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Far from fulfilling its founding mandate to stop aggression and protect human rights, the U.N. "makes matters worse," argues Gold (Hatreds Kingdom), Israels U.N. ambassador from 1997 to 1999. In this vigorous if one-sided polemic, Gold contends that the U.N. has proved unable to forestall or resolve international conflicts: its peacekeeping forces allowed genocide to proceed in Rwanda and Bosnia; it has failed to curb terrorism and nuclear proliferation; and it has allowed the General Assembly to become a forum for the anti-Western demagoguery of authoritarian regimes. The U.N.s rigid stance of "impartiality" leads it to accord "moral equivalence" to every party, no matter how stark the contrast between aggressors and victimsa lack of "moral clarity" that Gold finds particularly galling when the U.N. has criticized or obstructed Israel or the U.S. Gold covers many of the salient international crises, from the U.N.s founding to the current war in Iraq, paying special attention to the Arab-Israeli conflict. His indictment is sometimes telling and sometimes tendentious. His criticism of the U.N. inspection programs and sanctions against Iraq, for example, obscures the fact that they succeeded in disarming Saddam. And his assumption that moral clarity alone should be sufficient to unite the worlds democracies behind American leadership will strike some as willfully naïve. Photos.
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“Bound to be one of the most controversial critiques in the public debate on the UN.” —Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State
“An exceptionally valuable and timely book . . . Shocking . . . Gold brings us face to face with the reality that, even with the passing of the Soviet Union, the UN’s moral failings have not much diminished.” —Commentary
“Most conservatives, of course, realize by now that abolishing, or withdrawing from, the United Nations is never going to happen. Instead, they’re seeking to bring it to heel. The strategy is outlined by former Israeli ambassador to the UN Dore Gold in his book Tower of Babble.” —Los Angeles Times
“Dore Gold’s excellent book Tower of Babble documents the UN’s shortcomings.” —New York Sun
lots of anecdotes. this writer was an ambassador to the united nations and he writes informatively and entertainingly about his experiences. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Nitzberg
Mr. Gold opens in his book interesting sights of the rotten part of some UN apparatuses. Anyone should feel anger and dismay in front of such UN bodies wich are very expensive,... Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Gilbert Sebbag
"Know thy enemy" as the saying goes, so i decided to read some critical books about the UN. It was not worth it. Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Akos Szederjei
The book exposes the United Nations for what it is, Nothing. Nothing but A playground for Leftists, Communists and all of the Bottom dwellers of society. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Jose Lopez
Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.N., writes a revealing account of U.N. incompetence, corruption and lack of judgement. The U.N. Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by Michael Mandaville
Dore Gold has boldly stated what many people have quietly discussed for years. Tower of Babble is impossible to put down and will be impossible to forget. Read morePublished on November 10, 2007 by Leah K. Diamond
The author, after making an earth-shaking exposure of the corruption and greedy deeds of these evil organization, ends up with a tepid note of hope. It just doesn't make any sense. Read morePublished on July 17, 2007 by Buenoslibros.es
In the introduction, the author shows that at least once in its existence the United Nations served the purpose it was created for. Read morePublished on May 13, 2006 by Peter Uys
This is an outing of the weakness of the UN, but what about the one world government being created by the Multinationals who are taking American's sovereignty away? Read morePublished on February 6, 2006 by Kat Richard