Saturday, March 12, 2005

Anti-UN Neo-con nominated US Ambassador at the UN

Despite the smooth talk in Brussel about a 'rapprochement' (Mmm... a French word!) with 'Old' Europe, Bush has actually nominated John Bolton, the most viciously anti-UN person neo-con the administration could think of, to be the new US Ambassador to the U.N.
As the Nation reminds us, he is:
The man who ordered a CIA probe on Hans Blix for not finding weapons in Iraq when ordered, who contrived the dismissal of the head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, and who in 1999 wrote for the American Enterprise Institute of "Kofi Annan's UN Power Grab," has recently been trying fire Mohamed ElBaradei, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, for not finding nuclear weapons in Iran.
In fact, it seems that Bolton is dreaming of a US-controlled UN as this interview on N.P.R (published by the International Herald Tribune) makes it clear:
Bolton said, "If I were redoing the Security Council today, I'd have one permanent member because that's the real reflection of the distribution of power in the world.
"And that one member would be, John Bolton?"
"The United States," Bolton replied
Bolton also sees no obligation in paying UN dues or even, worse still, no binding of international treaties, and no need for the 'rule of law' outside the US.:
"Treaties are 'law' only for US domestic purposes", he wrote in 1997 in the Wall Street Journal, "In their international operations, treaties are simply 'political' obligations.
So what message is Bush really trying to send here? Probably that Europe is kidding itself. His intentions are NOT to play the multilateraly card and surely, the feeling in the rest of the world will be again that the big bully is still let loose.

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