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UN must again choose between capitulation and credibility
gregfelton.com (July 22, 2011)
The upcoming United Nations vote to recognize Palestinian statehood should be a foregone conclusion, especially given the overwhelming support and sympathy for Palestine among the developing world. By the end of May, 112 nations had agreed to recognize statehood, and Palestinians expect to have 135 votes by September—more than the needed two thirds of the 192-member General Assembly. There are no moral, legal or logical reasons to oppose recognition, but morality, law and logic have little relevance where Palestine is concerned. ...read more

1936 and the illusion of progress
gregfelton.com (April 1, 2011)
Seventy-five years ago, a head of state stood up before the world body to demand justice for his people, who had been terrorized and murdered by an imperial aggressor. All prior attempts to mediate the matter and appeal to the principles of collective security and equality of nations were deliberately ignored. The leader’s name was Haile Sellassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia; the world body was The League of Nations; the aggressor was Fascist Italy. Sellassie’s address, delivered in June 1936 in Geneva, is not some arcane tidbit of long-forgotten 20th-century history. It is a highly meaningful document that depicts how Great Powers quickly betray their principles under the cover of law. ...read more

Address by UN Secretary–General Ban Ki-Moon on the 60th Anniversary of Israel’s Admission
Canadian Arab News (May 11, 2009)
…With each passing year, we come closer to our past. Every year brings with it momentous anniversaries of events that shaped our world. For example, we have recently marked the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II and of the United Nations itself. These two events, inextricably linked, form the basis of what we have come to know as the modern era, the post-war era. For me, as Secretary–General, looking back on where the UN started and where it is now has a special importance, for I am now charged with guiding the world body through unknown and uncertain territory. ...read more

The world marks 60 years of zionist terror made possible by a corrupt U.S. president
Canadian Arab News (May 13, 2008)
Over the past few weeks, The Lobby and its Christian acolytes in government and the media have been forcing the world’s governments to celebrate 60 years of Israeli “statehood.” Even the three U.S. presidential [sic] nominees are falling over themselves to pay homage to their political master. I said “forcing” because I find it impossible to believe that any law-abiding democratic government would of its own free will celebrate a geopolitical perversity founded on torture, theft, murder, gangsterism and blackmail.. ...read more

World Peace Forum—Too little substance; too much self-delusion and utopian claptrap
Canadian Arab News (June 22, 2006)
I’d like to write a supportive column about the World Peace Forum, but I just can’t. Despite the good intentions of the organizers, the sincerity of people who signed on to it, or the undeniable need to expose the barbarity of Isramerican militarism, the forum represents a failure of philosophy and focus that will end up doing more to foster war than prevent it. Rather than be a useful exercise in defining and articulating a coherent, rational response to oppression, the forum bears a closer resemblance to a New Age love-in, complete with utopian ideas, empty slogans and self-affirming group-think.... read more

Israel leads U.S. back to Vietnam—Part I
Mediamonitors.net (September 13, 2001)
On Sept. 11, 2001, the psychological heart of the American republic was attacked without warning. The World Trade Centre and some neighbouring buildings were reduced to rubble, and the Pentagon was turned into a tetragon. (The intended target is now thought to be the White House.)... read more

Israel leads U.S. back to Vietnam—Part II
Mediamonitors.net (October 5, 2001)
The Vietnam War wasn’t really about Vietnam, and it wasn’t really a war. It was a violent exercise in hubris and self-delusion done in the name of American honour. ... read more

U.S. goes ballistic over nuclear missile defence—again
Vancouver Courier (April 9, 2000)
The date on the Globe and Mail clipping says March 23, 2000. The subject is the U.S. testing its national nuclear missile defence system, and efforts to push Canada to get with the program. The irony of the date, though, is unmistakable. ... read more

In Serbia, the march of folly soldiers on
Vancouver Courier (April 4, 1999)
When will the United States wake up and smell its own stupidity? Did the Vietnam War teach it nothing? Even 24 years after the final helicopter carried the last Americans and pro-American Vietnamese from the rooftop of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon on April 29, 1975, the Clinton administration is acting as if the Vietnam War never happened. ...read more

U.S. will reap bitter fruit from banana war
Vancouver Courier (March 14, 1999)
When I first read this piece, I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a journalistic feature, not a piece of triumphalist brass-polishing churned out by the United States Information Agency. In his column entitled “U.S. basks in security, affluence and influence,” Andrew Cohen reports that violent crime, unemployment, traffic deaths, inflation, teenage pregnancy and welfare rolls in the U.S. are all down, some of them significantly. ...read more

Globe shows how slowly our world turns
Vancouver Courier (February 21, 1999)
Readers of the Globe and Mail are discovering that history makes fascinating news. Though this observation itself isn’t exactly news, Canada’s national newspaper is giving the importance of history added meaning. From now until the end of the year, the “millennium page”—a copy of a historical front page for each of this year’s 313 publishing dates—gives readers a snapshot of Canada and the world throughout the century. ...read more

U.S. shows that ethics belongs to the powerful
Vancouver Courier (December 20, 1998)
Every time I hear “human rights” I wince. Of all the catch-phrases that clutter our language, it’s perhaps the most abused. It’s a pat little phrase that engenders sympathy more than understanding, and for that reason it is harmful. People can profess support for its noble precepts, yet succumb to the most egregious woolly headedness. ... read more

World criminal court can’t rule out national interests
Vancouver Courier (July 19, 1998)
Every time I come across a “Free Tibet” or “Free East Timor” rally I’m reminded that international justice is at best an abstraction; in practice, a universally enforceable standard of justice doesn’t exist. If it did, Tibetans, East Timorese, Palestinians and other peoples could appeal their oppression to the United Nations Security Council or the World Court and expect their demands for justice to be heeded. ... read more

Canada’s UN investment a wasting asset
Vancouver Courier (February 15, 1998)
Over the past five decades, successive Canadian governments have put great stock in liberal internationalism. Given that this country has always had a weak national ego—and our American neighbour a dangerously overdeveloped one—investing in collective security has seemed like a reasonable way to keep out of the American shadow. ... read more

For Canada, UN peacekeeping has outlived its usefulness
Vancouver Courier (June 2, 1997):
You know the United Nations is on its last legs when the secretary-general has to go to cap-in-hand looking for money. In effect, that’s what Boutros Boutros-Ghali was doing on his recent visit to Canada. The UN’s peacekeeping mission to Haiti has run out of money and he wants Canada to extend its security commitment to that country’s fragile democracy for another six months beyond the June 30 expiry date. ...read more

Rethinking Canada’s ‘Ready, aye, Ready’ Peacekeeping
Literary Review of Canada (October, 1995)
Book Review Essay: Derek Paul ed., World Security: The New Challenge, Canadian Pugwash Group, 1994;
Arthur Andrews, Rise and Fall of a Middle Power: Canadian Diplomacy from King to Mulroney, 1993; and
J.L. Granatstein and Norman Hillmer, Empire to Umpire: Canada and the World to the 1990s, 1994 ... read more (PDF)

Putting down ‘an insurrection by ballot’
Globe and Mail (February 4, 1993)
One year ago, Algeria’s first experience with pluralistic democracy ended in failure. On January 11 1992, civilian and military leaders forced President Chadli Benjedid to resign and voided the parliamentary elections after early results showed the fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) headed for an overwhelming victory. ... read more