Friday, February 10, 2012
More and more I seem to agree with the Left when they say that the Bush family has been responsible for countless wrongdoings. Who can forget Bush junior pallying around holding hands and making kissy-kissy with the Saudi monarch? Who can forget, if you think with your brain instead of your conservative heart, that Iraq was the wrong country to invade, destroy and cripple for the next 100 years?
And, now comes this bit of news from Daniel Pipes that the UN's present power is the result of Bush senior's foolishness.
If Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor were the naïfs who foisted the United Nations on the world, George H. W. Bush was responsible for its revival as a political force.
From about 1950 to 1990, the United Nations Security Council was essentially toothless, as the Soviet and U.S. governments disagreed on issue after issue. As a result, anyone wanting to get things done generally by-passed this forum, from the Berlin problem to the Vietnam War to Arab-Israeli negotiations.
The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 constituted the first post-Cold War crisis. The great powers could have handled it any number of ways – in NATO, with a "coalition of the willing," or with a new organization – but Bush (himself a former U.S. ambassador to the UN) took the matter to the Security Council for decision making.
I opposed this decision at the time, seeing it as investing unwonted authority that would long outlast the Kuwait crisis in a morally decadent and politically hostile institution. Indeed, Bush's action had this effect – and we live with the rueful consequences today. UNSC votes on Iraq, Libya, and Syria have had a major impact, permitting a semi-despotism in Moscow and a full-scale one in Peking to exert a major influence on the decisions of democratic states.....