Friday, January 16, 2004

UN: Annan "merely giving in?"

This is what is wrong with the UN:

People close to Mr. Annan say he has rarely been in a more uncomfortable position. For months, he has wanted the United Nations to oversee Iraq's transition to self-government. But he did not want it to be seen as merely giving in to an American plan worked out with Iraqis chosen by Mr. Bremer.

In summary, Annan knows it's a good idea to get the UN in there to help, but he doesn't want to be perceived as "merely giving in" to the Americans. So, to avoid this label, he is willing to allow the UN to turn its back on the people of Iraq, who for years lived under a brutal and treacherous dictator who defied the UN at every opportunity and, quite frankly, made the UN look worse than any American plan could.

However, at least some "U.N. officials" have the common sense:

U.N. officials said yesterday that direct elections could not be organized in Iraq before the July deadline, placing the international body on the side of the United States in a looming confrontation with Iraq's Shi'ite community led by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani.


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