Ed over at The Captain’s Quarters has noted a little steam coming out of the ears of the “one-world” crowd. Apparently, the problem is that while being very generous indeed toward the goal of helping the stricken, the President has opted to, in large measure, bypass the ocrrupted United Nations. He quotes an article posted to The Scottsman today in which British minister Clare Short says, in part:

“The president has announced that the US, Japan, India and Australia would coordinate the world’s response.
But former International Development Secretary Clare Short said that role should be left to the UN.

“I think this initiative from America to set up four countries claiming to coordinate sounds like yet another attempt to undermine the UN when it is the best system we have got and the one that needs building up,” she said.

“Only really the UN can do that job,” she told BBC Radio Four’s PM programme.

“It is the only body that has the moral authority. But it can only do it well if it is backed up by the authority of the great powers.”

And Ed, in a model of restraint, says:

“Short’s anti-American bias shines through in this ludicrous and blatantly stupid assertion. The notion that the UN has any moral authority, let alone be the sole sanctuary of it, should have been universally dismissed in the Oil-For-Food corruption that Kofi Annan has tried to cover up all year. As I recall, that also started as a massive relief fund for victims of the UN’s unwillingness to give Saddam the boot instead of starving the Iraqi people to death. The Sole Bastion Of Moral Authority managed to put billions of dollars into Saddam’s pockets while enriching the member-states that made sure no one unseated Saddam. “

Correct, Ed, and well put.

It was actually NZ Bear’s breakout of this that first caught my eye.

And just in case you’re unaware, The Bear is no conservative…. not by ANY stretch.

Given the corruption in the UN, the president is doing the right thing, here. Thus are efforts to compare the already over-generous giving to the UN against other countries… whose only response is to write the UN a check and bend over, made irrelivant.

Bravo, President Bush. Well done.