Well, President George W. Bush has just provided
a farewell indoctrination
to the General Assembly of the United Nations, an organization for which he
previously showed contempt by – among other things – appointing
Bonkers Bolton to be our Ambassador three years ago while another organization
for which he frequently showed contempt – the United States Senate – was in
"For eight years, the nations in this assembly have worked together
to confront the extremist threat. We witnessed successes and setbacks, and through
it all a clear lesson has emerged: The United Nations and other multilateral
organizations are needed more urgently than ever. To be successful, we must
be focused and resolute and effective. Instead of only passing resolutions decrying
terrorist attacks after they occur, we must cooperate more closely to keep terrorist
attacks from happening in the first place. Instead of treating all forms of
government as equally tolerable, we must actively challenge the conditions of
tyranny and despair that allow terror and extremism to thrive. By acting together
to meet the fundamental challenge of our time, we can lead toward a world that
is more secure, and more prosperous, and more hopeful."
Well, it’s nice to know that Bush’s speechwriters are willing to acknowledge
that Bush may have learned at least one "lesson" from the "setbacks"
occurring during his disastrous (by any standard) presidency. Namely, that in
order to confront what he deemed to be "the fundamental challenge"
to all UN member states in "our time," he needed – but never
got – the support of the United Nations and similar organizations (such as the
Organization of the Islamic Conference).
And what might that fundamental challenge be?
Why, terrorism, of course. Attacks on the United States, Israel, certain European
states and our armies of occupation, resulting from some non-allied states –
such as Iran, Iran and Syria – having intolerable regimes; at least to Bush,
if not to the citizens thereof.
What to do?
Well, in his 2002 State of the Union Address, Bush boasted that he had just
freed once such country – Afghanistan – from "brutal oppression" by
the Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic regime.
How brutal? Well, according to Bush "the mothers and daughters of Afghanistan
were captives in their own homes, forbidden from working or going to school."
Actually, the Taliban had refused to "turn over" Osama bin Laden,
a wealthy Saudi national, trained and supplied by the CIA, who fought with the
Taliban to oust the Soviet troops then occupying Afghanistan. Ingrate bin Laden
was now suspected of having sponsored the attacks on the Pentagon and World
Trade Center in 2001, ostensibly to protest American support of oppressive regimes
in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and elsewhere in the world of Islam.
But Bush had been unable to get the UN Security Council to authorize an invasion
and occupation of Afghanistan, perhaps because the UN Charter doesn’t sanction
the invasion and occupation of a sovereign state for refusing "rendition,"
absent the presentation of "probable cause."
So, Bush got NATO – an
alliance of states pledged to come to one another’s defense whenever attacked
– to invade Afghanistan and depose the Taliban. Of course, Osama bin Laden was
nowhere to be found and is suspected of having fled to – and found safe haven
in – the Federally
Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.
Bush did establish a puppet government in Afghanistan, which now controls Kabul,
the capital, but not much else. The Russians are very
worried, because opium production and the drug trade, absent the Taliban,
is now worse than ever. Furthermore, there have been reports of armed conflict
between NATO forces and Pakistani military units inside Pakistan!
Now, it is an open secret that the CIA claims that it could have killed or
captured bin Laden way back in 2001, if allowed to.
But No! For Bush the major threat to America then lay elsewhere.
Here is what he told the General Assembly six years ago.
"While there are many dangers in the world, the threat from Iraq stands
alone – because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place.
"The evidence indicates that Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons
program. Saddam Hussein has held numerous meetings with Iraqi nuclear scientists,
a group he calls his "nuclear mujahideen" – his nuclear holy warriors. ...
"The conduct of the Iraqi regime is a threat to the authority of the
United Nations, and a threat to peace. Iraq has answered a decade of U.N. demands
with a decade of defiance. All the world now faces a test, and the United Nations
a difficult and defining moment. Are Security Council resolutions to be honored
and enforced, or cast aside without consequence? Will the United Nations serve
the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?"
Why bring up this pack of outrageous lies Bush trotted out in an attempt to
get authority from the Security Council to invade and occupy Iraq?
Well, if you substitute "Mahmoud Ahmadinejad" for Saddam Hussein,
it all sounds to the Russians and the Chinese a lot like what Bush and both
candidates to succeed him are now saying about Iran.