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By Tom DeWeese
March 28, 2003

Americans are being confronted by the stark reality of what it means for their nation to be a member of the United Nations. As it stalls, back peddles, and draws yet another line in the sand, Americans are beginning to more clearly see that the UN threatens our national security.

A UN founding member, the United States is its largest source of funding in terms of dues and contributions to UN programs, yet finds itself engaged in a surreal debate as it seeks approval to do what the UN has demonstrated it lacks the courage to accomplish, the disarming of Iraq.

Without UN help, the US has created its own "coalition of the willing." This mission is supported by Great Britain, Spain, many Eastern bloc nations formerly under the heel of the Soviet Union, and the low profile support of Middle Eastern nations who live in the shadow of Iraq's threat.

Meanwhile, despite seventeen empty UN Security Council resolutions, despite President Bush's warning that the UN is on the brink of "irrelevance", despite Secretary of State Colin Powell's remarkable presentation of the threat Iraq represents, the Security Council continues to dither and to mobilize international opposition. In this, it is led by France, a permanent member of the Security Council.

The question facing Americans now is whether our nation's future is to be ceded to the most irresolute international body on earth, the United Nations? To do so would cede, as well, our national sovereignty, the right of every nation to act in its own defense, to act in accordance with its own laws.

To those who make reference to "international law", the fact is that international law has been flouted by rogue nations throughout history and, in particular, the history of the last century where such nations initiated two world wars and numerous smaller conflicts. International law is a myth that is cited only when there are brief periods of peace between hostilities.

The United States can no longer maintain the luxury of membership in this enemy of sovereignty and freedom. The delays the UN would impose on our action in Iraq and wherever else it is required to restore real peace to the world can no longer be tolerated.

The future of the United States of America cannot be surrendered to the United Nations.

2003 Tom DeWeese - All Rights Reserved

Tom DeWeese is the publisher/editor of The DeWeese Report and president of the American Policy Center, a grassroots, activist think tank headquartered in Warrenton, VA. The Center maintains an Internet site at