Tuesday, April 26, 2005

J’Accuse Kofi Annan

During the last half year, Kofi Annan has revived an old U.N. policy under a new label: Islamophobia. This is an absurd attempt to pre-empt the sudden criticism of radical Islam both in the United States and Europe by labeling it bigotry and dismissing it from the outset. Despite the President’s expression of admiration for Islam and the Europeans’ super-tolerant societies, Kofi Annan laments that Muslims are the victims of a racist-like prejudice. Despite the hundreds of our fine men and women killed trying to bring a civilized society to the Muslims of Iraq and Afghanistan, despite entering the Balkan conflict on the side of Muslims, Annan has the unmitigated gall to vilify our country for bigotry.

However, the reality is that America is the object of irrational hate and vicious vilification – no, not since the Iraq War – but for decades. For example, Jean-Francois Revel, in his recent book, “Anti-Americanism,” documents the pathological anti-American hatred among French intellectuals. And he’s been writing on this topic for over three decades! Or consider what is happening in Arab and Islamic countries. The government-regulated Egyptian press continually pounds-out irrational hatred as it scapegoats America and Zionists for Egypt’s oppressive living conditions (as we give them $2 billion a year in aid).

But it is not the intellectual error of the anti-concept of Islamophobia. Others have easily dispensed this fraudulent idea. There is something much worse. It is a revival of a U.N. policy decades old: the orchestrated vilification of America and Israel as racist nations. It has been said so often – that we are the world’s leading racist nation – that no one in the U.N. even considers it debatable.

Just 10 days before the 9/11 attacks, the U.N. was holding a “World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance.” Among the speakers for tolerance were Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, and assorted representatives from some of the most repressive regimes. The conference degeneration into an orgy of Israel-bashing and America-hating that was so intense that both Colin Powell and Shimon Peres condemned the conference and withdrew delegates. It is this policy that Kofi Annan is reviving; this is the policy of the U.N. for the last several decades. It’s a policy that's designed to inflame irrational hatred of America and Israel.

A climate of hate enables and encourages actual violence as it always has through out history, and should not be dismissed because it is directed against people of achievement. Indeed, envy may be the worse form of hatred as it is directed against the virtues of those who are hated. It is pure nihilism that demands nothing more that the destruction of achievement. It was against this background of anti-American hatred that Islamic terrorists flew a modern jet into our tallest buildings. It was this hatred that was behind support, in a large part of the world, for the atrocity of 9/11. (See this for further details.)

I accuse Kofi Annan and the U.N. of being moral accomplices in the atrocity of 9/11. For creating the climate, giving legitimacy to this hate, and orchestrating the world-wide hate movement, Annan and the U.N. bear moral responsibility for the culmination of events that led to 9/11. It’s time – indeed, it’s long over due – to leave the U.N. and kick this foul institution out of America. No matter what the cost, our dignity and safety requires this moral imperative. We must stand up and demand this change. We must start acting with honor, pride, and righteousness. Spread the word! Tell others we must stand up tall and take action.

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