Saturday, September 17, 2005

Bush hits the U.N... again

Guess who's back in the U.N. Jackpot! It's the President, and proud to be back, it would seem. It is sometimes relieving for someone to leave huge problems behind, only to face lighter ones, so I can't blame him. Kathrina was a big pain in the neck for every bureaucrat in Washington, and official too, so the best way was the Assembly General to "forget those problems", so to say.

But this is more than a "toccata e fuga" in the U.N. and Bush knows that very well. During Kathrina's aftermath he said "We can deal with problems at home while we still deal with problems abroad". And an Assembly General is quite a problem, in the sense that organization and being there with something to say (not like the Spanish PM) is a matter of importance. Vital importance.

Bush's aim now is to show that he cares. He cares about the U.N., but recognizes it needs a reform. Cares about the poor countries, and says (and that's a key belief in the so called "neo-liberal" line of thought) that it will eliminate taxes and subsidies if other do. Now, let's focus on the practical side: Europe, Japan and The U.S concentrate 2/3 of Worldwide commerce. If the European Union its CAP, so will do America. If The European Union drops its taxes to incoming american products, so will america with the europeans.

Now, considering most of complaints in the World Trade Organization involve The US and the EU, it is for the best. Where do the poor people stand? In between. The liberals believe that their best achievement is agriculture specialization, to leave industry and services to the US and EU. Considering that, with taxes, those countries don't sell us nothing, to get them out of the way is the solution. Exportation will be profitable again for countries like Ivory Coast.

As long as it was proper, a country who has the same ethnic variety as any of its neighbours lived in peace. When Cocoa selling was not profitable, the country stood up for 30 years (astonishing), but now it's being teared apart by a civil war.

I bet Bush's right. Get rid of commercial roadblocks, and we won't need another war in Iraq, and wars in the 3rd world will diminish dramatically.

We'll talk again of the U.N. and Bush's sudden love for it. It's always worth of mention, is it not?

Miguel Vinuesa

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