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Mil­lions of Amer­i­can boys have dreamed of hit­ting a grand slam homer or pitch­ing a no-hit­ter in Yan­kee Sta­dium be­cause base­ball’s great­est have per­formed there. Tal­ented mu­si­cians and singers as­pire to New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, for they know it rep­re­sents the pin­na­cle of their pro­fes­sion. For gifted physi­cians and med­i­cal re­searchers, the Mount Ever­est of medicine is the Mayo Clinic.

But cer­tain in­sti­tu­tions can also bring out the worst in peo­ple. For the pro­fes­sional ped­dlers of anti-Amer­i­can­ism, haters of free en­ter­prise, and true be­liev­ers in global gov­ern­ment, there is only one place that it re­ally pays to per­form: the United Na­tions.

The U.N. head­quar­ters build­ing in Man­hat­tan has be­come the venue of choice for “diplo­mats” and for­eign leaders to con­demn Amer­ica, our val­ues and virtues. Since the 1960s, star billing has been promised to any dic­ta­tor or despot who will take to this “world stage” for the pur­pose of den­i­grat­ing the United States and our bounty, wealth and power. When they show up for the an­nual meet­ing of the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly, it is guar­an­teed that their hor­ri­ble ha­rangues will be broad­cast all around the planet.

Soviet tyrant Nikita Khr­uschchev was one of the first to grasp this op­por­tu­nity and did so re­peat­edly. Since then, to­tal­i­tar­i­ans Fidel Cas­tro, Yasser Arafat, Robert Mu­gabe, Daniel Ortega, Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad, Idi Amin and Hugo Chavez have used the U.N.’s bully pul­pit to de­nounce the United States. Next week’s gath­er­ing of the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly (UNGA) prom­ises more of the same.

Just to make sure no one has any doubts as to how things will go in the days ahead, the mem­bers of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly se­lected Miguel d’Es­coto — a prom­i­nent Amer­ica-hater — as their pres­i­dent. When the 63rd UNGA con­vened on Sept. 23, Mr. d’Es­coto “mod­er­ated” this year’s as­saults on the United States.

For those too young to re­mem­ber the portly Mr. d’Es­coto, he was one of the orig­i­nal founders of the com­mu­nist-in­spired San­din­ista move­ment that seized con­trol of Nicaragua in 1979. His U.N.-pub­lished bi­og­ra­phy proudly pro­claims that he “spear­headed the Nicaraguan Gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion, in 1984, to bring to the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice a claim against the United States for sup­port­ing mil­i­tary and para­mil­i­tary ac­tions against the coun­try, with the court sub­se­quently rul­ing in fa­vor of Nicaragua.”

Notably, the bio makes no men­tion of Mr. d’Es­coto, a Mary­knoll priest, be­ing pub­licly rep­ri­manded by Pope John Paul II dur­ing his 1983 visit to Managua. Nor does Mr. d’Es­coto‘s re­sume re­flect his ten­ure as a paid as­set of the Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency in Chile. Ap­par­ently, the U.S.-haters at the U.N. just missed th­ese facts.

None of this has de­terred the utopian Mr. d’Es­coto from serv­ing as the “warm-up-act” for this year’s Bash Amer­ica Fest in the Big Ap­ple. The vis­i­bly well-fed Mr. d’Es­coto has al­ready an­nounced that this UNGA ses­sion should “go down in his­tory as the ‘As­sem­bly of Frank­ness’ for the sake of world peace and the eradication of poverty and hunger from the Earth.”

Mr. d’Es­coto has pre­vi­ously re­ferred to Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan as a “butcher,” called Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush a “liar” and now prom­ises that un­der his lead­er­ship the UNGA will re­dress the “sad but un­de­ni­able fact that se­ri­ous breaches of the peace and threats to in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity are be­ing per­pe­trated by some mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that seem un­able to break what ap­pears like an ad­dic­tion to war.”

All this is but pre­am­ble to what we can ex­pect to hear from the likes of Iran’s Mr. Ah­madine­jad and Venezuela’s Mr. Chavez. Both “leaders” will be there rep­re­sent­ing states that have been ac­cused of sup­port­ing ter­ror­ism, drug-run­ning, hu­man-rights abuses and in the case of Tehran — pur­su­ing a clan­des­tine nu­clear weapons pro­gram. Yet, Mr. d’Es­coto claims, “No State should ap­pro­pri­ate the right to de­cide on its own which States are ter­ror­ists, or spon­sors of ter­ror­ism, and which are not. Less still should States that are guilty of wars of ag­gres­sion, the worst form of ter­ror­ism imag­in­able, pre­sume to ar­ro­gate that right unto them­selves, and fur­ther, to uni­lat­er­ally take action against those it has stig­ma­tized.”

When he goes be­fore this au­gust body, Pres­i­dent Bush needs to en­cour­age Mr. d’Es­coto — and the en­tire Blame Amer­ica First crowd gath­ered in the Gen­eral As­sem­bly — to read Ar­ti­cle 51 of the U.N. Char­ter: “Noth­ing in the present Char­ter shall im­pair the in­her­ent right of in­di­vid­ual or col­lec­tive self-de­fense if an armed at­tack oc­curs against a Mem­ber of the United Na­tions, un­til the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil has taken mea­sures nec­es­sary to main­tain in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity.”

Oliver North is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist, the host of “War Sto­ries” on the Fox News Chan­nel, and the founder and honorary chair­man of Free­dom Al­liance.

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