John Bolton — defending truth, justice and the American way

I don’t know what’s most interesting about this story Patrick, the Paragraph Farmer, brought to my attention. What John Bolton said, or the fact that the American media ignored it completely?

The U.S. Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, launched a scathing attack on the United Nations Friday.

Bolton was furious over the adoption by the General Assembly of a resolution which said the assembly regretted the deaths of 19 civilians in an attack by the Israeli military in the town of Beit Hanoun last week.

Despite the resolution being significantly watered down at the behest of the United States, and being passing by 156 votes to seven, Bolton launched a blistering attack on the UN, and many of its members.

“Many of the sponsors of that resolution are notorious abusers of human rights themselves, and were seeking to deflect criticism of their own policies,” he said.

“This type of resolution serves only to exacerbate tensions by serving the interests of elements hostile to Israel’s inalienable and recognized right to exist.”

“This deepens suspicions about the United Nations that will lead many to conclude that the organization is incapable of playing a helpful role in the region,” Bolton continued.

“In a larger sense, the United Nations must confront a more significant question, that of its relevance and utility in confronting the challenges of the 21st century. We believe that the United Nations is ill served when its members seek to transform the organization into a forum that is a little more than a self-serving and a polemical attack against Israel or the United States,” he said.

“The Human Rights Council has quickly fallen into the same trap and de-legitimized itself by focusing attention exclusively on Israel. Meanwhile, it has failed to address real human rights abuses in Burma, Darfur, the DPRK, and other countries,” Bolton charged.

“The problem of anti-Israel bias is not unique to the Human Rights Council. It is endemic to the culture of the United Nations. It is a decades-old, systematic problem that transcends the whole panoply of the UN organizations and agencies,” he continued.

The United States, and Australia joined Israel in voting against the motion, together with four small Pacific island nations. All countries in Europe, including Britain, voted to support the resolution.

The original text condemned Israel over the Beit Hanoun attack and its operations in Gaza, however the adopted resolution had the General Assembly expressing, “regret.”

Rather than an outright investigation of the incident the assembly resolved to form a committee, “to look into the facts.” The resolution also carried a demand that the Palestinian Authority take action to stop rocket attacks on Israel.

Bolton launched his attack despite gaining these concessions.

Equally critical was Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman who stormed out of the session after telling members, “I caution everyone who will support this resolution. By doing so, you will be an accomplice to terror. The blood of more innocents will be on your hands.”

The resolution was taken to the General Assembly after the United States used its veto to squash a similar motion in the Security Council. It was the 31st time the U.S. had used its veto at the UN to stop resolutions concerning Israel and the Palestinians.

Keep in mind that this is the same UN Ambassador whom the Democrats are desperate to fire.

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9 Responses

  1. Very temperate of him, I thought. He confined it to: “many will conclude the UN is incapable of playing a helpful role in the region.”

    Quite temperate – I might have wondered aloud if there’s ever yet been a time anywhere on the planet where the UN has played a “helpful role” – and I would have concluded that no, there hasn’t been. The UN has yet to play a helpful role on Planet Earth.

    But they look impressive. Damn, that Kofi Annan’s a snappy dresser!

    That’s all it takes to impress democrats.

  2. Give Bolton the power to arrest UN bureacrats. That’ll give him some bite to go with his bark.

    The Democrats love corruption. They are the party of corruption, that is why they love the UN, the greatest seat of organized human corruption on this planet.

  3. I will never underestimate the harm Democrats are willing to do to their country or the world, for that matter, in order to under Republicans and secure Democrats access to power and the public trough.

  4. “The UN has yet to play a helpful role on Planet Earth.” (JJ writes) A point worthy of debate in every school in America. The UN enjoys too free a pass in American schools.

    Why? Why does the MSM–not just in America– but elsewhere, present the UN a pass? The organisation has enough dirty baggage to offer years of scandalmongering.

    Who REALLY BELIEVES in the UN, outside the manipulators of information flow, and the opportunists, usually bad, whom it serves?

  5. How sad a commentary it is on the state of the American political progress that this man, whose only crime seems to be that he has a tendency to tell the unvarnished truth in diplomatic rings, will almost certainly lose his job thanks to the Democrats.

  6. The UN, is the same as the draft to the Left. Simply another means to browbeat and cripple American power and prestige.

  7. Mark Steyn had it absolutely right about the UN – if you mix a spoon of bull*(!?@ in a gallon of premium ice cream, chances are it will taste more like bull*(!?@ than the premium ice cream. The Dems just don’t realize that John Bolton is the UN’s last best hope of staying relevant.

  8. Bolton once was quoted as saying the UN building would be better sold as real estate. Yet he bit the bullet and did as the President asked, not to demolish the UN or replace it, but to reform it. It must gall Bolton to have to deal with slimebags, but he did his duty, to America, as he saw it.

    The Democrats aren’t worth spit to the man, and they certainly don’t deserve to vote on his “acceptability” and “qualifications”.

  9. Everyone should call their senators and ask them to keep John Bolton in his position. It is a rare pleasure to hear someone with cajones and integrity speaking truth in those halls of corruption, cynicism and kafka reality. I am proud he represents the United States, and I proudly support Israel.

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