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UN - Still 'Relevant'
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Few can forget
the televised image of an American president, his lips curled into
a sneer, as he challenged the United Nations' continuing relevance'
in the noble fight against "internashunal terrurism."
Not to be outdone, the witty and urbane former general, now U.S.
Secretary of State, Colin Powell, took to the lectern to browbeat
colleagues' at the United Nations, suggesting that they too
risking irrelevance' if they did not give their blessing to
a blitzkrieg against
Baghdad. He presented maps, tapes, and hinted at secret "evidence"
that had been vetted by London that would prove, beyond a shadow
of doubt, that the Iraqis were heavily engaged in nuclear, biological
and chemical weaponry that could be mobilized in a matter of minutes.
of the UN Security Council (notably Germany and France) balked at
the U.S. insistence that it couldn't wait, the U.S. assembled what
Bush could call a coalition of the willing', an assortment
of states which had their back bills wiped clean in order to join
In less than
6 months, the U.S. is back at the UN, this time (assuming the UN
is now relevant') asking for a hand in the management of their
Iraqi colony. They want UN troops. They want UN money. But they
want to retain US domination.
The famed CBS
anchorman of the Vietnam era, Walter Cronkite, wrote recently that
the U.S. has been forced to dine on crow.
What is at issue
now, is not the rightness or wrongness of the American occupation
(which the UN has been virtually silent on, by the way), but what
role the world organization will play in that occupation. Will they
agree to serve as a junior partner in an ongoing conflict that was
launched against the strictures of international law? Will they
belatedly support an ongoing occupation that began with spittle
into the face of UN opposition and global protests?
Will they become
the financial and manpower backers of an illegal imperial war? Will
they be the instrument which exhumes colonialism from history's
We shall see.
At the moment
it appears France and Germany are not in agreement with the U.S.
plan to utilize blue helmets' to bolster the American occupation
of Iraq. But, that may change. Nations,' as the axiom goes,
have no permanent friends; only permanent interests.' If it
becomes worthwhile to France or Germany to let bygones be bygones,
and, once again, kiss the ugly American; well, *voila!* so
of course, I mean if the two nations can get a nice bite of the
vast energy reserves bubbling beneath the Iraqi deserts, then
well, diplomats have a way of paying close attention to their nation's
was right when he raised the relevance of the United Nations to
such a high gloss; it irked U.S. nativists that the UN wouldn't
simply submit to U.S. dictates back in February. Indeed, it proved
it was still relevant by not submitting to U.S. imperial blackmail.
Now that the
occupation is going sour by the failure of Iraqis to properly greet'
their liberators', the U.S. wants the UN to share some bodies
(preferably from Muslim countries like Turkey, or Pakistan) so that
the Iraqis will view their occupation as a multilateral, UN-approved
The UN, just
as before the war, again has a choice: imperialism or self-determination.
How it decides
that question will determine how truly relevant' it will be.
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