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Conjure up your darkest Orwellian nightmare. Install a chief who believes "Political unification in some sort of world government will be required." Hold conferences where speakers condemn "the poisoned air of nationalism," and proclaim, "We are at the beginning of a long process of breaking down the walls of national sovereignty." Propose a "New World Information Order" to eradicate pro-Western news and a Heritage Sites Program to transfer private property to the "protection of all humanity."

This nightmare is a reality. Its name is UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, and if Congress has its way, America may soon be caught in its web.

Last week, while the Hill was abuzz with the budget bill and the media was preoccupied with Tim McVeigh, a brave amendment died a quiet death. Rep. Tom Tancredo rose to counter a provision that calls on the U.S. to rejoin UNESCO and resume payment of $67 million in annual membership dues. He was beat back, 225-193.

In 1984, President Reagan withdrew from UNESCO in denunciation of its anti-democratic policies, gross mismanagement, and dubious track record. Today, after a string of cosmetic reforms, UNESCO's structure is slightly changed, but its globalist vision endures. It remains an organization committed to blurring borders and undermining sovereignty. This is no place for an independent nation, and America has as much business there as Sudan does in the Human Rights Commission.

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