Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Zel Miller on the U.N. 

Democratic Georgia Senator Zel Miller, who today announced that he will be leading a "Democrats For Bush" organization, also criticized John Kerry on a number of issues. One of his criticisms had to do with Kerry's position on Iraq. The following is from an AP article by Jeffrey McMurray:

Miller also criticized Kerry's view that more diplomatic channels should have been explored through the United Nations before moving almost unilaterally.

"I cannot imagine the great Democratic Party leaders of past generations waiting with their hands in their pockets while a bunch of dithering diplomats decided the future of the world," Miller said. "That is the worst kind of indecisiveness. That is the wrong kind of leadership at this critical moment in our history."

I had to reread that quote several times to make sure I wasn't misunderstanding it. Nope. Zel Miller doesn't feel that the U.N. is the appropriate body for debating and making decisions which are international/global in nature. That is the exactly what the U.N. is there for, and as it was intended to be by those Democratic Party leaders of past generations who were so involved in its creation and continued existence.

From the U.N. Charter:

to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours, and

to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and

to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest...

I've gone to the Bush-Cheney campaign site to read the full text of Miller's speech. There's just too much in there for me to even begin... I'm just incredibly happy that Senator Miller will be retiring next year. Hopefully his world view will be retired from popular thought as well.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 4:57 PM