Bonfire of the Liberties

by William Norman Grigg


Mass politicical murder is carried out through standing armies and police forces in other words, the very people to whom the UN wishes to give a monopoly on firearms

Shortly after Cambodia fell into the hands of the Khmer Rouge, soldiers were dispatched to the countryside to disarm the populace. "We are here now to protect you, and no one has a need for a weapon any more," one survivor of the Cambodian holocaust recalled in the January 24, 1994 issue of The New Yorker. The account described how "everyone who had a weapon ... handed over [their] rifles and pistols and ammunition, which the soldiers tossed on a pile" and disposed of. In short order the rulers of what R.J. Rummel calls the "Cambodian Hell State" were stacking skulls in piles as they slaughtered one-third of the disarmed population.

The new United Nations propaganda film Armed to the Teeth: The World-Wide Plague of Small Arms proudly depicts UN "peacekeepers" carrying out the same type of civilian disarmament that was the overture to the Cambodian holocaust. One UN official is displayed on screen asking a group of Albanian peasants: "You've delivered all the arms, now? No more arms in this village?" UN officials, in the company of army officers and police, are shown conducting a propaganda session for the village's schoolchildren. Each student is given an anti-gun t-shirt and a lecture about disarmament. As a "symbolic act of disarmament," seized weapons are stacked in a pile and burned in the local public square. Symbolically setting collected firearms ablaze call it the "Bonfire of the Liberties" has become a familiar ritual in UN civilian disarmament campaigns. "On a memorable night in Timbuktu, the flames of peace consumed 3,000 rifles," intones the film's narrator. In Mozambique, collected arms are dynamited; elsewhere, "peacekeepers" cut confiscated weapons into scrap or melt them into slag.

For more than a decade, THE NEW AMERICAN has repeatedly warned that the UN's oft-repeated intention to pursue "general and complete disarmament" includes universal civilian disarmament; Armed to the Teeth validates those warnings in remarkable detail.

"For its first fifty years, the United Nations focused its disarmament efforts on addressing the proliferation of nuclear weapons," observes the narrator. The world body is now focusing its efforts on what it calls the global "small arms crisis" meaning the possession of firearms by civilians. The propaganda film unambiguously defines "legal" weapons as those "used by armies and police forces to protect us." Civilian-owned weapons, by way of contrast, are supposedly "illegitimate" and "bring insecurity, pain, suffering and devastation."

Only through a global crackdown on civilian arms ownership and the empowerment of the UN, insists the narrator, "can genocide as happened in Rwanda be prevented." But mass political murder is carried out through standing armies and nationalized police forces in other words, the very people to whom the UN wishes to give a monopoly on firearms. The genocidal state in Rwanda occupied a seat on the UN Security Council, and Kofi Annan then head of the peacekeeping division, now secretary-general prevented UN "peacekeepers" from taking timely steps to prevent the slaughter.

The video shows American schoolchildren participating in a UN-approved indoctrination session, where they are trained to evangelize on behalf of civilian disarmament. "Stop selling guns," one young boy declares to the interviewer. "Only policemen should have guns." "I would just stop making guns all of a sudden and then just have the government prohibit guns from everybody," adds a young girl. Part of the indoctrination involves the recitation of a pledge "never to touch a weapon."

Cultivating an aversive response to firearms is a prime objective of the UN's global civilian disarmament campaign. The video repeatedly indulges in the pathetic fallacy that inanimate objects display human traits by depicting firearms as possessed of independent, malevolent intent. "Small arms are not fussy about the company they keep. They can murder indiscriminately," insists the narrator. "The gun that killed in Africa can do it again in Latin America, or in Asia .... Humankind is beginning a new millennium under the sign of the gun. Small arms are like uninvited guests who won't leave. Once they take over a country, they are virtually impossible to get rid of."

To rid the world of this supposed pestilence, the UN urges the destruction of "illegal guns and regulating the production and sale of legal weapons" (remember that "legal," as defined by the UN, means government-controlled) on a global basis. New global civilian disarmament protocols will be discussed at the UN's "Conference on Illicit Trade In Small Arms and Light Weapons," which will be held in June and July of this year.

Behind the UN's enthusiasm for civilian disarmament, as practiced in Communist Cambodia and elsewhere, is an affinity for totalitarian bloodshed as also practiced in those same unhappy countries. In their book Murder of a Gentle Land, John Barron and Anthony Paul recall that when Khmer Rouge official Ieng Sary, who boasted: "We have cleansed the cities," appeared before the General Assembly, he was greeted with an enthusiastic ovation.




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