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More Nuthouse at the U.N.
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
25 February 2003

Iraq is coming up for presidency of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament.

It's on the calendar. Iraq will chair the UN Conference on Disarmament!

When spring is sprung, Baghdad will wear the president's hat for this UN baptized body, according to WorldNet Daily.

Can Murphy's Law work any more efficiently than that?

So who should know better how to hide what's there than Iraq? Therefore, who should know better how to find the fakers than Iraq?

They know how to hide, stash, cover-up, lie, kill and cheat. Consequently, doesn't a thief know a thief? A murderer a murderer? A liar a liar? Sure thing.

Consequently, the world should obviously be a much safer place when Iraq sets itself loose to guide the world community in exposing the weaponry freaks who scheme to blow up the planet.

The rule is set for a month. That's the way the schedule was put in place in 1979.

That particular UN conference was brought into being because of the UN General Assembly's first Special Session on Disarmament in 1978. So, with the givens given, Baghdad will climb into the coveted chair starting at the close of May. It's a rotating schedule for the 75 member nations. The chairman bobs up according to alphabetical order. So there. Neutral does it.

And what will the Iraqi power push have under his button when seated upon that chair? He will "organize and work and set the agenda." Got it?

The fact that Iraq is presently under legitimate suspicion for hiding weaponry which could yield global havoc does not matter. When it's time for Iraq to be president, Iraq will be president.

Further, just to make matters more cozy, Iraq will share the privileges with none other than Iran.

Israel and Ireland will follow up from July 20-September 10.

So what all does the conference president do when seated upon that chair? He will "in full consultation with the conference and under its authority, represent it and its relations with the states, with the General Assembly and other organs of the Untied Nations and with other international organizations."

Of course there is concern as to what Iraq actually will try to bring off when president of that UN body.

In the meantime, UN General Secretary Kofi Annan is trying to up the status and significance of the disarmament component. Recently, at the 25th anniversary of its creation, Annan stressed underlining the concept that if the disarmament conference functions the way it was intended, it will deal with all major items relating to disarmament and not be merely a talk-out of hot air.

He stated: "This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first Special Session of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament, and the 25th session of the Conference on Disarmament. This is a significant milestone, but it is not an excuse for complacency.

"International peace and security continue to face profound challenges in the form of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery vehicles, rising military expenditures, the prospect of an arms race in outer space, and the continual development of new weapons systems.

"I hope, therefore, that 2003 will mark a turning point in the history of this Conference, a time to reinvigorate the sense of purpose in arms limitation and disarmament efforts that were shaped 25 years ago."

How interesting then that Anna let Iraq slide off his remarks sheet when referring to "setbacks" to disarmament; instead, he pointed out North Korea's withdrawal from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

So with that, what gives with the omission of Iraq?

Evidently things are going from bad to nuthouse worse at the UN. Several days ago Libya was chosen to chair the UN Commission on Human Rights.

And now Iraq is coming up for presidency of the UN Conference on Disarmament.

Now that brings up another pertinent question: Is there life on other planets and, if so, how can one get there—like before spring?

 

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BIO

Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME

Graduate of accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.

Married for 41 years with 3 adult children.

Author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic
magazines, journals and newspapers. Writer of weekly religion column for
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.

Hobbies: Traveling to South America, Europe, Middle East, Canada; writing;
watercolor painting; meeting new friends.

Current occupations: Pastor; Teacher at Alternative Learning School for
at-risk youths.

Pastorates: Calgary, Alberta; Indianapolis IN; Akron OH; Fishkill NY;
Manchester CT; Walpole MA; Windham ME.

Winner of First Prize Writing Contest which yielded a three-week guided tour
of the Middle East.

Columnist for websites: MensNewsDaily.com, IntellectualConservative.com, MichNews.com,
Chalcedon.com, rePUNK.com, ConservativeTruth.com, FreeRepublic.com (USO Canteen Chapel link), WoundedShepherds.com (Insights link).