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August 19, 2005

NY Sun: 'Bolton's Back!'

Topics: International News

It was a sharp-eyed foreign correspondent of the New York Times, James Bennet, who, in a dispatch issued August 15, first reported that the banner with the threat to Jerusalem had a tag line saying it had been paid for by the U.N. Development Program. This was spotted in Mr. Bennet's dispatch by Marc Stern of the American Jewish Congress, which wrote to the United Nations. It was the AJC's director of international affairs, David Twersky, who recognized the news implications of the UNDP's blunder and who, though he is a contributing editor of The New York Sun, rushed out a press release to all papers at the same time. Fox News put the story on the air. It was a source at the United Nations who brought the matter to the attention of the Sun, which put the story on its front page, igniting the Web logs and proving, once again, the adage, "It's not a scoop until it's played like a scoop."

The man who rose to political and policy fame by leading the effort to repeal the U.N. resolution equating Zionism and racism was met upon his return to Turtle Bay by the disclosure, pressed by an enterprising American Jewish Congress, that the world body has been siphoning the taxpayers' money into funding Palestinian Arab propaganda designed, in connection with Israel's disengagement from Gaza, to incite Palestinian ambitions to go on to take Jerusalem.

(...) The anti-Israel propaganda - which included a banner bearing the slogan "Today Gaza, Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem" - was underwritten by the United Nations Development Program, which has been headed in recent years by Mark Malloch Brown, who is now chief of staff to Secretary-General Annan.

The UNDP reacted to the expose with a letter from its new administrator, Kemal Dervis, back to the American Jewish Congress, saying that it was "not at all acceptable" that the agency's logo was placed on the propaganda. "We cannot be involved in political messaging," Mr. Dervis wrote.

In Bolton fashion, and recognizing a dodge when he saw it, Bolton let the UNDP know that the most serious problem for his office was not the logo, but the fact that the agency supported that message with its checkbook in the first place. "In other words, it's not the form but the substance."

Catch the rest of this "it's about time" editorial...

Hat tip - Powerline

Posted by Richard at August 19, 2005 9:07 AM

Looks like we should have hit Iran first! scarey stuff this is.

Posted by: Fred at August 20, 2005 6:22 PM

Sounds like the Hojjatieh are like our own messianic Christians, whats the big deal?

Posted by: Melody Campbell at August 21, 2005 7:18 AM

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