Waving Goodbye to UNESCO

Angry at its leftist tilt, the U.S. pulls out

It was mid-afternoon when Jean Gerard, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and Richard Ahern, deputy chief of the U.S. delegation, left the U.S. mission in Paris for a short limousine ride to UNESCO's concrete-and-glass headquarters. They took an elevator to the fifth floor, where UNESCO'S Senegalese Director-General, Amadou Mahtar M'Bow, has his office. There they gave him a three-page letter, typed on U.S. delegation stationery. M'Bow barely glanced at it. "I will read this with great interest," he...

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