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Why Bush Should Boycott UN Next Week

Iran’s Ahmadinejad will share the same stage

President Bush should defend the honor of the United States by boycotting the 61st meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

The President is scheduled to speak to the United Nations on September 19.  Also scheduled to speak that day, from the same stage and using the same microphone, is Iranian strongman Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel — another member state of the United Nations — vowing that the Jewish country should be "wiped off the map."

Iran has also pursued nuclear weapons in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 1696 which demands that Iran must "suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development." Iran thumbed its nose at the UN Security Council and for that, Ahmadinejad was rewarded with a visit from Kofi Annan who helped the Iranian president split a united world community and set back progress on Iran’s nuclear intransigence.

In addition, Iran is still listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, is aiding Hezbollah – a terrorist organization in southern Lebanon, and is providing support to Shia militias in Iraq to attack U.S. military personnel, according to top U.S. officials.

Despite Iran’s declaration of war against Israel, its belligerence to the Security Council, and its support of terrorist organizations, it is still a member in good standing of the United Nations. According to Kofi Annan and the UN Charter, Iran is a "peace-loving state," and a member of the global community. Such nonsense must end.

Less than two weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Kofi Annan wrote in the New York Times, “The international community is defined not only by what it is for, but by what and whom it is against. The United Nations must have the courage to recognize that just as there are common aims, there are common enemies.

Why is not Iran a "common enemy" of the world community when it threatens annihilation of another member state? Why can’t Kofi Annan bring himself to condemn Iran’s support of terrorist organizations and activity? The answer is simple — the United Nations is a safe haven for terrorist states and it is time treat the UN as an adversary, not an ally.

Not only will Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spread his jihadist poison to the General Assembly, but he will be joined by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez who is the most vocal anti-American cheerleader on the globe. The 61st General Assembly will likely prove to be the most anti-American, anti-Semitic meeting in United Nations history and regrettably, the largest portion of it — 22% — will be underwritten by American taxpayers.

So while Members of Congress are too craven to withhold U.S. financial support of the United Nations, and Kofi Annan is too busy rolling out the red carpet for America’s enemies, Bush should exercise the only available option — protect the honor of the American people by refusing to participate in a meeting that welcomes terrorists and foments hatred of the United States.

Mr. President, just say "no" to UN-sponsored anti-Americanism.

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Mr. Kilgannon is the president of Freedom Alliance, an educational foundation dedicated to the preservation of American sovereignty. He is the author of "Diplomatic Divorce: Why America Should End Its Love Affair With the United Nations."

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