Captain Ed captures my disdain for the United Nations perfectly:
When the leader of one sovereign nation uses the UN dais to issue thinly-veiled demands for the annihilation of another nation, and gets followed by a circus act that makes him look like a moderate, then we know that the inmates are running the Turtle Bay asylum
Many found this to be the most disturbing part of Hugo Chavez's sick speech:
...Chavez' rant went a long way to prove conservatives correct about endemic anti-Americanism in the United Nations. Even other nations appeared stunned by the ferocity of the remarks, such as China's foreign minister, who had to ask for confirmation of his remarks out of disbelief. The warmth of the reception of these remarks provided a stunning look at the hostility that the non-democratic nations have for the United States, especially in the General Assembly. It will add fuel to the fire for conservative skepticism of the body's effect on spreading freedom and liberty around the world, which is supposed to be one of the UN's core missions.
Instead, we see that the organization has increasingly been hijacked by petty petrocrats and hallucinating dictators as a vehicle for hatred and obloquy....
But this is at least one Democrat who sides with Hugo:
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, today defended Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's United Nations speech in which Chavez called President George Bush the devil. Harkin said the comments were "incendiary", then went on to say, "Let me put it this way, I can understand the frustration, ah, and the anger of certain people around the world because of George Bush's policies." Harkin continued what has been frequent criticism of the president's foreign policy.
One might have hoped that Hugo Chavez would be too visibly nuts to be embraced by even the most liberal of Democrats. Apparently not.
Does Harkin side with Amadinejad as well? Seems like the UN does:
Iran's President Mahmoud Amadinejad told reporters that Kofi Annan advised him to IGNORE the United Nations Security Council deadline placed on Iran for stopping their nuclear program, according to Fox News Channel, Brit Hume's program...
There is something so natural about picturing Koffi and Amadinejad together, working towards a common twisted goal (of what? nuclear holocaust? a world without America?), that I have virtually no doubt this story is true. And how much taxpayer-money is going to support this organization? Shoot, why not just wire it directly to Osama's cave ?
And finally, if you still believe the nations' university system is not in the hands of the far-left, well...even this may not dissuade you:
Columbia University has invited the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to give a speech tomorrow at the Morningside campus, Columbia's president, Lee Bollinger, announced late last night...
....Columbia's offer to the president, a Holocaust denier with nuclear ambitions who was labeled by Israel's foreign minister yesterday as the greatest threat to the world's values, is sure to re-ignite protest at a campus that was rocked by a controversy over its anti-Israel professors less than two years ago.
Sadly, I doubt we will see that protest "re-ignite"...instead we have more propoganda for Ahmadinejad to bring home to Iran...