Thursday, July 28, 2005

O'reilly on the UN

Should have written this on Tuesday, but being the great procrastinator that I am, I failed to. Please forgive me.

ON Monday's edition of the factor Mr. O'reilly contended that the United Nations has done nothing (that he knows of) to aid in the war on terror. He made this assertion during a discussion with two conservative commentators, about entities and individuals who are aiding the terrorists.

If the gentleman had actually done some research - even a quick google search - he would have found out that on September the 28th 2001, the UN passed resolution 1373, which condemned the 9/11 attacks and created a concrete multilateral framework that would aid nations effectively fight terrorists (all kinds not just Islamic). The resolution created the Counter Terrorism Committee, that reports yearly on the member states compliance with resolution 1373, and the moves to fight terror. For example, Kenya has been on the receiving end of negative reports on its terror war for the past two years.

It is quite disconcerting to see how the Iraq war has muddied the waters in the war on terror. This may be an exaggeration, but it seems that most countries see the War in Iraq and the War on Terror as two distinct issues, however, in America there is no distinction and this causes Americans to believe that nations not aiding in the War in Iraq, are not helping (or in some cases, actively hindering) the war on terror ( or as it is know known, the Struggle Against Extremism). Most people are against terror and most nations are actively involved in the fight against terrorism - case in point the arrest of a terrorist in Zambia today, Americans need to take this into account when they speak about the War/ Struggle, the world does not necessarily see Iraq in the same way, and just because the world is not actively involved in Iraq, this does not mean they are not actively involved in the wider struggle. The Struggle against Extremism is a multi year, multilateral effort and one needs to take the wider picture before criticizing the world of doing nothing.
AND THAT'S THE MEMO.

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Blogger Acolyte said...

Bill O'reilly is an idiot and a stooge and that is the simplst way of saying it.

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