President Bush and British prime minister Tony Blair are proposing a “vital” role for the United Nations in delivering “humanitarian” assistance to the Iraqis. Big mistake. The United Nations, which opposed the war, should not be invited to participate now that the war is over and thus be granted a legitimacy it does not deserve.

The United Nations, let’s not forget, is the playpen of Russia, China, France and a host of other countries that actively oppose the United States at every turn. The United Nations opposition to the war against the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein showed it is not a “humanitarian” organization, and the United States should not let it pretend otherwise by letting it deliver food packages–paid for mostly by American money–to hungry Iraqis. Just as we didn’t need the United Nations to prosecute this war we don’t need it to deliver assistance. Let FedEx do the job.

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