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The speech Paul Martin SHOULD give at the UN


By Alastair Gordon
Wednesday, September 23, 2004

Edited version published in the National Post


Prime Minister Paul Martin and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew are off to the United Nations this week. Mr. Martin will be speaking to the UN on Wednesday.


According to the government’s own press release, Mr. Martin will be presenting the case that the Islamist slaughter of black and Christian Sudanese is not “genocide”, but a “war crime”. The UN charter mandates intervention if the crime is “genocide”, but provides wiggle room for a “war crime”. Pierre Pettigrew has already stated that “[genocide requires] a very high burden of proof with respect to intent. The key word here is intent. Which we believe has not been met, legally”. Over one million are now refugees and 50,000 have been murdered for the crime of not being Muslim. The press release says that Mr. Martin will make a bold call for “multilateral solutions to international problems”. With the strong non-democratic Muslim block at the UN, Mr. Martin knows his call for multilateral consensus will appeal to Liberal sensibilities while assuring that no action is taken.


If Canada’s foreign policy were directed by a moral compass, rather than by appeasement and a craven desire to be France, here is the speech that Paul Martin might give at the United Nations this Wednesday.


“Ladies and gentlemen, it is a dubious honor to speak before this body of hypocritical tyrants and international bullies, and I thank you for the opportunity. I have a few points to make.


First, what is happening in Sudan is genocide. Not a mere war crime, but genocide. As in many parts of the world, Islamists are waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing to advance their theocratic goals. I invite you all to join Canada, the United States, and a new coalition of the willing in ending this brutality. However, if you don’t, we’ll find a way to go it alone. Some things are more important than multinational consensus.


Next, Canada is joining with Great Britain in seeking permanent membership for the nation of India on the United Nations Security Council. Why? Because India is the world’s largest democracy, and a model of multi-ethnic representative government, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and rule of law in a region where such qualities are largely unknown. India has been denied a seat on the Security Council since 1947, and it is time to include the democratic voice of one billion people on this world body.


Next, the United Nations must have an independent Auditor General who will have a free hand to investigate UN programs and NGOs, and assure that all UN funds are being used to promote the original principles on which the UN was founded. The first job for the Auditor General will be to investigate the oil-for-food scandal in Iraq, arguably the biggest fraud in human history, and to identify and seek prosecution of all those who benefited from this theft, regardless of their rank.


Here’s a little something to remove any confusion about where Canada stands. As a member of the United Nations, Canada is pro-actively voting today on all future anti-Israel resolutions that we all know will be never-ending. Until every nation in the Middle East is judged against the same standards that have been used to condemn Israel over 100 times, consider our vote to be NO, regardless of the subject matter. When UN resolutions are applied proportionately against all the malefactors of the Middle East, then maybe we’ll reconsider. Until then, you know what Canada’s vote will be – NO!


And then there’s the democratic nation of Taiwan. Do you know that Canada’s current foreign policy welcomes any member of China’s non-democratic government, but a democratically-elected member of Taiwan’s government cannot even visit our shores? All that will change on my watch, let me tell you, and I want a UN resolution that will require UN member nations to guarantee free passage to all democratically-elected government representatives.


Many of you have complimented Canada on its efforts to eliminate landmines, and who can argue with that humanitarian goal? But Canada has been pretty lethargic on keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorist governments such as Iran, and one nuclear weapon will kill and maim a lot more people than all the landmines in the world. Let’s be real. Oil and gas can meet all of Iran’s domestic energy needs a thousand times over, so what’s with the nuclear program? Weapons, that’s what, and before one of our cities is destroyed and uninhabitable for hundreds of years, the UN needs to apply all its muscle to end the nuclear projects of Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea. If you don’t, we will join a coalition of the willing that is prepared to act now.


We can’t forget the Palestinians. After $220 million from Canada and billions from the Europeans, the Palestinians refuse to provide any assurance that these funds are not used for incitement and violence against Israel. So, I want another resolution that states that the Palestinians will not receive another penny until all violence stops and the funds to date are accounted for.


My last point is a little embarrassing for me, but I’m big enough to admit a mistake and correct it. I foolishly appointed Yvon Charbonneau to be Canadian Ambassador to UNESCO. This man has a long history of anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic histrionics, and should never be allowed to pretend that he’s the voice of the Canadian people. So it is with some humility that I am announcing the recall of M. Charbonneau, and the appointment of…. well, that’s a secret for now, but he or she will be someone who has no history of vilifying our democratic allies and who embodies the long-forgotten founding principles of the United Nations.


So that’s all I have to say. Man, do I ever feel better!”


From a dream by Alastair Gordon, Director of Communications, Canadian Coalition for Democracies