Kofi Annan's arrogance
By Henry Lamb
web posted March 17, 2003
On television screens around the world, Kofi Annan said: "The
members of the Security Council now face a great choice. If they
fail to agree on a common position, and action is taken without
the authority of the Security Council, the legitimacy and support
of any such action will be seriously impaired."
Mr. Annan, you're dead wrong.
Military action by the United States is legitimized by the U.S.
Congress, not by the U.N. Security Council. On October 16,
2002, Congressional Resolution 114 became Public Law 107-
243, which authorized the President of the United States to:
"...use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines
to be necessary and appropriate in order to defend the national
security of the United States against the continuing threat posed
Not another word is needed.
It is the U.N.'s 12-year failure to enforce 17 of its own
resolutions that has allowed Iraq to become a serious threat to
the United States. Now that Iraq is a threat which the U.S. must
remove, Kofi Annan has the audacity to condemn the actions as
"illegitimate." This pronouncement by Kofi Annan will make any
action taken by the U.S., subject to the war crimes provisions of
the International Criminal Court, in the eyes of the United
Had the U.N. pushers had their way in recent years, the U.S.
would be powerless against the U.N.'s so-called global
governance. In 1961, State Department
Publication 7277 promoted the U.N.'s proposal to disarm
all national militaries and create instead, a global standing army
under the U.N.'s command.
In 1995, the Commission on Global Governance renewed this
proposal, saying "What is needed is demilitarization of
international society," and "A United Nations Volunteer Force
should be formed and be available for rapid deployment under
the authority of the Security Council."
U.N. pushers have long craved a global
tax, to provide independent funding for its operations, to be
free from the shackles of member's contributions. The Tobin Tax was actually
introduced in the U.S. Congress, and is supported by many main-stream
organizations. If the U.N. had this taxing authority, it could
afford the standing army it desires.
Had the United States ratified the Kyoto Protocol when it was
first proposed in 1997, the bureaucracy would be just about
strong enough by now, to have a measure of control over the
fossil fuel that could be imported by the U.S.
Had the United States ratified the International Criminal Court,
military action outside the U.N. would, in fact, subject the U.S.
to "war crimes" as defined by the same countries that condemn
as illegitimate our right to self defense.
Fortunately, our leaders have rejected the urging of the U.N.
pushers, and the United States is still a sovereign nation. It is
now extremely clear that the U.N.'s goal is to amass power
superior to the sovereignty of all nations. Kofi Annan's remarks
indicate that he believes the U.N. has that power, if not in fact,
by virtue of public support.
Once again, Congressman Ron Paul has introduced HR1146,
Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003. This bill will withdraw
the United States from the United Nations.
In view of the fiasco at the U.N. in recent weeks, every
American should realize that further participation in the United
Nations is not just a waste of time and money, it is a threat to the
sovereignty of our nation. Congress should take a long, hard
look at what we get for our
U.N. investment, and find better ways to spend hard-
earned tax dollars.
Kofi Annan is dead wrong in his condemnation of U.S. action
against Iraq. France, Russia, China, and many other countries,
would like nothing better than to contain and control the United
States. They have no hope of doing it alone, and see the U.N. as
their best hope of putting a halter on this nation.
Should they succeed in forcing the United States to submit to the
authority of the U.N., the beacon of freedom in the world would
be extinguished in a spiral of increasing oppression, from which it
may take centuries to escape.
Now is the time to say goodbye to the U.N. - and good
Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental
Conservation Organization, and chairman of Sovereignty
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