Ahmadinejad at the U.N.: Sympathy for the Devil?
It is beyond reason. The inmates clearly have control of the asylum. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's rant before the U.N. General Assembly in New York this week would better have been delivered in Stockholm. The famous Stockholm Syndrome was named for the way some hostages began to identify with their terrorist captors. It was offered as a psychological disorder.
In New York, at the U.N., this psychological disorder is the new order of business. Ahmadinejad called for a new world order. Of what? A rule of a U.N. world body dominated -- or at least held hostage by -- the Terroristans that make up an increasing number of the members of the General Assembly.
The U.N. was founded to test the idea of collective security. Every member of the General Assembly had to declare war on Nazi Germany in order to gain admission to the new world organization, in 1945. Why must they have declared war on Nazi Germany? Because any government that did not see the Nazis as hostile to world peace could not be trusted to engage to work for world peace, could not be trusted to recognize rising threats to peace. Nazi Germany was thereby branded an international outlaw regime.
But how to explain Ahmadinejad's oh-so-respectful reception at the U.N.? He has openly called for the destruction of other U.N. members -- namely the United States and Israel. He represents a regime that made war on the United States as long ago as 1979. When the Iranians invaded the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in that year -- and held our people hostage for 444 days -- they were violating the oldest rules of diplomacy. A nation's embassy in a foreign capital is sovereign territory of that nation. Invading and occupying our Embassy was, under centuries of international law, no different from invading and occupying Tallahassee, Florida or Olympia, Washington.
Admadinejad's regime invented suicide bombing. They put in motion the truck bomb that crashed through the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983. That night, 241 U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsmen were murdered in their sleep. By Ahmadinejad's minions.
Ahmadinejad's regime sent thousands of their own children -- boys as young as ten years old -- to their deaths in the decade-long war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. The mullahs of Tehran gave the boys plastic keys to wear around their necks as they marched them through Iraqi minefields. Those were the keys to "paradise."
If there is any regime on earth that comes close to Nazi Germany in its brutality, in its savagery, it is surely the regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The U.N. has proclaimed Iran to be a violator of international nuclear non-proliferation agreements. The U.N. has sent arms inspectors to Iran for decades. The IAEA regularly reports that Iran is close to developing a nuclear weapon.
So what does the U.N. do about it? One hundred twenty U.N. members recently traipsed off to Tehran for a "non-aligned summit." And U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon traipsed with them.
What can this mean? The U.N. stares at the illegal and menacing Iranian nuclear weapons program -- in the words of Martin Luther -- like a cow staring at a new door. They are totally dumbstruck.
Worst of all is this invertebrate Obama administration. Ahmadinejad holds court, calls for a new world order based on terrorism, is applauded in the U.N. General Assembly -- and our delegation walks out! That'll show them!
There is not a tenet of the U.N. that Ahmadinejad has not flouted -- and he gets applauded for it. The Russians have an expression that fits here: when you go to dine with the devil, make sure you take a long spoon. What was this week's grim charade but a show of sympathy for the devil?
America and her allies won World War II against the Nazis. We defeated this enemy of mankind in just three and a half years. But here we are in the Age of Obama -- paying New York City cops to protect this terrorist, Ahmadinejad. New York City will doubtless bill the State Department for police overtime. Maybe we won World War II because we were paying for only one side of the war.
Isn't it time to send the U.N. to Geneva and cut the U.S. contribution from 24% to 6%? Mr. Obama does not think the U.S. is any more "exceptional" than the Greeks or the British.
Very well, Mr. President -- then let's scale back our U.N. dues to an unexceptional 6%. That may be the only thing that gets the attention of these dumbstruck U.N. delegates who cheer America's sworn enemy.
Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison are senior fellows at the Family Research Council. Mr. Blackwell served as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission from 1991 to 1993.