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Building UN castles in the sky
By Tom DeWeese
Any international institution that votes to put Libya in charge of its Human Rights Commission and has Iraq in line to head its Disarmament Conference has sunk to such depths of moral depravity it should be driven from the world stage. This same institution, the United Nations, having no shame whatever, has decided the United States of America should build them a new skyscraper with an interest-free loan.
Recently it unveiled its plan for a top-to-bottom renovation of its current Manhattan-located, 38-floor building. The plans would also include building an additional 30-story tower, thus nearly doubling the UN headquarters' space. Cost of the project is estimated at $1.3 billion. The UN continually pleads poverty, but that is because there's never enough money to fund its self-imposed, ever-expanding agenda.
What to do? What does the UN always do when it needs money or anything else? It looks for that never-ending pot of gold at the end of the Potomac. After constantly bashing the United States for its selfish, capitalist greed, the benevolent socialists at the UN want Uncle Sam to float a loan. But not just a loan; they want an interest-free loan!
The arm-twisting has already begun as UN officials are rounding up support for the loan at the State Department and in Congress. According to reports, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan cornered President Bush about the issue when they met last November.
Should the United States just provide the loan, no questions asked? Since the money will actually come from the pockets of the American taxpayer, perhaps the government should act in our interest by making sure the UN actually qualifies for the loan.
A good loan officer at any bank would ask basic questions like these: What, specifically, is the money to be used for? Is the project necessary and fiscally sound? What are the possibilities that the loan will be paid? Is there a sufficient credit record to permit loaning such an amount? For the American taxpayer, let's examine the answers.
The UN says it needs to repair its old headquarters and original plans called for "a comprehensive, systematic cost-efficient" capital master plan to bring the building up to modern building code requirements. For example, the building doesn't have a sprinkler system. In addition, say UN officials, the building has become expensive to run and is poorly equipped to handle cable lines or energy-saving devices, while most of the existing equipment has become too old to maintain. The UN, under that plan, was seeking to pay for the project incrementally, over twenty-five years. Okay, so far the applicant is asking for a loan, using fiscally sound reasoning. However that was the plan discussed in 2000.
in late 2002, it was apparently abandoned as the UN announced a grand new scheme
calling for an additional 30-floor building with the whole project being financed
by an interest-free loan from the United States. So we must now take a closer
look at the reasons why the UN needs such a grand design, almost doubling office
Specifically, the Charter for
Global Democracy outlined twelve goals necessary to achieve global governance.
Obviously, the UN is planning to expand its operation from the world-wide perception of simply a place where nations can meet to air their differences to the implementation of a global government, complete with taxes, armies and criminal courts; actions historically undertaken only by governments. Plans for a bigger complex of buildings would be necessary as the UN headquarters is transformed into the world capital building.
The American taxpayers very quickly should tell their elected representatives and the State Department that any loan application from the United Nations is dead on arrival unless they can come up with a suitable co-signer. Better yet, perhaps the UN should just take its business elsewhere.
Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president
of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist think tank. The Center,
headquartered in Warrenton, VA, maintains an Internet site at www.americanpolicy.org.
© Tom DeWeese, 2003
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