settlement was Ali Rajai's visit to the United Nations. 104 Waldheim has written: "In my opinion this was the turning point in the Iranian hostage crisis. Rajai was visibly shocked by the luke-warm reception he received in New York, not only by the Western Representatives but also by his friends from the Third World." 105 Warren Christopher agreed, pointing out that "countries we often have thought to be our antagonists within the U.N. system helped mightily and perhaps decisively to let Iran know that, for its own sake, it should resolve the crisis." 106 Algeria, which a few years earlier had been the leader of the anti-American coalition in the United Nations, was of crucial help. The Algerian ambassador in Washington, Redha Malek, proved to be a man of enormous "stature" during the last days of the crisis, and officials of an Algerian delegation remained in Teheran from December 30, 1980, until January 20, 1981, when they escorted the American hostages home. 107
Thus, the purposeful strategy of courting the third world and elevating the status and importance of the United Nations may have paid some dividends. But these hard-won achievements among Third World peoples and in the halls of the United Nations probably offered only minimal solace to Jimmy Carter on inauguration day, 1981, as he watched a beaming Ronald Reagan replace him in the White House.
In 1984 the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C., published an anthology entitled A World Without A U.N. 108 The authors commended the Reagan administration for its innovative and conservative policies, particularly in foreign affairs, and at the same time proposed that, given the new administration's inclination to question former conventions, it rethink the United States'____________________