Muted reaction to UN scandal

Melanie Phillips:

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"Reaction in Britain has been muted, not despite the vast implications of this scandal but because of them. For in the current obscene climate of inverted moral values, the UN is not seen for what it is — a corrupt, incompetent and terror-promoting organisation — but is regarded instead as the fount of order, morality and civilised values.

"The revolting diplomats doubtless think the fact that Iraq is about to be delivered into the hands of the UN is its last chance. Yet this is akin to putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank.

"Take the recent remarks by Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN’s special representative for Iraq who has the diplomats’ approval. There was no doubt, he opined, that ‘the great poison in the region is this Israeli policy of domination and the suffering imposed on the Palestinians…’

"On the contrary, the great poison in the region is the UN. Mr Brahimi’s vicious distortion merely reflects the malevolent agenda that fuels UN policy in the Middle East (and courses through the diplomats’ letter). It does everything it can to discriminate against, punish and vilify Israel while sanitising, ignoring or even encouraging the murderous Jew-hatred of so many of its member states.

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"In short, far from being the honest broker in the Middle East the UN is actively involved in promoting and encouraging terror, hatred and bigotry. Yet the US still provides one fifth of its income. This is ludicrous. The UN is the world’s problem, not its solution. It should be shut down, and a United Democratic Nations formed instead. The US should indeed be criticised —not for tearing up four decades of corruption and appeasement, but for not doing so with sufficient rigour."

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