September 23, 2004
President Bush's speech to the United Nations general assembly on Tuesday again focused on Good vs. Evil and the necessity of fighting terrorism before it overwhelms free people.
It was also a contrast between his position and the "come let us reason together" approach by his opponent who believes that reluctant allies and the U.N can be persuaded to help fight this war.
They have regularly failed to do so in the past and there are no signs they have received a spine transplant.
The president connected terrorism that killed Russian school children with terrorism in the Sudan which is engaged in a genocidal war against its Christian population with little U.N. involvement.
He also tied in 9/11 and presented a seamless pattern of evil that must be fought effectively and now by all free nations if freedom is to prevail.
The usual suspects, from the New York Times, to Senator John Kerry, called the speech arrogant and a lost opportunity.
But the president simply called for the U.N. to live up to its own charter and its universal declaration of human rights.
Is that too much to ask?
Apparently it is, for some.
I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.