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Force Recon

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#1 13 years ago

Chavez Takes Bush to Task Over Iraq War, Suggesting UN to Leave US, Gaining Loudest Applause in Summit

Arab News, Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS, 17 September 2005 —

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez took President Bush to task in front of a global summit for waging war in Iraq without UN consent and won rousing applause for his critique.

The leftist leader told a UN summit on Thursday that fighting the war without UN authorization showed Washington did not respect the world body. He recommended moving UN headquarters to a country that has more regard for the organization.

“There were never weapons of mass destruction but Iraq was bombed, and over UN objections, (it was) occupied and continues being occupied,” Chavez said. Bush alleged that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction but none have been found, shattering one of his main arguments for going to war.

“That’s why we propose to this assembly that the United Nations leave this country, which is not respectful of the very resolutions of this assembly,” Chavez said.

Chavez, a close ally of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, suggested moving UN headquarters from New York to an international city “outside the sovereignty of any state” and said some have mentioned Jerusalem as one possibility.

But the Venezuelan leader said the new headquarters has to be in the South, home to most developing countries.

Bush was not in the audience when Chavez spoke to the world representatives. But the US president did address the summit’s opening session on Wednesday morning, then returned to Washington later that day.

World leaders at the summit had been asked to speak for five minutes but Chavez ran long and when the presiding diplomat passed him a note saying his time was up, he threw it on the floor. He said if Bush could speak for 20 minutes, so could he.

When he finally stopped, he got what observers said was the loudest applause of the summit.

Relations between Chavez and Washington have become increasingly strained, though the United States remains the top buyer of Venezuelan oil.

Chavez repeatedly has accused the US government of backing plots against him, and recently alleged Washington was preparing to invade his country.

American religious broadcaster Pat Robertson recently suggested the United States assassinate Chavez because he poses a threat. Chavez responded that Robertson had clearly “expressed the wish of the elite that govern the United States.” Robertson has since apologized.

Is this true? Edit~I asked this coz I found this in an Arabic website.

Anyways what's really coming oput of this summit?All I heard is Bush threatening Iran and some leaders speaking about tackling terrorism.




Nemmerle Forum Mod

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#2 13 years ago
Lord AbrarurIs this true?

What he said or whether he said it? Mostly it's true, apart from the spin of course but you get that with most things.




Krieg der Sterne

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#3 13 years ago

Chavez also claims that the U.S. is going to invade Venezuela. http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/americas/09/16/chavez.ap/index.html




JP(NL)

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#4 13 years ago

pfff, doubt Bush could fool the public to go wage another pointless war. oh wait, I can see it now.. "Chavez is a very bad man and.. and... he's catholic and he's not white. So let's invade Venezuela, because the links to Al Quada are obvious."




Mast3rofPuppets VIP Member

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#5 13 years ago

Haha the guy is nuts.

IMO all countries that are violating UN sanctions should get kicked out of the UN.




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#6 13 years ago

Who cares if its true or not. They won't dare to change the UN capital because as of right now, the US is supplying 50% of the UN budget. The UN budget is small anyway, smaller than the budget for the US firefighters. So without that the UN is nothing, although they aren't doing much anyway. They use words to solve problems, and we all know words don't work in most situations.

IMO all countries that are violating UN sanctions should get kicked out of the UN.

And who will fill in the budget gap, IMO Sweden?




Relander

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#7 13 years ago
Decebalusthe US is supplying 50% of the UN budget

Not true, the actual figure is 22 % of UN's Budget, still significant.

So without that the UN is nothing, although they aren't doing much anyway. They use words to solve problems, and we all know words don't work in most situations.

That much you know about what the UN is doing? How about many UN peacekeeping missions in the world like in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Eritrea, Côte d'Ivoire, East Timor, Haiti, Burundi to name few. How about the vast humanitarian, social, enviromental and even cultural work by UN through its organizations like UNHCR, UNESCO, UNDP, UNEP, ILO etc?

It's really hard to use more the other things than words as the UN is international organization with 191 member states which all have their own views on world issues.

P.S. Kicking the USA out from UN isn't a real option.




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#8 13 years ago
Decebalus And who will fill in the budget gap, IMO Sweden?

Since when is USA beeing sanctioned by the UN?




Blood n Guts

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#9 13 years ago
DecebalusSo without that the UN is nothing, although they aren't doing much anyway. They use words to solve problems, and we all know words don't work in most situations.

The UN may be inefficient in the area of military action, but it has been, and still is, a resounding success in terms of humanitarian aid.




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#10 13 years ago

As with everything, we never hear about small good things happening. We will never know how many wars the UN prevented, how many millions of people it saved and how many it will save in the future. The simple presence of the UN, effective or not, is a huge step forward in international affairs. It brings nations together and makes diplomatic dealings much easier. The UN is not a military organisation, if anything, it is there to stop wars and agressions at all costs.