A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Monday, November 14, 2005

Fix It or Nix It

AP: Ambassador Bolton Catalogues U.N. Problems---

WINGATE, N.C. - United Nations Ambassador John Bolton catalogued the agency's problems Monday, saying Americans want to fix the U.N. or find an alternative to it.

"Being practical, Americans say that either we need to fix the institution or we'll turn to some other mechanism to solve international problems," he said in a speech to several hundred people as part of the Jesse Helms Lecture Series at Wingate University.

One issue that exemplifies the United Nations' problems is that it has become a place where terrorist nations serve on the human rights commission and where even denouncing terrorism is debated, Bolton said.

He noted that a recent session bogged down in discussion over whether national liberation movements should be allowed to engage in terrorism.

"The U.N. has to shake that off in order to be more effective," he said.

Asked whether his bluntness has been useful in dealing with other U.N. ambassadors, Bolton responded: "They enjoy dealing with someone who tells them exactly what he thinks. ... It's the way Senator Helms always proceeded and I always admired him for that."

Bolton spoke forcefully of the split between the United Nations and the United States over support for Israel.
Mr. Bolton is just what is needed at the UN.