But I ask this question: Since when did legitimacy come from a bureaucracy that selected a terrorist state like Libya as the head of its Human Rights Commission?

That's not to say we don't need the United Nations' help. We do. But when an international debating society refuses to step forward and rid the world of its remaining terror states, U.N. bureaucrats need to understand one truth that our president clearly grasps. When it comes to the war on terror, American security is not open to further debate.

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