The Guardian 16 March, 2005

"Armageddon" Bolton
disembarks at the United Nations

Jean-Guy Allard

Whilst pushing for a new anti-Cuba resolution at the UN's Human Rights Commission, the US government has appointed as ambassador to the international organisation an individual who took part in the dirty war on Nicaragua, defended the fascist regime of Augusto Pinochet and opposed the United States being submitted to an International Criminal Court.

No one in George W Bush's White House thought to consider that John Bolton, a critic of the United Nations itself and "heir" to Senator Jesse Helms, may not be the ideal person to occupy such a post or that it may be considered a lack of respect for this international assembly. However, these were the opinions of dozens of diplomats at the New York headquarters of the institution on hearing the news.

Bolton is one of the most open critics of the United Nations and author of the quote, "if the UN building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference". From his post as undersecretary of State, he publicly attacked Kofi Annan when the UN Secretary General announced his desire to limit armed conflicts and establish the supremacy of UN forces. With respect to the financial debts owed by the United States to the international organisation, he proposed the withdrawal of US contributions.

Helms comment in January 2001 concerning John Bolton makes one shudder if we consider that this individual will occupy Washington's seat at the UN headquarters: "John Bolton is the kind of man with whom I would want to stand at Armageddon, if it should be my lot to be on hand for what is forecast to be the final battle between good and evil in this world."

A lawyer educated at Yale University — like many illustrious representatives of the US extreme right — Bolton has occupied important posts in the administrations of Reagan and Bush Sr.

Along with Daniel Fisk, Bolton (then the Assistant Attorney General) was part of a team used to attack the Sandanista Revolution in Nicaragua when Otto Reich was working to conceal the drug-trafficking activities of CIA operative Félix Rodríguez and his right-hand man, international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles.

Thanks to the protection of the judicial system, Reich and his men were never brought before the courts for the crimes they committed.

With Otto Reich, Bolton has never wasted an opportunity to work in support of the Cuban-American mafia and their misinformation campaigns against Cuba, alleging that the island possessed WMDs and had developed a biological weapons program that it had handed it over to other states, something that was even denied by Donald Rumsfeld himself.

An expert at the Heritage Foundation, he actively helped this neo-fascist organisation to penetrate the US government where it applies its hegemonic theories. A critic of international treaties, he criticised UN peace-keeping missions but applauded the bombing of Serbia.


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