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Tower of Babble: How the United Nations Has Fueled Global Chaos

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A United Nations insider exposes the ugly truth about the UN—including how UN organizations have been funding terrorist groups!

In the New York Times bestseller Tower of Babble, former United Nations ambassador Dore Gold blows the lid off the UN’s shocking failures to keep international peace, its corruption, its rampant anti-Americanism, and its emboldening of terrorist or
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Three Rivers Press (first published 2004)
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Frederick Glaysher
Dec 18, 2011 Frederick Glaysher rated it it was amazing
Tower of Babble. How the United Nations has Fueled Global Chaos. Dore Gold. Crown Forum, NY, 2004.[return][return]Half the Babbling Story…. July 12, 2006[return][return]Dore Gold tells the story of the corruption and failure of the dream of world organization and peace. Created in the aftermath of World War II, “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” the United Nations, the Allies against the fascist powers, has been infiltrated and hamstrung by despotic, racist, authoritarian ...more
Jan 30, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it
This book was my first introduction to the author and the subject matter. I knew nothing about the UN and a search for UN books to educate myself yielded Gold's Tower of Babble. The book is obviously opinionated and biased, however it's hard to deny or defend the UN's miserable record which is what Gold bases his work on.

The UN was founded with extreme moral clarity at the close of WWII to protect human rights and prevent aggression. Their record is anything but that. Gold details failure after
Michael Connolly
Dore Gold describes how the United Nations has been ineffectual in deterring aggression, because instead of punishing the aggressor, it establishes a moral equivalence between aggressor and victim. It believes that it should be neutral in conflcts. His examples include the 1947-48 invasion of India's Kashmir state by Pakistan, the 1950 invasion of Tibet by China, and the 1960s Indonesian invasion of the Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo. More recently, the United N ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Zach rated it liked it
Gold's overall point is that the UN's efforts to remain neutral and impartial have caused it to be both ineffectual in crisis and at times worse by giving legitmacy to corrupt organizations and states. As examples he points to many recent incidents from Rwanda and Bosnia noting in each case how the UN refused to either provide or allow more force to be used to prevent further violence and often esacerbated the situation by treating the situation as a conflict among equals that the UN should medi ...more
Mitchell Thompson
Feb 23, 2014 Mitchell Thompson rated it liked it
A bit more opinionated and biased than I'd like yet one cannot, however deny the miserable record of the UN since it's inception.

Initially founded with good intentions and moral clarity just after the world caught a glimpse of mankind's ability for mass murder, the UN has failed to operate in accordance with it's charter.

The UN is the probably the closest example we have today of a world government and this text certainly lays out in clear view that such a body of power is not the utopia.
What about Bush Multinationals?: This is an outing of the weakness of the UN, but what about the one world government being created by the Multinationals who are taking American's sovereignty away? This mad rush towards Globalism pushed on by the Bush Neocons, and his corportate crony insiders, should be of even more concern. Compared to them, the UN is impotent.
Babak Fakhamzadeh
Sep 11, 2012 Babak Fakhamzadeh rated it did not like it
Shelves: current-affairs
The author, ambassador to the UN for Israel from 1997 to 1999, penned down so much crap in the first two pages alone that I couldn't get any further. The -least- of which was his claim that George W. Bush is, in fact, the torch bearer of the original intention and vision of the United Nations. I couldn't take it.
A very nice compendium of damning facts. For those unaware of the collected information, this book can be quite the eye-opender. For those who are, this book can serve as excellent reference. For those who don't care, and still think the UN holds any value to mankind, a pox on you. Gold offers something of a solution to the problem that is the UN, but honestly, it's quite grim.
UN is even more disjointed than you'd imagine.
David sun
Jun 07, 2007 David sun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: international studies
The U.N cannot be trusted.
Oct 17, 2009 Ian rated it liked it
Great material in a meaningful indictment of a body fundamentally opposed to liberal democracy, moral certainty and ultimately, freedom. Not particularly well-written, its still a worthwhile read.
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