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Jewish World Review May 31, 2002 / 20 Sivan, 5762

Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager
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Don't worry, New York, you are safe from a terrorist threat | A captured high-ranking al-Qaeda terrorist has reportedly divulged that one potential New York City target for a terrorist attack is the United Nations building.

Don't believe it. Of all the institutions Islamic terrorists are likely to attack, the U.N. building is among the least likely. The United Nations is, after all, one of the terrorists' most important allies. It is Israel, the greatest victim of Islamic terror, that the United Nations loathes, not the terrorists.

Nevertheless, this alleged revelation did cause me to ponder. What if the U.N. building were blown up? What would happen? And then it occurred to me -- if no innocents were hurt, the destruction of the U.N. building in New York City would actually increase goodness on earth.

To those unwilling to acknowledge the truth about the United Nations, this statement must surely sound terrible, but the truth is that for most of its history, the United Nations has increased injustice and misery in our world. It has given moral stature to the tyrannies that make up the majority of its members, especially the Arab and Islamic blocs that dominate U.N. deliberations and resolutions. And it has either done nothing to stop the greatest atrocities of our time, or actually abetted them.

For example, Dr. Samantha Power, executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, author of a major new book on genocide, blames the United Nations for enabling the Rwandan genocide. Among other things, the United Nations pulled out its peacekeepers just as the Hutu genocide of the Tutsis began.

But while the United Nations does nothing to stop, and sometimes abets, genocide, it sure does care about Palestinians. It has passed more resolutions on behalf of the Palestinians -- the national group that has unleashed perhaps the most havoc on humanity in the last 35 years -- than on behalf of anyone or anything else.

Whatever the Palestinians and their automatic majority of Islamic and Arab dictatorships want, the United Nations gives. They wanted a U.N. Commission to examine Israel's "massacre" in Jenin? They got it, even though only 56 Palestinians died, nearly every one of whom was a terrorist. They wanted the genocidal regime of Sudan on the Human Rights Council and the United States removed?

Now don't misunderstand. It is not that U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan or anyone else at the United Nations is necessarily personally evil. It is that the governments that dominate U.N. voting are. That is why the United Nations has become a force that promotes tyranny on earth, not peace or freedom.

So, Islamic terrorists would have to be very stupid to blow up the United Nations. And while they are demonic, they are not stupid. They would never hurt a good friend.

But what if they did foolishly blow up the United Nations? Well, then, those who love freedom and democracy would be given a unique opportunity to better the world -- we can then push the United Nations to rebuild elsewhere.

Having the United Nations in New York City, USA, is an awful idea. New York may gain some economic benefits from the big-spending diplomats living there. But otherwise, having the United Nations in America is of absolutely no benefit to America. Believing that foreign diplomats stationed in New York will come to admire America is as rational as believing in the tooth fairy. America has no influence on representatives of tyranny. If anything, seeing our power, affluence, freedom and tolerance, none of which they have and all of which they fear, only increases most delegates' hatred of our country. Every 9-11 terrorist had spent quite some time in America, and doing so only increased their hatred of it. America represented everything they wished to destroy.

So here's a sincere suggestion: If the United Nations is blown up, rebuild it in Saudi Arabia. Most delegates will love it -- no women drivers, no media criticism of the tyrannies they represent, virtually no crime, an unlimited number of personal slaves, I mean, servants, no religious tolerance and no elections. For the majority of delegates, it will be like home, sweet, home.

In fact, why wait for an attack? Move the United Nations to Saudi Arabia before it ever gets attacked.

New York can use the land for something far more productive -- a new Yankee Stadium.

JWR contributor Dennis Prager hosts a national daily radio show based in Los Angeles. He is a director of Empower America and the author of "Happiness is a Serious Problem". Click here to visit his website and here to comment on this column.


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