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Man of His Moment

- Abstract

The United Nations General Assembly’s “Zionism is racism” resolution, adopted on November 10, 1975, was a Cold War high-water mark for the Soviet Union and a low-water mark for the UN. Passed by a 72–35 margin (with another 32 members abstaining or absent), Resolution 3379 sought to delegitimize Israel by equating its entire reason for being to South African apartheid. It came during a decidedly bad period for the United States, following the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon’s near-impeachment and resignation, the slow-motion, self-inflicted defeat in Vietnam, and the unraveling of America’s social structure.

About the Author

John R. Bolton, who was U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006, is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.