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Help Wanted: UN Secretary-General

by Thomas P. Kilgannon

Posted Sep 28, 2006

The United Nations is continuing its process of selecting the next secretary-general to lead the anti-American chorus at Turtle Bay. At the same time, the U.S. Senate continues to drags its feet on the confirmation of John Bolton as ambassador, the only individual at the UN who is defending American values.

Today, the UN Security Council will conduct a third straw poll on the candidates to replace Kofi Annan. Leading the race at this point is Ban Ki-Moon, the South Korean foreign minister who has won the two previous secret ballots conducted by the Security Council. The other leading candidate is Kofi Annan’s protégé, Shashi Tharoor, who hails from India and has spent his whole life in the comfortable cocoon of the UN. Members of the Security Council vote “encourage,” “discourage” or “undecided” on each candidate, but do so on a secret ballot, so it is unknown how the five permanent members of the Council vote.

There have been some late entries into the field, fueling speculation that while the Security Council may be willing to settle for South Korea’s Ban Ki-Moon, members are not enthralled with his candidacy.

Many in Washington believe that a new secretary-general will be able to clean the Augean Stables at the UN. Not so. The UN is corrupt, anti-American, and a safe haven for dictators, thugs and terrorist states. Ban Ki-Moon is leading the race precisely because he says little and is unwilling to offend any interest. The other candidates do the same. So no candidate to replace Kofi Annan has denounced the vile rhetoric of Hugo Chavez and defended the “decorum” of the institution.

Meantime, the confirmation of John Bolton languishes. Why? Because liberals have no objection to Hugo Chavez’ trash talking about our country and our president. They are perfectly comfortable in sending billions of dollars to the UN to help the leader of a terrorist state spread his anti-American ideas around the world.

Today, the UN Security Council moves one step closer to a new secretary-

general. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate will have added one more day of delay to the confirmation of John Bolton. The Senate is doing what no other individual or institution has done in the 61-year history of the United Nations: making the UN look efficient and organized.

Mr. Kilgannon is the president of Freedom Alliance, an educational foundation dedicated to the preservation of American sovereignty. He is the author of "Diplomatic Divorce: Why America Should End Its Love Affair With the United Nations."

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In this instance (conventional wisdom in the UN), North and South America are collectively grouped as "The Americas" and Ocenia is included as part of Asia. So by the conventional wisdom in the UN... it's Asia's turn.

It figures that they'd come up with a system which screws us.

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Nope, I think Mantis had it.

To be fair, Asia population is what? Around 2.5 Billion... Africa 1 Billion... the Americans... .5B AND there are far more countries in Asia and Africa than in the Americas. I think the next time it comes around to the Americas, we should simply insist that the leader come from the North.

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To be fair, Asia population is what? Around 2.5 Billion... Africa 1 Billion... the Americans... .5B AND there are far more countries in Asia and Africa than in the Americas. I think the next time it comes around to the Americas, we should simply insist that the leader come from the North.

I have a better idea, we should insist that the next leader be the most qualified person.

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And if that person isn't from North America?

Then so be it. The problem is that the UN has been running around trying to be oh so politically correct by choosing Secretary Generals from everywhere (except North America). The system seems designed to screw those of us in North America. Geography should never be a consideration.

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yes life here in north america is alot worse because we cant get a un secretary general

Of course not. Do you not think that if the position is supposed to rotate around the continents, we're overdue?

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Then so be it. The problem is that the UN has been running around trying to be oh so politically correct by choosing Secretary Generals from everywhere (except North America). The system seems designed to screw those of us in North America. Geography should never be a consideration.

Who cares? It's like how they rotate where the Olympics go or where the World Cup is played ... lot of people or places that meet the qualifications. So why not rotate it.

AND the Americas are in the rotation, how is it design to screw North America?

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Who cares? It's like how they rotate where the Olympics go or where the World Cup is played ... lot of people or places that meet the qualifications. So why not rotate it.

AND the Americas are in the rotation, how is it design to screw North America?

We have been screwed.....Here's the score card:

Europe: 4

Africa: 2

Asia: 1

South America: 1

North America: 0

Oceania: 0

The next should be from North America or Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, etc)

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We have been screwed.....Here's the score card:

Europe: 4

Africa: 2

Asia: 1

South America: 1

North America: 0

Oceania: 0

The next should be from North America or Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, etc)

Not if you count it like this:

Europe: 4

Africa: 2

Asia/Oceania: 1

Americas: 1

Why would you count it like that? First of all the Americas are of comparable size to Europe, both in population and in number of states, so it makes sense to lump them together... Furthermore, why is Oceania its own continent? like 30 Million ppl tops live there... like 1% of the world's population?! That ludicrious... why not give it to Antarctica... afterall, its a continent too :P

The only thing you could make a claim for is that Europe is over-represented, but the UN is taking steps to reverse that...

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Well, I think it would be a really bad idea having a north american UN secretary...don´t you have enough with controlling this organization and manipulating it just to serve to America´s interests? What matters the nationality of the secretary if the US controlls him, as has done with Annan?

PS: Forgive me if i have made many grammar or vocabulary errors, but i am from Spain and my english is not perfect... :huh:

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Mantis: Oh please, Oceania?

One way to look at the rotation would be to use the regional blocs that the United Nations uses for the allocation of non-permanent seats on the Security Council: Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America, Western Europe and Other. By that thinking, we're pretty far ahead here in North America.

Plus, "North America," i.e., Canada and the United States has so much sway in the United Nations as it is. When you dominate the system, why quibble over whether or not the chief diplomat (who most swear to serve the United Nations and not his or her own state) is originally a national of your home state?

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