The sky is falling over The Star. Meteroite shower of reality. Bob Ford will be mayor of Toronto. McGuinty government will lose in 2011. Prime Minister Harper is a "Statesman" respected by all democracies and, frankly, feared by totalitarian nations.
Harper does not need to beg, excuse me sell Canada, to join the security of the farce. The UN is a dangerous joke.
And to even consider professor of philosophy and a broadcaster Ignatieff in the same league as brilliant Harper, an economist and political expert, is also a knee-slapper.
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“The biggest problem to be addressed is the UN’ s lack of any cohesive sense of purpose or values common to all members…….After all, when most UN member states have governments that are not democratically elected, and when many are authoritarian regimes that torture their own citizens, the UN can hardly be considered the ultimate source of international legitimacy. To solve this problem requires a two-track approach on the part of the United States and its Western allies: first, going outside the UN entirely to deal with immediate threats to American and international security, and second, working within the UN to address, in the long term, the organization’s crippling flaws…..What is needed to deal with the new security challenges the world is facing is not a revival of the UN but rather the refashioning of the Western alliance……Recent events have demonstrated that the most effective guarantor of world order has been the emergence of new coalitions that are bound together by shared democratic values and by a common perception of the threats that they all face together…..Still a coalition of allies could start with neutralizing the greatest threat to international peace today: global terrorism, another threat that the UN has failed to counter effectively…….The issue of terrorism relates to a number of other concerns common to all of these nations: the spread of weapons of mass destruction, the proliferation of sensitive military technologies, terrorist financing and money laundering, and the incitement of ethnic hatred and violence in national media as well as in educational institutions…….A new democratic coalition would offer many friends of the United States, especially in Easter Europe, an alternative multilateral body in which to coordinate their positions…..And ultimately the UN’ s biggest problem is that it no longer establishes any firm standards of behavior for UN member states. That lack of standards is why a dictatorship like Libya, with a long history of human rights abuses and support for terrorism, could be chosen to head the UN Human rights Commission in Geneva; it is why Syria, another state sponsor of terrorist could be elected to the Security Council, which is sup-posed to safeguard inte4rnation peace and security. These states are given a superior status in the UN but are not expected to alter their behavior at all…….The United States and its allies can affect how other nations behave by, for instance, making clear that it matters how those states vote in the UN General Assembly---that their votes have negative consequences…..The UN is protected by a very high wall of political correctness that makes criticism of it tantamount to an attack on all of mankind.”------Dore Gold, “Tower of Babble”, pp235-238
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