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UN can't help Iraq

Posted on December 17, 2003 at 09:32 AM in Not Australia | Permalink

Memo

To: People who cry Give the reconstruction effort in Iraq to the UN

From: Secretary General Kofi Annan

"I think the UN has done as much as it can for Iraq," Annan told reporters. "So quite honestly I don't think today is the time to hurl accusations."

At least Annan understands that the UN can't actually help people who need it. Let's see what it is that the UN has 'done' for Iraq.

  1. Institute useless sanctions that gave Saddam the cover to slaughter more of his people while blaming the west.
  2. Run away when attacked

Yep, that's about all the UN could do for them.

By the way, if Mr Annan could let us know when is the right day for hurling accusations that would be appreciated. Maybe it could be instituted as another 'World <insert some cause here> Day'. I know a lot of people who'd gladly participate in a 'World point-out-how-useless-the-UN-is Day'.

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That one quote says it all, doesn't it? How does Kofi Annan look in the mirror? He should feel nothing but shame, about Iraq and all the other corners of the world that he has given dictators and tyrants a pass. Of course, the US should be nice to Saddam, it worked for the UN. Maybe, someday, we'll all wake up to a new world body made up only of democratic nations. That's a probably a pipe dream but maybe our kids will see it.
Rob A.

# Posted by: Rob A. (24.46.82.127) at Dec 17, 2003 1:47:05 PM

Not trolling or anything, but it was the Security Council that initiated the sanctions, back in 1990, and then after Gulf War the First was over they voted to keep them going. http://www.terrorismanswers.com/causes/iraq.html

This effort was led largely by the US. And before you accuse me of partisan sniping, I'll note that while Poppy's admin started the ball rolling, Clinton kept it going. But it does seem that your first point is rather off mark, since what the muscle-boys in the UN did was binding on all other members.

D

# Posted by: Murph (24.67.253.203) at Jan 13, 2004 10:59:37 AM

I agree that the US had a large hand in implementing the sanctions in the first place, but I would contend that they didn't achive anything good. And that was the end of what the UN did for Iraq.

I agree, the US played a large role in the sanctions, but as the recent veto actions showed, the US doesn't control the UN. If the UN really wanted to help Iraq, they would have been looking at ways of ousting Saddam rather that just starving his people.

# Posted by: Glenn Slaven (203.51.82.7) at Jan 13, 2004 11:07:55 AM

"I wish the real world would just stop hassling me" - Rob Thomas