Monday, August 07, 2006

Annan Watch

So I haven't heard from Kofi in a few days. I don't know if he shut up after alleging that Israel had deliberately killed UN soldiers or if the media simply stopped taking the man seriously. He does head the UN, after all. How serious can we take him. Still, he sets agendas. And here's why he's back in the Cave.

Kofi's going on now about international law. Where was Kofi's sense of international law during Rwanda? During Bosnia? During Sudan - today! Where was Kofi's outrage when a couple of Arabs blew up themselves and everyone around them on the pedestrian mall, at Sbaros, on the buses, at Moment, at Felafel HaTemeni, on the 19, 14, 6, at the hitchiking post on French Hill, at Hebrew U, at the Dolphinarium, on Jaffa St. when they opened fire? I could keep going. It's all from memory, and you don't forget those things. From Haaretz:
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annanhas said Israel's shelling of the Lebanese village of Qana appears to fit a pattern of violations of international law marking warfare between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas, said on Monday.

In a report to the UN Security Council, Annan said a comprehensive investigation was needed to gather evidence of possible violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws affecting both Lebanese and Israeli civilians during the conflict.

"The attack should be seen in the broader context of what could be, based on preliminary information available to the United Nations, including eyewitness accounts, a pattern of violations of international law ... committed during the course of the current hostilities," he said.
By the way, I heard a great idea last night on one of the networks. I believe it was Fox. Move the UN to Haiti. Make them in charge of it. See how that goes.

Every day the UN proves its impotence more and more. Doing more damage than good,
the UN's time has come. It needs to be reshaped with sharper teeth and more power to discipline rogue states and actors. When the head of the UN meets Arafat, Nasrallah and Saddam, something's wrong.

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