Kofi Annan: Hamas? Terrorist? By Joseph Klein February 6, 2006 FrontPageMagazine.Com Original Source: http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=21155 Secretary General Kofi Annan told the attendees at the 2006 Davos World Economic Conference that he had initiated a “new mindset” at the United Nations on human rights, law, the nature of war, and the role of corporations. To show how hip he was, Kofi surrounded himself with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at the conference. Meanwhile, back at UN headquarters in New York, the real face of the United Nations establishment was revealed in this shocking exchange with the Secretary General’s spokesman Stéphane Dujarric at his January 26, 2006, daily press briefing: Question: Does the Secretary-General consider Hamas to be a terrorist organization? Spokesman: The Secretary-General has denounced in clear terms every time any organization has done a terrorist act, including when those acts were claimed by Hamas. Question: But that doesn’t answer my question. Spokesman: There is no United Nations label that I know of, of a terrorist organization. Question: The last time there was a movie shot here there was a lot of talk that the movie was [being shot at the UN] because it was going to enhance the image of the United Nations in the world, and it was supposed to be supportive of the United Nations. Does a movie on Ché indicate that the United Nations supports Ché Guevara? Spokesman: [Sigh] I don’t know. [Laughter] The United Nations is still unable to reach consensus on a basic definition of terrorism. But it opens its doors to the filming of scenes for a movie about vicious terrorist and mass murderer Ché Guevara! This follows Annan’s participation at the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People last November where a pre-1948 map of Palestine – with the state of Israel conspicuously absent – was proudly displayed. Despite Kofi Annan’s attempt to polish his image in front of the world’s movers and shakers at Davos as he finishes his term, there is really nothing new at all in the mindset that he has brought to his stewardship of Turtle Bay. Evil acts against freedom-loving peoples the world over are excused and sometimes glorified in the halls of the United Nations. Moral courage to confront the enemies of a secure, peaceful and free world is in very short supply. How else can we explain Annan’s years of excuse making for Saddam Hussein and his condemnation of the United States’ forcible removal of this genocidal dictator and menace to peace as “illegal”? Is it a surprise that Annan is hiding in the shadows even after Iran’s aggressive nuclear ambitions have been exposed to the world amidst its president’s repeated threats to destroy Israel? He did not find any time while in London to join representatives from the five permanent members of the Security Council who were discussing a referral of Iran’s actions to the Security Council. But he did find time to issue a bromide statement of moral relativism to the symposium on “Human Civilizations and Cultures: from Dialogue to Alliance” held on January 30-February 1 in one of the more repressive countries in the world: Tunisia. He lectures us about the need to “unlearn our collective prejudices, and promote a continuing dialogue among human societies: a dialogue based on the premise that diversity – in thought, in belief, and in action – is a precious gift, not a threat.” Fair enough, but we are not the people whose leaders vowed to put a democratic member state into an “eternal coma.” At the Davos conference Annan cited, as one his best accomplishments, the broadening of the UN’s constituency, going beyond the member states to bring in non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and foundations in order to represent the “people.” Aside from the fact that United Nations was set up under the UN Charter as an international body of sovereign member states and not as some sort of peoples’ parliament, the NGOs and foundations that Kofi Annan has in mind are most often on the extreme Left of the political spectrum. Along with Annan’s chief advisors, they favor global taxes, massive programs for wealth redistribution from successful countries with free market systems to corrupt regimes – all without any accountability. Foundations set up and funded by George Soros and Ted Turner – including Soros’ Open Society Institute and Turner’s United Nations Foundation – are bankrolling NGOs and UN agencies that have political agendas hostile to the United States. In turn, such NGOs as Amnesty International and Greenpeace have broad access to UN administrators and conferences that the average citizen can never have. They lobby for – and in some instances even help write – UN measures designed to hurt the United States and take power away from our democratic government. They believe that they have a monopoly on the truth, which makes it easy to reject the legitimacy of organizations that might also want to participate in UN conferences but have a different point of view. Greenpeace, for example, lobbied for the UN’s Kyoto Protocol, which would have cost the U.S. at least 4 million jobs had we been foolish enough to join. While Greenpeace does not make donor information readily identifiable on its website, reports indicate that the Turner Foundation has donated to the NGO. The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) has lobbied the UN for a measure to outlaw private gun ownership and effectively overturn the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. Its director, a former employee of Soros’ Open Society Institute, called the U.S. “unbelievably selfish” for its opposition. The Open Society Institute is a donor to IANSA. The multi-year United Nations’ Millennium Development Project – directed by Columbia Earth Institute’s Professor Jeffrey Sachs and funded in part by a Soros foundation – culminated in a recommendation to the Secretary General and the General Assembly that would entail a massive wealth redistribution foreign development aid program along with global taxes to help pay for them. The total annual cost to Americans could top $150 billion before too long if we succumb to world pressure to fully fund this “take from America” program. Project Syndicate, an international association of newspapers established and funded by George Soros’ Open Society Institute, publishes anti-American propaganda. Turner’s United Nations Foundations has helped pay for pro-UN agenda media, including the United Nations Correspondence Association. These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. Soros and Turner-sponsored foundations, among others, are pouring many millions of dollars into NGOs and UN agencies, which have agendas that are blatantly hostile to the United States and the free enterprise system. They are the embodiment of the true mindset that Kofi Annan has reinforced during his reign. Unfortunately, this mindset will not easily change without fundamental reforms and redirection of priorities at the United Nations.