In Final Visit, Bush Touts UN

Multinational bodies key against extremists, president tells General Assembly
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 23, 2008 12:43 PM CDT
President Bush meets with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in New York today. Bush spoke for the last time before the UN General Assembly.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Bush, who once expressed disdain for the United Nations, said today that multinational organizations are now "needed more urgently than ever" to combat extremists threatening world order. In his eighth and final speech to the General Assembly, Bush said the international community must stand firm against North Korea and Iran’s nuclear ambitions and must unite to help Iraq’s struggling democracy succeed.

Bush scolded Russia for invading neighboring Georgia, saying it violated the UN charter. He called on the international community to rally behind young democracies like Georgia. "Democracies around the world are watching to see how we respond to this test," he said. He also said the threat from terrorists remains, though their “numbers are growing fewer.”