World Needs More Cowboy Diplomacy from Bush
- 13 October 2006 by Author 0 Comments
World Needs More Cowboy Diplomacy from Bush
By Richard Larsen
Published – 10/13/06
There was an almost audible sigh of relief this week when it became apparent that the United Nations Security Council would seek to impose sanctions against North Korea’s Kim Jung-il. The collective world reaction to that news is unwarranted in light of the impotence of the United Nations in resolving global challenges. The old aphorism regarding the definition of insanity consisting of repetitive attempts of the same act while expecting different outcomes seems totally applicable.
There is much more evidence that sanctions, especially of the economic variety, hurt the people of a country much more than they hurt the regimes they are targeted at. Sanctions against Saddam Hussein, even after over a dozen U.N. resolutions, only hurt the people of Iraq. Hussein simply partnered with outlaw nations like France, Russia, and China to garner the military equipment he sought. The cash from the U.N.’s Oil For Food fiasco went primarily to military expenses, rather than for providing the food required by his people. Conservative figures indicate that over 5,000 Iraqis were dying every month during the Oil for Food program due to malnutrition and starvation.
Sanctions didn’t work against Libya. After all the U.N. resolutions passed against Libya and imposition of sanctions, Khadafi didn’t comply until he saw what happened to Saddam’s little regime. Then he decided he’d cooperate rather than being added to the list of ignominiously deposed dictators.
Israel has had over 60 U.N. Resolutions passed against them by the bigoted Anti-Semites of the United Nations. Despite all their efforts, Israel is still in existence, and despite all the attempts to eradicate them, they’re continuing to thrive economically and democratically.
Previous U.N. Resolutions against North Korea have proven inept, as U.N inspectors have been booted from the country and the defiance of a Communist tyrant continues as a thorn in the side of the self-absorbed United Nations.
Time and time again, sanctions and very important sounding U.N. Security Council Resolutions are implemented ostensibly to reign in rogue states and more roguish leaders, but to no avail. Rather than having any efficacious outcome whatsoever, they simply promote the image of them doing something. The old Platonic form vs. substance dichotomy at work.
I’m more convinced than ever that diplomacy only works with a certain faction in U.S. politics. Words matter more to them than actions. Comments like “I tried,” matter more than any actual efforts to address the emerging terrorist threat in the 1990s. Efforts to refine our nomenclature dealing with the enemies of freedom and liberty are met with vociferous denunciation. Heaven forbid that we should call them “Islamo-Fascists.” We might upset them or something! As if they haven’t already threatened to destroy us if we don’t convert! And heaven forbid we should call three of the most tyrannical regimes in the world an “Axis of Evil.” We can’t call a spade a spade, or they may get upset with us! The denunciation comes from some within our own country. To those people, obviously, words matter more than actions.
Diplomacy, and words, only matter in a reality based existence if they are backed by action. You tell a child, “I’ll slap your hand if you stick your hand into the toilet again.” If they do it, and we don’t follow up, what lesson has the child learned? Sounds a lot like 16 resolutions passed by the U.N. against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, doesn’t it?
What I fear, however, is that our President is succumbing to the U.N. crowd. Some think he was too much of a cowboy when it came to Iraq, even though he followed through on what the U.N. had been saying for 12 years they would do if Hussein didn’t tow the line on WMDs. Now with Iran and North Korea he’s betting on an absolute busted hand: efficacy and resolve from the U.N.
The only thing that curtails the neighborhood bully’s odious actions is a force greater than his. That’s probably the only thing that can get through to thugs like Kim Jung-il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As soon as Kim attempted his rocket launch earlier this summer, when it appeared it was headed toward Hawaii, the launch site should have been destroyed. He would have understood that. As soon as he attempted his nuclear test, the test site should have been destroyed.
The world needs more cowboy diplomacy from the leader of the free world. The U.S. doesn’t use it’s might for imperial pursuits. We aren’t in search of a fifty-first state. But we are seeking increased global stability, most of which apparently will only come by dealing with these hectors like the bullies they are, and with a force they can understand. You can bet Ahmadinejad is watching very closely how we deal with North Korea. A U.N resolution and proclaimed economic sanctions (that France, Russia, and China will undoubtedly ignore!) will be interpreted as a green light by Iran for continued nuclear development. Words, sanctions, and resolutions do not intimidate dictators. History has proven that.
Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.