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In a new fund-raising letter for the World Federalist Association, former CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite, known for a generation as “the most trusted man in America,” calls for the creation of a standing United Nations army and U.S. Senate ratification of the International Criminal Court.
The World Federalist Association, directed by former presidential candidate John Anderson, promotes the idea of global government as the solution for many of the world’s problems.
“The recent terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon have shown that we must stand together, united as citizens of the world, if we are to create a world free of intolerance, injustice and violence,” Cronkite says in his letter. “An empowered U.N. is our best hope for achieving such a goal – a global community that can solve our problems effectively, democratically and peacefully.”
Specifically, Cronkite calls for:
- “permanent U.N. peacekeeping forces for rapid responses to ruptures of peace”;
- “U.S. Senate ratification of the International Criminal Court treaty in order to bring international lawbreakers to justice”;
- “a strong and well-funded Commission for Sustainable Development to protect the earth’s atmosphere and oceans”;
- “full and on-time payments of all U.S. financial obligations to the U.N. – which amounts to only $1.11 per U.S. citizen”; and
- “a more democratic and representative U.N. that provides a voice for the world’s citizens, not just governments.”
Cronkite adds that “until we have effective international law to forge genuine, enforceable international solutions, many of the most vexing problems we face will continue to defy remedy.”
The letter on behalf of the World Federalist Association’s “Campaign for Global Change” is hardly the first time Cronkite has spoken out on such a controversial issue since stepping down as CBS News managing editor.
In October 1999, Cronkite spoke at the U.N. and called openly for world government – and an end to the notion of U.S. sovereignty.
“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict, we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace,” he said to those assembled including then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. “To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order.”
Though Cronkite was known largely for his dispassionate coverage of the news during his tenure as CBS anchorman, he was recommended for the job by influential socialist journalist Blair Clark, late editor of the Nation magazine, according to Clark’s obituary in that magazine in July 2000.
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