Accuracy in Media

      The U.N. Wire, a pro-U.N. propaganda vehicle underwritten by broadcaster Ted Turner, has been pushing U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan for the Nobel Peace Prize. Their campaign succeeded when Annan and the U.N. were announced as the winners of the prize.

      According to Stein Toennesson, head of the International Peace Research Institute, Annan only had one main drawback — his role as head of U.N. peacekeeping in failing to prevent a genocide in Rwanda in 1994 that took almost one million lives. “This is the one big black spot in his record,” he said, “but I think he has rectified that to a great extent himself because he has addressed it openly, he has initiated an investigation into what happened, has overseen it and has drawn conclusions, including criticism of his own role. And he has learned from the disaster in Rwanda in addressing other crises later on.”

      There were other black spots on Annan’s record, including functioning as a foreign agent for Saddam Hussein before the Iraqi dictator evicted U.N. weapons inspectors, and brokering a deal with Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, getting him off the hook for his role in the Pan Am 103 terrorist bombing that killed 270 people. The Better World Campaign, a pro-U.N. propaganda vehicle funded by Ted Turner, was running advertisements saying that the U.N. has been standing with America in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11th. One of the ads claim, “Within 24 hours of the terrorist attacks on America, the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council, under the leadership of Secretary-General Kofi Annan, condemned these barbaric acts and voted to support actions to punish those responsible and those who harbored them.”

      The U.N. has not endorsed a full-blown military campaign against terrorists and terrorist regimes. It wants to control and manipulate a U.S. response, although the U.N. can’t even define the word “terrorist.” There’s a reason for that: terrorist regimes, including Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Cuba, are members in good standing at the U.N. Syria just won election to the Security Council.

      U.N. rhetoric against terrorism has been heard before. Dr. Harris Schoenberg wrote a 1989 book, A Mandate for Terror: The United Nations and the PLO, describing how the world body came to endorse and embrace the terrorism campaign of the Palestine Liberation Organization. In the 1970s, international terrorism was rampant. In 1972, acts of terrorism such as airline hijackings and bombings had been committed against 14 countries. That year, Palestinian terrorists had murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympics in Munich, Germany. But in 1974 PLO chief Yasir Arafat addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York wearing a gun.

      Schoenberg says that while the U.N. was called upon to fight terrorism, the organization endorsed it. U.N. support is one reason why the government of Israel was eventually compelled to recognize the PLO and treat Arafat as a partner in peace talks. President Bush has endorsed creation of a Palestinian state, which has been a long-term objective of Arafat, the U.N., and Osama bin Laden.

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