If Sept 11th teaches anything, it's that even the most powerful nation on Earth is not immune to attack.
Misguided foreign policy years back, expediency, old religious hatreds, failed states allowed to fester, all this and more can get mixed into a deadly brew.
To be effective against disparate, scattered, fanatical, close-knit terror cells, the US will needs the help of many nations, sometimes unstable ones at that.
The UN is the main conduit for this.
An semi-isolationist, unilateral stance just won't work, remember loony-tune John Ashcroft's first act on taking office in 2001, cutting anti-terror funding and diverting it to fighting pornography.
Want to trust your security totally to the CIA? With their record, in-fighting with other agencies and laughably poor human intelligence sources in the Middle East?
I think it's sad that a proportion of Americans see the UN as some kind of enemy, it wasn't just idealism that set it up, it was seen as good for the US, and good for the world.
When the US has been properly engaged with the world, it's foreign policy has truly done great things, enhancing US security when doing so.
But those in the US who oversaw the UN's formation were great men, not the corrupt, rabble-rousing, ignorant political pygmies that makes up so much of the current administration, poor Colin Powell, he must be a lonely man in Washington.
A poll today shows that despite the rather thin 'Dossier On Iraq's WMD' being published, 75% of the British public are not in favour of joining a US attack against Iraq WITHOUT UN approval.
Most want Saddam gone, but with a proper mandate.
Polling also shows the figures are not much different when US citizens are asked the same question, so let Bush try crude political mud-slinging against the democrat's on this most serious of issues. (Anything to do with the mid-term elections?)
Most people are reasonable and sensible in the US, sure the UN may be a bit irritating every now and then, but imagine the last 50+ years without it, it could have been much worse.
But a proper sense of history, not just trying to sell yourself as the new 'Churchill', (yeah right), is so absent from this administration.