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more faith in the United Nations than I do.  You seem to feel that no matter what the repercussions in Libya, that everything will be kosher because it has the UN stamp of approval. JFT

Not faith. Hope and not a great deal. As for Libya, the key to a successful conclusion lies with the Libyan National Transition Council.

prone to a liberal, elitist, and anti-American strain which is obviously endemic to vast bureaucracies. JFT

It would be inappropriate for international civil servants to be either pro or anti any national government. Nor is the bureaucracy 'vast'.

The UN has 63,450 employees in the entire UN system worldwide.. By comparison: the United States Department of Education employs nearly 71,000 people; the city of Ontario, Canada, has over 80,000 public employees; and the Coca Cola Company has 74,000 employees.
http://www.un.org/geninfo/ir/index.asp?id=160

You lay great emphasis on 'leadership'. I would stress 'co-operation'. In the nature of things, the UN is bound to reflect the the divisions among its members. It's a democracy of nations, not an organization where a Great Leader among nations should play an imperial role.

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