Yury Fedotov, the UNODC Executive Director, and the US delegation took note of the interconnections between the various forms of illicit crimes across the globe, with the US legislators showing particular interest in the linkages between transnational organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism, during the meeting at the UNODC headquarters in Vienna on Friday.
Yes, there are linkages between organized crime, drug trafficking, and terrorism. But understanding those links and how to deal with them requires an intelligence not likely found in that room.
You say the word “terrorism” to people in Congress, and there’s a chemical reaction akin to negative emotions in Dr. David Banner, and they suddenly want to transform into a hulking Department of Defense and just smash things.
So, naturally, Fedotov is going to say the words crime, terrorism, and drugs together as often as possible.
And it works.
Last year, the United States pledged $34.3 million to assist in implementing UNODC’s work across the globe, and Washington is a lead supporter of the Office’s programmes.
Interesting that I constantly hear about Congress’s antipathy towards the U.N. and threats to remove funding, and yet nobody, on either side of the aisle, seems to ever have anything bad to say about the UNODC. Perhaps it’s because that part of the U.N. doesn’t seem to be hung up on annoying concepts like peace or human rights, or getting in the way of their desire to smash things.