Citizen Smash notes a Boston.com story about the Kofi Annan’s pledge to continue UN leadership in Iraq — from offices in Jordan and Cyprus.
With a friend like that, who needs enemas?
“Mounting insecurity cannot be solved through military means alone. A political solution is required,” Annan said in a 26-page report that laid out how the UN can help.
The first step, he wrote, is to include some of the Iraqis who have been excluded from the political process so they have a stake in the country’s future. He also urged the US-led forces to tone down their use of lethal force “even in the face of deliberate and provocative terrorist attacks,” to undercut popular support for insurgents.
We should kill suicide bombers and murderers with kindness? Not nearly as efficient as guns and bombs, my friend. I realize that there’s more to be done in Iraq than just killing bad guys, but killing bad guys is a major bullet point in our campaign against terror. (No pun intended.)
Why should I spend my valuable time explaining why the UN doesn’t work when the UN is explaining it so clearly already? Wherever you stand on the issue of Iraq, you must admit that the UN has really dropped the ball over the past decade. I’d be very willing to expand UN involvement in Iraq and other World War 4 hotspots if they’d just start ACTING RESPONSIBLY. I’m not holding my breath.
Do we really want the UN in Iraq? Not in its present state. Look at Kosovo (Crime, terror flourish in ‘liberated’ Kosovo – Ethnic cleansing, smuggling rampant under UN’s aegis).
As always, I wouldn’t mind seeing us share some of the responsibility (and control) with the UN. This is EXACTLY WHY IT EXISTS. But if the compromises are too far from our interests, and they appear to be, we should stay the unilateral course, along with all the other unilateral nations who also happen to be in Iraq with us.