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  • Wednesday, December 08, 2004

    Fatal Blow

    Wretchard at the Belmont Club has just come up with another brilliant post, describing the problems racking UN. However, his true genius comes at the end:
    The implicit assumption underlying this discourse is that "we" -- and not you -- ask the questions. The United Nations, and no one else, sits in judgment. That's final: it is International Law. As Robert Kaplan pointed out in The Media and Medievalism, the most powerful tool of totalitarianism is to don the guise of righteousness and assume "the right to question and to demand answers, the right to judge and condemn, and the right to pardon and show mercy." It is in the end an attempt to usurp the wellsprings of legitimacy. Do you hold it to be self-evident that you have the right to "to assume among the Powers of the Earth" as separate and equal station? That's being a rogue nation. Do you presume that "that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights". That is not in the Koran. It is illegitimate and utterly intolerant to impose such a view upon anyone, even upon yourselves.
    I more devastating attack I cannot imagine. The ultimate legitimacy of the UN is questioned, and I think, destroyed, by simply pointing out that the Declaration of Independence and the UN are incompatible. Therefore, we must choose one to adhere to. Which, dare I ask, choose you?

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