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October 21, 1983 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-21

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Friday, October 21, 1983 27


UN Needs Reform, Not Demise

We had such a destruc- units for world betterment?
In 1970, U Thant, then
tion before. The League of
general of the
In her well-documented
study of the United Nations, President Wilson's foes in UN, predicted only 10 more
"Defeat of An Ideal," Shir- the Senate, never included years of existence for the
ley Hazzard reasoned that the U.S. as a member. Two body he headed, the organ-
this potentially strong in- evil tyrants who figured ization that gave us the
strument had self- prominently in crushing the Univesal Declaration of
destructed. Writing 10 little life remaining in the Human Rights. U Thant at-
years ago, she blamed weak, league were Adolf Hitler tached. a powerful rider to
if not cowardly, leadership and Benito Mussolini. his gloomy forecast. Only
for wounds inflicted. Yet Would we really want to one decade of viability re-
she retained enough op- emulate their actions by mained, he said, unless the
timism to conclude that the helping to do in the UN in UN was reformed.
survival of civilization itself this era of the frightening,
"I have," says Richter,
depended on a reformed huge production of nuclear
"fire-proof, perennial
UN, financed by the people weapons?
To advocate running out enjoyments, called em-
of the world and answerable
on the UN instead of fight- ployments"; and says Bur-
to them.
These past few weeks ing to preserve the ideal and ton, "So essential to human
have brought a near reality of a confederation for happiness is employment,
triumph for a large contin- peace and security amount that indolence is justly con-
gent of Americans who have to inflicting fierce wounds sidered the mother of mis-
campaigned for years to on the U.S., Israel, and ery."
"get the United Nations out other democracies.
Pat Moynihan, who
of the United States and the
United States out of the served with distinction as
United Nations." Much our delegate to the UN in
muscle was added to their 1975 and 1976, raises a
drive when Charles M. valuable warning. He
Lichtenstein, back-up man says that if America de-
to Jeane Kirkpatrick, our faults, as the Senate in a
chief delegate to the UN, rash moment urged it to,
said no impediment would there might be a transfer
be put in the way if member of UN headquarters to
states vote to remove the Vienna, much to the
Soviet Union's delight.
organization from our soil.
Sounding more like a He sees such an emo-
back-up man for John tional and ill-advised ac-
Wayr e than for anyone else, tion as prelude to "the
Lichtenstein added that he collapse of the post-
and others would be at World War II arrange-
dockside "bidding you a ment for a world order,"
farewell as you set off into leading possibly to World
War III.
the sunset."
Wen we simmer down
Especially for • those
who are weary and furi- after the current boil-over
ous over the constant de- in the halls of the UN, we
nunciation of Israel in could do ourselves a service
this international forum, by recalling what Ralph
the double-barrelled Bunche did under UN au-
reaction of President Re- spices in the late 1940s. As
agan to Lichtenstein's principal secretary of the
shot from the hip is sig- UN Palestine Commission,
nificant. At first blush, he affected an armistice be-
the President said most tween Israel and four Arab
Americans would ap- nations — Egypt, Jordan,
prove Lichtenstein's im- Syria, and Lebanon. This
pulsive behavior. But la- did not bring peace but a
ter, addressing the Gen- valuable respite from war.
eral Assembly, he
It helps also to know that
backtracked and reaf- approximately 80 percent of
firmed U.S. support for all UN expenditures are
the UN.
applied to health, economic
Those of us who have and human services. Do we
abandoned hope that Israel, really want to turn our
the only democracy in the backs on such UN programs
Middle East, will ever get a and agencies as UNICEF,
fair deal in the UN would the World Health Organiza-
indicate their support for Is- tion, International Bank for
rael better by sharing Shir- Reconstruction and De-
ley Hazzard's plea for a re- velopment, the Interna-
construction of the sick and tional Labor Organization,
immoral organization the International Civil
rather than praying for its Aviation Organization, and
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