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Kofi Annan's arrogance

By Henry Lamb
web posted March 17, 2003

Kofi AnnanOn 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 by Iraq..."

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 Nations.

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, the American 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 riddance.

Henry Lamb is the executive vice president of the Environmental Conservation Organization, and chairman of Sovereignty International.

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