Frontpage Interview's guest today is Pedro Sanjuan, who has worked in seven different government departments during seven presidential administrations, including two tours on the White House staff.His
writings have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Quarterly, the Wall Street Journal
, and numerous foreign publications.He
is the author of the new book The UN Gang: A Memoir of Incompetence, Corruption, Espionage, Anti-Semitism and Islamic Extremism at the UN Secretariat.
Preview ImageFP: Pedro Sanjuan
, welcome to Frontpage Interview.It is a privilege to speak with you.Sanjuan
: Glad to be here.
FP: We're here today to talk about your insider's view of the U.N. failings.You have an incredible experience in having been a spy on spies.Let's start by you giving us a brief background about yourself and how you ended up being motivated to write this book.Sanjuan
: Well, as you note, I have worked in seven different U.S. government departments, including being on the White House
staff and two presidential appointments.I have seen my share of bureaucratic incompetence and malfeasance.Seeing the incompetence, corruption, espionage and anti-Semitism first-hand at the United Nations over a period of ten years led me to feel that it was important that the rest of the world be made aware of such outrageous failings at the United Nations.
FP: Why do you think the outrageous failings at the U.N.
are ignored by the mainstream media?Sanjuan
: For over fifty years during the Cold War the goings-on at the UN
were limited to irrelevant issues by both superpowers.
: To begin with the library at the UN
was almost entirely staffed by Soviet UN personnel and always had a Soviet director.
: Authoritarianism has been an almost timeless historical tradition in Russia during its repeatedly turbulent and tragic history.
: Anti-Semitism at the United Nations was nothing short of appalling.
: Anti-Semitism is a tragic attitude that permeates so-called Western civilization.
: There are a number of reforms that are essential within the Secretariat, but one of the most important is to make available without delay to any member state direct access to all Secretariat records, current and past, and to any financial and budget documents.
...Sanjuan: My concern is that in the post-Cold War period the UN will become the focus of opposition to the only superpower left, and that Israel will find itself more than ever the only pariah UN member because of Israel's close collaboration with the U.S.
FP: When is the U.N. going to denounce Islamic suicide bombings?Sanjuan
: The present UN administration has mildly denounced Islamic suicide bombings while insisting that a clear distinction be made between terrorists and freedom fighters, and it never clarified whether the murderers on 9/11 were of one variety or the other.
FP: Mr. Sanjuan
, thank you for joining us today.