- The Washington Times - Friday, August 19, 2005

Nobles: The U.S. Navy, for building a transport from the wreckage of the World Trade Center.

“From rubble to avenging angel,” begins a Stars and Stripes report on how the Navy will use steel from the World Trade Center to build the USS New York. It might sound as if the Navy is planning on building an aircraft carrier or battleship, which would be nice but isn’t true.

When it is commissioned in 2008, the USS New York will be a San Antonio Class amphibious transport dock ship, which is part of the Navy’s new line of amphibious craft. The primary purpose of these ships is to provide support for a Marine Corps landing operation by deploying helicopters, landing craft and amphibious vehicles. In other words, the USS New York, while not pounding enemy positions from the sea, will be instrumental in an amphibious invasion.

Of course her name is no accident. At the naming ceremony in 2002, New York Gov. George Pataki said that the “USS New York will ensure that all New Yorkers and the world will never forget the evil attacks of September 11.” For the victims and their families, said Patrick Cartier Sr., who lost his son in the South Tower, “it would be almost a resurrection.”

For honoring the fallen with a boat that bears their memory, the Navy is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: The U.N. Development Program, for funding anti-Israeli propaganda.

First pop singer Ricky Martin, now the United Nations. It seems that no one can believe that their good intentions would ever be exploited by the Palestinian Authority. For the UNDP, which was providing financial support to the PA, that means U.N. dollars were being used in the production of banners, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and T-shirts bearing the slogan “Today Gaza, Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem.” The money was originally intended to help the PA “communicate with Palestinian Arabs during Israel’s evacuation of Jewish settlers from Gaza,” reports the New York Sun. So much for good intentions.

Of course the reaction from the United Nations was less than satisfactory. The slogan is “consistent with the relevant U.N. resolutions and Security Council resolutions about the status of Palestine,” said the head of the U.N. Palestinian program.

We’ll leave it to newly arrived U.N. ambassador John Bolton to explain why items bearing the U.N. stamp of approval give legitimacy to the ravings of Khaled Meshal, Hamas’ top official, who said Wednesday: “Gaza is the first liberation, then comes the West Bank, then every inch of Palestinian land.” He said all this while standing in front of a banner reading, yes, “Today Gaza, Tomorrow Jerusalem.” It should have had beneath it “Sponsored by the UNDP.”

For financing terrorist propaganda, the UNDP is the Knave of the week.

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