Jewish World Review March 10, 2005 / 29 Adar I, 5765
The appointment of Bolton: A Kirkpatrick in the rough?
Given the deplorable moral condition of the
United Nations over the past dozen years, I have longed for the arrival of
an American representative of the quality of Pat Moynihan or Jeanne
Kirkpatrick. Admittedly, a Moynihan or a Kirkpatrick is a rare find, but
surely some stentorian voice could be found to abuse the United Nations with
a recitation of democratic values. Now, President Bush has found one in
nominating the State Department's John Bolton to serve where Moynihan and
Kirkpatrick served so memorably.
How fine a choice is Bolton? Well, consider this response from
Sen. Jean-Francois Kerry: "This is just about the most inexplicable
appointment the president could make to represent the United States to the
world community." As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, our
Francophile friend will be reviewing Bolton's nomination. For his appearance
before Kerry's committee, I suggest Bolton bring along a copy of Michelin's
"Guide Rouge." Get the senator off on a discussion of his favorite Parisian
restaurants. Ask him how he likes his canard. In fact, congratulate him on
his canard. Inquire as to why the French can never get the vichyssoise to
the table while it is still warm. The senator is easily distracted.
This bosh about the "world community" is a favorite refuge from
reality for Kerry and his liberal friends. The reality is that his "world
community" has sat back and allowed barbarism to endure in hellholes such as
Rwanda and the Sudan. It has allowed rogue nations to acquire weapons of
mass destruction and to pose a threat to world peace out of all proportion
to each nation's strength and importance. When Moynihan and Kirkpatrick
defended democratic values at the United Nations, they were facing both a
military threat (the Soviet Bloc) and an ideological threat (Marxist
Leninism) to the very existence of Western civilization. The threat of
today's rogue states is the threat of a homicidal nuisance. They can disrupt
civilization but have no alternative to it. That is why it is so absurd to
allow them to continue as threats.
Bolton has referred to North Korea as "a hellish nightmare"
governed by a "tyrannical dictator." Ah, the lilt and substance of Moynihan
and Kirkpatrick is about to be restored to the Security Council and the
General Assembly. On another occasion, Bolton wrote that if the glass zoo on
the East River that is U.N. headquarters "lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make
a bit of difference." I look forward to more of this kind of eloquence.
Certainly the moral condition of the United Nations is not
likely to improve soon. In the 1970s and 1980s, when Moynihan and
Kirkpatrick represented us, the threat to America was mostly ideological and
a matter of power politics. The U.N. did, of course, allow Zionism to be
equated with racism. It did see a moral equivalence between the West and the
Soviets. But the moral quality of the U.N. has actually gotten worse in the
absence of the Soviets. Its peace keepers now are guilty of rape and rampage
in Africa. Even its bureaucrats have been caught in sexual harassment, to
say nothing of graft. The oil-for-food scandal is probably the largest
instance of corruption ever recorded. And the anti-Semitism at the U.N. is
even more rampant. Recall, if you will, the 2001 Durban meeting on
international racism that seethed with anti-Semitism. Finally, there is the
absurdity of the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission, where nations such as Cuba
and Zimbabwe pass on the alleged human rights abuses of Americans.
Bolton will cut through this corruption, at least with oratory,
if not with policy. While at the State Department, Bolton has fashioned some
memorable policy, perhaps the most useful being the Proliferation Security
Initiative. At the United Nations it is hard to see what sort of policies
Bolton can get the body to adopt. Its corruption is so extensive, and the
United States is but one member against the mob. But Bolton can sober up the
assembled popinjays by pointing out each U.N. failure. The fact is that the
U.N. is no longer of any value in maintaining the peaceful intercourse of
nations. Possibly Bolton will fulfill the historic role of becoming
America's last ambassador to the U.N. No gravy train lasts forever.
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