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Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos Paperback – October 25, 2005
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“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
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Mr. Gold's grand narrative of failure begins in the beginning and ends in the end. His indictment of the United Nations comes even before the Cold War supposedly paralyzed it (the initial tests, writes Mr. Gold, were the first Arab-Israeli War and the first war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir) and lasts until the UN's failure to deal with Saddam Hussein, terrorism and WMD. In between are failures to deal with aggression, either across states or within them.
What is refreshing is that Mr. Gold has refrained from simply barraging the UN with its failures. Rather, he has identified certain trends that explain why the UN fails either when expressing the collective will of its members or when acting with its own mind. For Mr. Gold, the primary failure of the UN is its lost moral clarity; the UN founding fathers set up a system where evil existed and ought to be resisted. From the beginning, however, this clarity subsided-there are no aggressors and victims for the UN, writes Mr. Gold, just "warring parties"; and there is no cause and effect, just a "cycles of violence." This happens to avoid compromising the UN's most cherished ideal: impartiality. Even if it means standing idle to aggression, standing by evil.Read more ›
The Author, Mr. Dore Gold, served as an ambassador to the United Nations (UN) representing the State of Israel from 1997 through 1999. This professional association has allowed Mr. Gold to be an eyewitness to the flaws and failures of the UN, which are at once eroding and challenging the original concept of human dignity and freedom from oppression, upon which the UN was founded.
From the ashes of the League of Nations which failed to maintain peace and deter tyrants, as evidenced with the horrors of the Nazi regime; the ennobling concept of the UN was envisioned.
Established at the conclusion of World War II, the mandate of the UN was to prevent despotism, maintain individual human rights, and strive for universal peace.
The "four policemen" of the world: the USA, China, Russia, and Great Britain, were to be the backbone of the UN. In time, as other nations were admitted, the erosion of moral clarity in the UN became prevalent.
The "Tower of Babbel" demonstrates through historical record how the UN repeatedly failed to liberate the oppressed. As despotic regimes were admitted, the emphasis on the rights of the individual over the state subtly shifted to the rights of the state over the individual.
An organization created to prevent oppression devolved into a defender of oppressive groups and countries, almost from its infancy. The first two major tests of the moral authority of the UN proved abject failures when the UN refused to do anything to prevent the outbreak of the first Arab-Israeli war, as well as a conflict between India and Pakistan around the same time.Read more ›
Aside from the case studies Gold outlines the fundamental moral and ideological failings of the organization. He shows how it tends to side with aggressors, with anti- democratic regimes, with totalitarian tyrannies. He shows how the US has repeatedly been forced to bypass the UN in order to forward its own efforts at democracy. The exception to this was the first Gulf War when President Bush did forge a UN backed coalition against Saddam.Read more ›
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lots of anecdotes. this writer was an ambassador to the united nations and he writes informatively and entertainingly about his experiences. Read morePublished 7 months 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