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Senator Chuck Schumer told a press conference yesterday that the UN presents a danger to the United States and especially New Yorkers, and demanded action by Kofi Annan and John Bolton to correct it:
The deteriorating condition of the United Nations headquarters should be a source of concern for firefighters and Turtle Bay residents who might be exposed to asbestos in the event of an emergency at the U.N., Senator Schumer said.
At a news conference yesterday, Mr. Schumer pledged to ask Secretary-General Annan and America's U.N.ambassador, John Bolton, to focus their attention on guiding to completion a plan to renovate the U.N.'s landmark building. The plan will cost an estimated $1.9 billion.
Mr. Schumer said yesterday that the long-considered renovation is an "American issue, but particularly a New York issue."
Oh, wait ... he's talking about the building? Oh. I guess the rampant sexual abuse of refugees by UN peacekeepers and the endemic bribery and corruption in the organization pales in significance next to an asbestos problem.
Schumer also says the lack of sprinkers in the building makes the building dangerous to its occupants and the firefighters who would have to respond to an emergency at Turtle Bay. The solution seems obvious. Knock the building down, and then pledge to rebuild it in the same manner that the UN pledges to enforce its Security Council resolutions. Let the diplomats meet in tents until the organization shows some spine in dealing with a real danger, such as Iran or North Korea.
That's a solution that keeps our heroes at the NYFD safe and gives the UN the respect it deserves.Sphere It View blog reactions
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If the condition of the building is really that bad, maybe we should take advantage of the opportunity and get the United Nations a new building - in another country. Let someone else foot the bill for this worthless corrupt organization for a while. [Read More]
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