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Fascinating....confirms what I've thought all along. Andrew ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ ------------------------- Via Workers World News Service Reprinted from the Sept. 26, 2002 issue of Workers World newspaper ------------------------- FORMER AMBASSADOR: UN BINDS COUNTRIES TO U.S. INTERESTS There are many myths about world politics. But few are as enduring as those about the United Nations and its role, even from the beginning when the U.S. government set it up at the start of the Cold War. Few know the history and role of the UN more intimately than former U.S. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. He has spent much of his career getting the UN Security Council to endorse Washington's wars, economic sanctions and "peacekeeping" operations. Holbrooke recently decided to give George W. Bush a history lesson on launching imperialist wars. In the Sept. 9 New Yorker magazine, Holbrooke complained: "[T]he hawks around Bush fundamentally misunderstand the role being played by the international organizations that the United States helped create after the Second World War. 'The entire system was created by statesmen like Roosevelt, Truman, and Acheson to bind other countries to our interests- -to prevent rogue states,' Holbrooke said. 'True, some international organizations got taken over, like UNESCO. But on the whole the international system was much more favorable to us than to others. Remember that Bush's father was Ambassador to the UN. He understands this.' " That bears repeating: "The entire system was created ... to bind other countries to our interests." The UN, by design, cannot be a base for opposition to a war launched by the United States. --Gary Wilson _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk