“U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of the dangers of incendiary rhetoric when two men met in New York on Sunday before this week’s annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly,” the Reuters news agency reports.
“The secretary-general drew attention to the potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric, counter-rhetoric and threats from various countries in the Middle East,” Ban’s press office said in a statement.
Because, you see, “incendiary rhetoric” is the problem in the Middle East — not the incendiary nuclear weapons even the United Nations apologists admit Iran is building.
But we can expect more of the same from Ahmadinejad today. Amid the predictable walkouts, Ahmadinejad will again blame all the world’s problems on the West, on America, and on Israel.
“Who used the mysterious September 11 incident as a pretext to attack Afghanistan and Iraq, killing, injuring, and displacing millions in two countries with the ultimate goal of bringing into its domination the Middle East and its oil resources?” he asked in his speech last year. “It is as lucid as daylight that the same slave masters and colonial powers that once instigated the two world wars have caused widespread misery and disorder with far-reaching effects across the globe since then. Do these arrogant powers really have the competence and ability to run or govern the world?”
There’s little doubt he’ll be just as provocative this year. Already, his military leaders have threatened war to defend its nuclear program.
“Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a brigadier general in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, was quoted as saying on Sunday that Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike on Israel if it was sure the Jewish state was preparing to attack it,” Reuters reported.
The whole circus should merely serve to remind Americans the United Nations experiment has failed. It’s a corrupt body that serves the interests of dictators, tyrants and mass murderers — largely at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. In 2010, for example, the United States paid in $7.7 billion, or about 22 percent of the U.N.’s regular budget.
And what do we get in return? Spectacles such as Ahmadinejad’s speech today.
“The U.N. continues to be a playground for despots and dictators, deep-seated anti-Americanism and a forum for anti-Semitic hatred,” notes Nile Gardiner of the Heritage Foundation. “At the U.N. Human Rights Council, no less than 49 percent of the 78 country-specific resolutions adopted in its first 16 sessions were targeted against Israel.”
As for United Nations peace keeping operations, history shows they do little in the way of keeping the peace, but they do plenty to disrupt regional stability.
As Ahmadinejad’s words ring through an increasingly deserted chamber today, we should by asking why we keep propping up the United Nations.