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Bolton sabotaging UN reform - with Iran's help

by Jerome a Paris Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 04:36:31 AM EST

You may have read late last week about Bolton's bombshell: last-minute comments - about 750 of them on a 36 page document - from the US delegation to the UN document, a solemn declaration that is supposed to be signed two weeks from now when more than 170 Heads of State congregate in New York for the UN General Assembly.

Amongst his requirements:

  • drop "respect for nature" amongst our fundamental principles (human rights, freedom, tolerance, etc...);

  • drop the "millenium objectives" signed in 2000 (including by the US) that state among other precise targets that developped countries must target to increase development aid to 0.7% of GDP and help reduce poverty by half in 2015;

  • drop all references to the Kyoto Treaty, to the ICC (International Crimila Court), and and acknowledgement that global warming is a "serious issue";

  • drop all references to the goal for nuclear powers to give up these weapons.

I suppose these are standard Bush fare, but the negotiations had been going on for the past 6 months, so one wonders why this wrench is thrown in the works so close to their conclusion. And Bolton is working actively to make progress as difficult as possible, allying, as Le Monde relates today, with Egypt, Pakistan and Iran on procedural matters to slow down negotiations. The last minute objections have made it possible for a number of countries unhappy with some items to "come out of the woods".

Once again ,we see who Bolton's - and Bush's real friends are...

Remind me once again, who are the terrorists??

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 04:49:19 AM EST
You are the terrorist, you must be, or you wouldn't be asking! </snark>
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 05:01:50 AM EST
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It's Bolton, actually...sent to terrorize the UN...off to a flying start, it looks. And I still wonder if the UN can just say, "Thanks, but no thanks" to all these amendments. Anyone out there familiar with UN protocol on these matters?

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 05:31:47 AM EST
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I'm no UN expert, but I believe that this particular initiative is very vulnerable to US tactics. It requires broad based agreement and there is a deadline of the upcoming conference.

The basic reason for so many amendments is to bog down negotiations to the point where the policy statement is not ready in time for the conference. At that point, some mushy worthless document will be hastily agreed upon for PR reasons and that will be that. UN sabotaged once again.

The sadness of course is that Bolton's view is that UN cooperation is a bad thing, because countries getting together and agreeing on things (any things!) represents a threat to the US.

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 06:19:38 AM EST
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I'm pretty much too embarrassed to even try to  make any thoughtful comments on what Bolton is doing..maybe I could pass for Canadian for a bit. Then again it's almost 4 in the morning here and I haven't been to bed yet so that could be my excuse.

"People never do evil so throughly and happily as when they do it from moral conviction."-Blaise Pascal
by chocolate ink on Wed Aug 31st, 2005 at 06:41:34 AM EST

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