- October 24th marked UN Day, and I was pleased to deliver
these remarks at the Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations:
- On the subject of how the United States is to work with
the UN in general, I will be very clear. The sovereignty of the United
States of America must be preserved, as well as some form of the nation-state
system worked out at the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. For thousands of
years, empires have tried to create world government. Force has always
been the method, tragedy the result. From Rome to the British Empire and
now under the aegis of the Project for a New American Century, world domination
has been the goal of those for whom power is an end in itself, rather than
the means to do good.
- Furthermore, all world domination strategies employ rosy-sounding
propaganda to make it look like their plan will be a positive development
for the human race. Whether it be "Freedom and Democracy," or
"Liberty, Fraternity and Equality," no imperial agenda makes
its case without a clever appeal to humankind's deepest longings.
- But imperialists never intend to actually deliver on
the promises they make, just ask the Iraqis how their freedom and democracy
- It is because of this practical understanding of the
historic intentions and methods of world government that we must be careful
when empowering any global governance structure. For all their problems,
at least nation states allow visions of national governance to compete
freely in the international marketplace.
- The modern implementation of supranational government
began at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, continued through World War I
becoming the League of Nations, then finally took shape as the UN after
World War II. The winners of World War II are the permanent members of
the Security Council. What's fair about that?
- Those promoting these supranational executive bodies
are often wartime leaders of the nations they represent. The Rockefellers,
who armed both sides of the conflict in World War II, donated the land
on which the United Nations Building now sits. However beneficial the United
Nations has been, is, or will be, we cannot be blindly optimistic about
any global governing body whose sponsors are militant and imperialistic.
Thus, the United States, while working to end its own imperialism, must
not surrender its sovereignty.
- For all these reasons and more, as Senator, it would
be my policy that the United States should not regard the United Nations,
and particularly the Security Council, as having executive or legal authority.
For the same reasons, I cannot recommend a UN Rapid Reaction Force or that
we join the International Criminal Court. However, it would also be my
policy to regard the General Assembly, which includes all the nations of
the world, as having a great deal of moral authority.
- This does not mean that I would not like to work with
the United Nations. As an organic agriculture and peace activist, I have
examined their work on the subject of food, farming, and refugees at some
length. There can be no doubt that much of their work and the intentions
of member nations and staff are good. But the policies that we must adopt
in order to combat terrorism, fight poverty, protect human rights and deal
with infectious disease will be the same regardless of our relationship
with the United Nations. I should add that it is more important how we
work with the United Nations to end imperialism, globalization and the
rule of transnational corporations.
- Terrorism and human rights abuses will end when imperialism
ends. Terror is used by the state as an instrument of foreign policy and
domestic control. Human rights abuses are a function of terror. Certainly
there are psychopaths within races, nations and religions, but they would
be easily controlled if not so often employed by state actors for geopolitical
purposes. Al Qaeda was created by the British and the US for the purpose
of weakening the Soviet Union. It continues to be useful to the United
States and global imperialists because it justifies the use of force anywhere
in the world. Look on a map, wherever you see a place where the global
elite have identified necessary resources or trade routes, you will find
that Al Qaeda or something similar is active. You will also find well-meaning
activists urging UN intervention, which will be followed by a corporate
takeover and privatisation of the natural resources of the target nation.
From Afghanistan, to Iraq to the Sudan, to Indonesia the pattern is the
same. John Perkins, in his New York Times Bestseller "Confessions
of An Economic Hitman" explains some of the methodology in painful
- Fighting poverty and infectious disease is best accomplished
by honoring indigenous survival systems and not attempting to supplant
them everywhere with the failing western agro-industrial society. Under
the guise of fighting poverty and disease, nations which have no need for
western civilization and cannot afford it, have sold their precious natural
heritage for a pittance. They are left with ecological devastation and
an inadequate techno-industrial support system for which they cannot pay.
Organic agriculture, holistic health and permaculture practises have been
developed in the Western World which could supplement indigenous survival
systems. These practises would be a far superior export for the US than
weapons, ineffective or dangerous vaccines, and genetically modified crops.
- Rather than enlarging the Security Council, my policy
as Senator would be to dismantle it completely. The Security Council's
role has largely been to give international legitimacy to the imperialistic
adventures of its permanent members. It has been significantly incompetent
to protect nations such as Palestine from the hostile actions of the UN's
favored nations. Its track record on Palestine is abysmal, and there is
no reason to believe it will change. If there must be a Security Council,
or an Executive Committee of the UN, let it be elected by roll-call vote
from amongst the members of the General Assembly.
- With respect to the role of the UN in Iraq, it should
be to oppose foreign policies of some of its members, and to provide international
- In closing, I would like to recommend that all readers
call to support Congressman Dennis Kucinich's Resolution to Impeach Vice-President
Cheney, House Resolution 333. Given President Bush's recent comments regarding
World War III, I further urge all participants to call for his impeachment.
We also need Congressional Hearings into the recent flight of a nuclear
armed B-52 to Barksdale AFB, the jumping ground for military flights to
the Middle East. Our Legislators in Washington have not protected us from
this dangerous and out-of-control Executive Branch and it is time to Fire
Congress. If you are interested in more information on my campaign and
my platform, please visit mothermedia.org.
- Thank you all.
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