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After the U.N.’s number two man delivered a hysterical broadside at Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for being critical of the world body, Eric Shawn of Fox News did a story noting the involvement of convicted inside trader and left-wing anti-Bush eccentric billionaire George Soros in the pro-U.N. event which featured U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown. Soros is a big U.N. backer and even helps underwrite the awards given out by the U.N. Correspondents Association.

Malloch Brown had claimed at the conference, sponsored by a new front called “the Security and Peace Initiative,” that the American people have been left in the dark by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News about the good things the U.N. is doing around the world. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton dismissed Malloch Brown’s remarks as an attempt to imply that the American people were uneducated or uninformed about what is really going on at the scandal-ridden world organization. He urged U.N. boss Kofi Annan to disavow the remarks. Annan refused to do so.

It turns out that Soros, whose fingerprints are on so many liberal and left-wing activities these days, is a financial patron of one of the conference sponsors, the Center for American Progress, and Soros was himself a speaker at the event. What’s more, Malloch Brown rents his home from Soros.

Soros’ remarks were not as newsworthy as those of Malloch Brown, who seemed to be attacking the American people for not being sufficiently enthusiastic about the performance of the U.N. and blaming Limbaugh and Fox for not doing enough cheerleading for the world body. In order to mitigate the damage caused by these intemperate remarks, Sebastian Mallaby of the Washington Post wrote a column declaring that Malloch Brown was “pro-American” and merely expressing “frustrations” with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, once quoted as saying the effectiveness of the U.N. wouldn’t be affected by losing ten floors of its New York headquarters. Mallaby’s ridiculous column attempted to blame Bolton for everything going wrong at the world organization.

Meanwhile, the failure of U.N. “reform,” because the majority of U.N. member states have no interest whatsoever in curbing their power and influence at the world body, has prompted the Ted Turner-financed Better World Campaign to launch a “Don’t Shut Down the U.N.” effort. The Turner group is attempting to blame the U.S. for the fact that U.N. members don’t want any reforms that affect their control over the U.N. budget.

What U.N. backers are desperate to avoid is a discussion of the world body’s global-tax agenda and its grab for even more money. Mallaby, for example, griped that Bolton had attempted to edit out of last September’s World Summit-outcome document a reference to “the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals, even though these targets for reducing child mortality and so on are inoffensive.”

Inoffensive? As Eric Shawn notes in his book, the MDGs involve a plan for the U.S. to pay 0.7 percent of GDP to the U.N. and other global agencies in increased foreign aid spending. He says this would add $60 billion a year to what the U.S. already pays in foreign aid.

As I pointed out in a column about Shawn’s book, Annan adviser Jeffrey Sachs estimates the figure at $65 billion a year, and it has to be calculated over a period of 13 years, during which the U.S. is expected to meet the MDGs. This brings the figure to a grand total of what the U.S. supposedly “owes” to $845 billion. Sachs himself has spoken of a global energy tax on Americans to make up the difference. My own most recent report on this matter examines how the U.N. is pursuing a global tax that would add the equivalent of 35 cents per gallon to what we are already paying.

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